Wind Power News: Maine
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
CLIFTON, Maine – It’s been five months since a wind farm opened on Pisgah Mountain following seven years of planning, several lawsuits, at least seven townwide votes and fear over noise and bird fatalities. But since the turbines went online on Dec. 17., no one has complained. “There has not been one complaint. Not one loud noise complaint, and not one bird kill,” said developer Paul Fuller. Debbie Hodgins, administrative assistant at the Town Office confirmed that no one has filed . . .
GREENWOOD – Voters will decide at a special town meeting Wednesday, April 19, whether to buy a new plow truck, pay for a townwide property revaluation and enact a wind development moratorium ordinance. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall next to the Town Office on Gore Road. The warrant articles ask voters to appropriate up to $165,000 from the Highway Equipment Reserve Account to purchase a 2018 plow truck, and up to $75,000 from the . . .
Maine Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy on Friday denied motions filed by First Wind Holdings LLC and its four subsidiaries in response to last fall’s $13.6 million verdict in favor of the Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative. In a news release announcing the decision, the cooperative’s lead trial lawyer, Sigmund Schutz of the Preti Flaherty LLP law firm, said Murphy “upheld the jury’s verdict that the defendants [First Wind] had acted in bad faith.” Friday’s ruling upholds the November 2016 verdict . . .
ORONO, Maine – Maine’s floating wind power advocates are sounding the alarm over legislation that would push a two-turbine test site farther away from Monhegan Island, saying that the shift would sink the decade-long push to draw power from the untapped Gulf of Maine winds. The bill, introduced by Sen. Dana Dow, R-Lincoln, would bar wind turbines within 10 miles of Monhegan Island. “If we had to move this site now, everything is gone – the investments disappear,” said Habib Dagher, director . . .
I am writing in response to George Smith’s April 5 column, “Mining is not Maine’s future”). I agree that Maine’s brook trout are more valuable than gold – we are one of the few states that still have native brook trout. Yes, blasting away our mountains to mine the precious metals that are searched for, also releases the toxic metals that do destroy our environment and fisheries with the runoff that Smith mentions. Smith is an advocate for renewable energy as . . .
A multimillion-dollar subsidy that Maine electric customers pay to encourage the use of renewable power is up for review in the Legislature next week and there are likely to be differing views on its value and its future. Even advocates agree that the Renewable Portfolio Standard, first enacted 18 years ago and updated in 2006, needs a tuneup and isn’t working as intended. But as with many energy issues, it may be hard to find common ground among Democrats, Republicans . . .
A bill aimed at moving a wind energy test site farther from Monhegan Island would have the practical effect of ending Maine’s bid to build the country’s first commercial-size, floating wind turbines, according to a federal Department of Energy official. “If it moved, it would kill the project,” Walt Musial, offshore wind program manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, told the Portland Press Herald. “This is a unique site. If they had to start over, it . . .
Maine Gov. Paul LePage, in a recent weekly message, outlined reasons why Mainers pay such high energy costs. According to the governor, Maine’s electricity prices are among the highest in the nation, ranking 11 in states with the highest rates. LePage said, “When you see your electricity bill, you should know that rates are artificially high.” This, LePage said, is due to subsidies and something called “stranded costs.” In common parlance, this means that the reason our electricity rates are . . .
New England states have considered imposing economywide carbon fees before, but this year’s efforts have taken on a sense of urgency with an administration in Washington that is rolling back policies to control power-sector greenhouse gas emissions. The states already attack greenhouse gases as members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program for buying and selling pollution credits aimed at ratcheting down emissions across New England and in New York, Delaware and Maryland. Renewed legislative efforts recognize . . .
PORTLAND, Maine – Wind power opponents near Moosehead Lake are worried that Massachusetts interests are going to despoil their landscape, 164 years after Bay Stater Henry David Thoreau trundled his famous nature-praising pen through Maine’s North Woods. Massachusetts on Friday issued a massive request for clean power proposals that could help the state meet its goal of reducing its electrical system’s impact on global warming. By 2020, the state aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation to 25 percent . . .