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.
DIXFIELD – Town Manager Carlo Puiia said Wednesday that the Board of Selectmen will decide how to amend a proposed wind ordinance at its meeting in July. This month, residents voted 178-220 against approving the most recent version of the ordinance, which included the state standard for sound limits of 42 decibels at night and 55 decibels during the day. The ordinance was written after Patriot Renewables of Quincy, Mass., approached town officials in October 2010 about constructing wind turbines on . . .
PERU – The Peru Board of Selectmen voted Monday night to send a letter to the state Land Use Planning Commission requesting it remove Milton Township from the state’s list of areas for expedited permitting for wind power projects. The decision followed a request from Peter Fetchko of Woodstock, who asked if selectmen were aware of the proposed project. Two of the five said they had heard rumors or guessed a project was in the works. EverPower Wind Holdings in Pittsburgh, . . .
PARIS – There appeared to be multiple controversies on simmer at the same time regarding a possible wind power project in Milton Township that was discussed at the monthly meeting of the Oxford County Commissioners. Milton is in the county’s unorganized territory, so it has no local government. Its citizens must bring their issues to the county commissioners for a hearing. Earlier this year EverPower, a Pittsburgh company, began exploring the possibility of installing a wind power electrical generation site in . . .
WOODSTOCK – The Board of Selectmen voted Tuesday evening to sign a letter of support asking the Maine Land Use Planning Commission in Bangor to remove Milton Township from the “Expedited Permitting Area for Wind Energy Development.” The letter stated that the town made the request “for several reasons, foremost of which is our obligation to the citizens of Woodstock who, because of our contiguous border with Milton Township, will be in jeopardy of negative impacts to their property values, scenic . . .
The recent sale of a wind power development site in Aroostook County to out-of-state investors has an anti-wind development group in Somerset County concerned that a similar scenario could unfold for a planned project in the Moosehead Lake area. A federal judge last week approved the sale of SunEdison’s King Pine project, a planned 600-megawatt wind farm in southern Aroostook County, to San Francisco-based Pattern Energy for $26.5 million, according to federal court filings. The sale is the latest move . . .
PORTLAND, Maine – The San Francisco-based wind energy investors Pattern Energy Group Inc. has reached a deal with the now-bankrupt SunEdison to buy development rights for what would be the state’s single-largest wind farm, located in southern Aroostook County. Pattern has agreed to buy rights to SunEdison’s proposed King Pine wind project for about $26.5 million, conditioned upon the project winning a supply contract from a group of southern New England states that solicited clean energy proposals in February. The proposed . . .
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry sent this bulletin at 06/16/2016 09:03 AM EDT LUPC Windpower Expedited Area Petitions In response to Public Law 2015, Chapter 265 “An Act to Improve Regulatory Consistency within the Jurisdiction of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission,” the LUPC has received petitions to remove the following areas from the expedited permitting area for wind energy development: • Carrying Place Township, Somerset County • Codyville Plantation, Washington County • Forest Township, Washington County • . . .
RUMFORD – Voters repealed the town’s five-year-old wind development ordinance at the annual town meeting Tuesday, 571-452. In its place, the town will adopt the state’s model wind ordinance. Outgoing Selectman Frank DiConzo requested the change. Selectman Mark Belanger said the present ordinance is “so restrictive that no one would ever consider coming here with a wind energy project.” Town Manager John Madigan said that at the time the ordinance was discussed there weren’t any wind farms around. “Now people are . . .
The Center for Biological Diversity and Defenders of Wildlife in Richmond, Vermont, has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the tricolored bat under the Endangered Species Act. Tricolored bat is one of the eight species found in Maine, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Like several other North American bat species, the tricolored bat has declined dramatically over the past 10 years due to the fungal disease called white-nose syndrome and is at . . .
BREWER, Maine – Industrial wind power projects will be more difficult to site on the west side of Moosehead Lake, after a state planning board voted unanimously Wednesday to remove six unincorporated areas from an expedited wind permitting area. The Land Use Planning Commission‘s 9-0 vote removed 14 townships and plantations from the area, where environmental reviews of wind projects are fast-tracked to encourage development. They are: Cathance, Concord, Edmunds, Long Pond, Mason, Misery Gore, Molunkus, Salem, Sapling and Sapling Administrative . . .