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.
At a forum last week, the selectmen and Planning Board heard appeals from a citizens group trying to delay the proposal of a 9-megawatt wind power facility in north Orland. Calling itself Friends of Dodge Hill, the group is collecting signatures and petitioning the town to adopt a moratorium on turbine applications. According to those who spoke last Wednesday, Nov. 19, such a delay would allow the Planning Board to revisit several requirements in Orland’s wind power ordinance before an . . .
AUGUSTA — State regulators Thursday denied a Peru woman’s appeal of an eight-turbine wind farm atop Canton Mountain, greenlighting what would be the fourth wind project in Oxford County. In a unanimous ruling, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted to reject Alice McKay Barnett’s administrative appeal on Canton Mountain Wind’s project after it found the applicant had met the department’s standards. In her petition for review of final agency action against the Department of Environmental Protection and Canton Mountain . . .
Officials from the company that wants to build a 62-turbine wind farm in northern Somerset County say the planned sale of the company should not affect the project. A spokesman for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday that it’s too soon to tell. Earlier this week, TerraForm Power Inc. agreed to sell project developer First Wind, a subsidiary, to SunEdison, Inc. of Maryland Heights, Missouri, for $1.1 billion. The purchase price could hit $2.4 billion if specified solar . . .
Officials from the company that wants to build a 62-turbine wind farm in northern Somerset County say the recent sale of the company should not affect the project, but a spokesman for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday that it’s too soon to tell. Earlier this week, TerraForm Power Inc. agreed to sell project developer First Wind, a subsidiary, to SunEdison, Inc. of Maryland Heights, Mo., for $1.1 billion. The purchase price could hit $2.4 billion if specified . . .
Last week Friends of Maine’s Mountains, whose mission is educational, sent Chris O’Neil on an educational mission. A Texas company that wants to build Maine’s largest industrial wind site in Aroostook County, just 30 miles from Baxter State Park, held a public meeting in Mars Hill. O’Neil is a government relations consultant to Friends, and we wanted him to ask some tough questions. EDP Renewables held its Number Nine Mountain Wind Project Public Informational Meeting (PIM) at the high school . . .
SunEdison’s plan to buy wind developer First Wind for $2.4 billion would place its Maine wind projects in the portfolio of the world’s largest renewable energy company. The deal also would hasten a shift in how renewable energy projects are financed. If the deal closes as planned early next year, First Wind’s turbines would become part of a relatively new trend in renewable power that allows a company to turn its promise of regular returns from long-term electricity buyers into . . .
PORTLAND, Maine — Ending a partnership challenged twice before state regulators and in court, Nova Scotia-based Emera has sold its interest in a $333 million joint venture with First Wind, which was purchased Monday by a Missouri-based renewable power developer. Emera announced Monday that it has agreed to sell its interest in Northeast Wind Partners back to First Wind for $223 million. The deal would end a legal challenge to that partnership, which Houlton Water Co. and a group representing . . .
It would be nice if ordinary citizens had the money to hire lobbying groups, as the corporate wind developers and forest landowners do. Then, we could pay lobbyists such as Paul Williamson of The Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative to write letters to the editor for us (BDN, Nov. 13, “Wind energy success”) and lobby state and local governments. The Maine wind industry has not been a success, contrary to Williamson’s claim. Maine’s inland wind is marginal at best, . . .
MARS HILL, Maine — A Texas company will likely apply for state permits within 30 days to build what would be Maine’s largest industrial wind site, officials said Friday. Representatives of EDP Renewables held a public information session, which drew about 50 people, on the proposed 250-megawatt facility featuring about 120 turbines on Wednesday in Mars Hill. Company officials told Aroostook County commissioners on Sept. 3 that they expected to seek Maine Department of Environmental Protection permits for their Number . . .
DIXFIELD — Two weeks after residents narrowly rejected an amended Wind Energy Facility Ordinance at the polls Nov. 4, a petition has been filed requesting a recount, Town Manager Carlo Puiia said Friday. The vote recount will take place at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, and the Town Office will be closed for all other municipal issues, he said. The ordinance was rejected by five votes, 557-562. The original ordinance was approved in 2012, but the Board of Selectmen voted . . .