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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.

December 4, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Number Nine wind power application withdrawn

EDP Renewables, which proposed to construct the largest wind power development in Maine, a 119 turbine facility with an installed capacity of 250 megawatts in unorganized townships in Aroostook County, has withdrawn its application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. EDP had also proposed a 51.6 mile transmission line. However, the company has faced a gauntlet of troubles. In July, EDP’s power purchase agreement with two Connecticut utilities, signed in 2013 to line up customers for the project, was . . .

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December 4, 2016 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Monhegan Island is the wrong place for wind turbines

MONHEGAN ISLAND – A recent Press Herald article described Protect Monhegan as a “small group” of island residents seeking the relocation of wind turbines to be placed little more than two miles from our island. While we may be small in terms of the big institutions we are up against – Maine’s largest public university (the University of Maine), largest construction company (Cianbro Corp.) and second-largest electric utility (Emera Maine) – we represent the views of nearly half of Monhegan Island . . .

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December 2, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Saco turbine in doubtful state

SACO – The wind turbine in Saco has been shut off since this summer and prospects for getting it operating effectively again are not optimistic, according to Ward 7 City Councilor Nathan Johnston. “In July, I informed council that we had to implement the safety shutoff due to its need for repair,” City Administrator Kevin Sutherland wrote in a memo published Nov. 16. “The cost of repair is beyond the city administrator’s spending authority and is not part of the . . .

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December 1, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Gov. Paul LePage pushes for cheaper electricity

Taking aim at green power initiatives that raise energy costs, Gov. Paul LePage said in his weekly radio address Wednesday that Maine consumers deserve a break. “Decades of corruption, poor decision-making and wealthy special interests controlling Augusta” have left the state shouldering higher-than-necessary costs for energy, the governor said, a legacy he claims crimps business growth. LePage seeks to end initiatives aimed at bolstering wind and solar use that call for above-market-rate payments that proponents say are needed to get . . .

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November 23, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Jury awards co-op $13.6M in breach of contract lawsuit with wind power firms

BANGOR, Maine – A Penobscot County jury last week awarded Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative more than $13.6 million in lost profits in a breach of contract lawsuit against First Wind Holdings and four of its subsidiaries. Sigmund Schutz, the Portland attorney who represented the cooperative, called the damage award “among the largest jury verdicts ever awarded in Maine.” The cooperative is a consumer-owned electric utility headquartered in Calais. It serves about 12,500 customers in portions of Aroostook, Penobscot and Washington counties. . . .

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November 22, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Jury awards $13.6 million to electric cooperative in Maine

A jury on Friday awarded a $13.6 million to an electric cooperative that sued for breach of contract over a failed transmission line deal. Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative sued after a deal fell through to buy a portion of a transmission line connecting three wind farms to the power grid. First Wind, now owned by SunEdison, wanted to sell a 12.5-mile stretch of the power line in 2011 to Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative, but the deal fell apart because of . . .

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November 18, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Maine court rejects Emera deal but sidesteps energy market conflicts

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine’s top court struck down a joint venture among Emera Maine’s parent company and two power generators in a ruling Thursday that leaves open many questions about financial relationships between companies that supply power and those that transmit and distribute it. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court overturned regulators’ approval of the $333 million joint venture among electric utility Emera Inc., wind developer First Wind, and Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp., which has hydropower facilities in Maine. The ruling’s . . .

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November 18, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

12 townships removed from expedited wind power permitting area

The Maine Land Use Planning Commission has voted to remove a dozen more townships from the Expedited Permitting Area for wind power projects in Maine Unorganized Areas. Removal means that prior to any future windpower development proposals, the land area proposed for development would need to be rezoned. The areas being removed are: Albany Township, Carrying Place Township, Codyville Plantation, Forest City Township, Forest Township, Lambert Lake Township, Marion Township, Orneville Township, T7 SD BPP, Cary Plantation, Cove Point Township, . . .

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ISO-NE capacity requirement shows flat demand, more solar

The installed capacity requirement ISO-NE filed with FERC last week shows a continuing trend of slightly declining load growth and a greater reliance on behind-the-meter solar power (ER17-320). New England’s ICR for the upcoming 11th Forward Capacity Auction (delivery year 2020/21) is 34,075 MW. That represents a capacity need of 35,034 MW minus 959 MW of Hydro-Quebec Interconnection Capability Credits. In FCA 10 earlier this year, ICR resources of 35,126 MW were required. “There was a small drop in ICR, . . .

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November 2, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Monhegan residents say wind turbines are too close to island

A group of residents from Monhegan Island are calling on the partners in the Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind project to move their massive turbines further away from the island, saying the proposed project will do “irreparable harm” to their community 10 miles off the Maine coast. In a letter sent last month to the project partners, Travis Dow of the newly formed group, Protect Monhegan, said, “Monhegan is Maine’s most iconic offshore island and a place of major historical . . .

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