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.
Searsmont – Selectmen voted Oct. 4 to extend a moratorium on wind energy facilities for an additional six months. At town meeting this year, residents voted in favor of a moratorium on wind energy facilities for a 180-day period from the date of its adoption. The moratorium was enacted to give Planning Board members time to draft an ordinance for regulating such facilities. A wind energy facility is defined as a facility that uses one or more wind turbines to convert . . .
FARMINGTON – Franklin County commissioners unanimously approved amending the county’s tax increment financing agreement with TransCanada Maine Wind Development to capture more tax money that can be used for economic development within the Unorganized Territory. The vote in favor of passing the revised agreement on to the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development for final approval came after a two-hour public hearing on the proposed changes Tuesday night. At the hearing, county officials and residents spoke in favor of the . . .
Searsmont – Selectmen are holding a public hearing today, Oct. 4, to give residents the opportunity to comment on a proposed six-month extension to the town’s Wind Energy Facility Moratorium Ordinance that was approved at this year’s town meeting. The town’s Planning Board requested the extension to give members more time to complete work on a Wind Energy Facility Ordinance. The ordinance was in effect for 180 days from the date of its adoption and, according to the warrant article, the . . .
PORTLAND, Maine – The state department that oversees tax collection in Maine has come out against extending a property tax break on the 44-turbine Kibby Mountain wind farm in Franklin County, saying the deal is a giveaway on the backs of residents outside the unorganized territory. David Heidrich, spokesman for Maine’s Department of Administrative and Financial Services, on Monday urged the Franklin County commissioners to reject the proposal for revising the property tax break with developer TransCanada, which has placed the . . .
FARMINGTON – Proposed amendments to Franklin County’s tax increment financing agreement with TransCanada Maine Wind Development will be the focus of a public hearing Tuesday. The proposed changes to the TIF aim to capture more tax money from the company’s Kibby Mountain wind turbine project and broaden the category of economic development programs and projects the county can use the captured tax revenue for. But state officials on Monday raised concerns about the proposals. The Department of Financial and Administrative Services . . .
DIXFIELD – A public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Community Room at Dirigo High School on repealing the 2012 wind power ordinance and allowing the state to regulate wind power in town. Voters will decide the issue at the polls Nov. 8. The Wind Energy Facility Ordinance was written after Patriot Renewables of Quincy, Massachusetts, approached town officials in October 2010 about constructing wind turbines on the Colonel Holman Mountain ridge. It passed in 2012, but its . . .
A 14-foot diameter, 60-ton base of a Vestas V90-1.8 megawatt wind turbine is hauled up the access road to the Pisgah Mountain wind farm site in Clifton Friday morning. This is the first of 45 pieces that will be trucked from the port in Searsport to the site in Clifton over three weeks. Developer Paul Fuller said that the five turbines need to be in place before Oct. 15 to meet a deadline required as part of the Public Utility . . .
I note with concern the Sept. 16 article by Tux Turkel, “New owner arrives amid fight over wind.” My concern is that the 26-turbine wind power project extending from Parlin Pond east along Misery Ridge, described in the article as going forward with a new developer, is only one of two massively disruptive projects under development in this unspoiled region of our irreplaceable forestlands. The second proposes to place another 26 wind generation towers overlooking Indian Pond. Anyone who has . . .
BANGOR, Maine – As the state considers a new set of regulations for future wind power projects, Mainers worried about how turbines might affect their scenery and property values have more opportunity to air concerns and offer potential solutions. Janet Chasse of Greenville is concerned that potential turbines in the Moosehead Lake region would hurt the views that drive locals and tourists there. She and groups of other locals have been fighting possible industrial wind power projects ever since developers placed . . .
Despite the termination of an electricity purchase agreement, plans for what would be the largest wind farm in the state proposed for Unorganized Territory of central Aroostook County are still on track, according to the company behind the project. “We are still pursuing Number Nine. It is one of the best, most mature energy projects in New England,” Katie Chapman, project manager with EDP Renewables, said. While the estimated 119 turbine Number Nine Wind Farm originally was slated to come . . .