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.
Tenants Harbor – Residents raised concerns at the March 20 Select Board meeting about the possibility that power cables from the Aqua Ventus offshore wind project proposed off Monhegan could make landfall in Port Clyde. Some of the roughly 30 attendees questioned whether 34.5-kilovolt cables running through town would create an eyesore or safety hazard, and how St. George would benefit from the cables. The questions came after a presentation from University of Maine Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development . . .
A state lawmaker sponsoring a bill calling for a board to oversee the public advocate’s office says the move would deliver more balanced guidance and was not the result of the utility headed by his son having conflicts with the advocate’s office. Republican Rep. Roger Sherman said he is sponsoring the bill because he’s not always “sure” of decisions made by Public Advocate Timothy Schneider, who supports ratepayers before state, regional and federal regulators. Sherman’s son is the general manager . . .
Most Maine cities and towns use zoning, sometimes called a land use ordinance, to help them manage what is important in the community. Zoning can cover just about any land use: barking dogs, houselots, signs, parking… In recent years a new land use has captured the attention of municipal governments from Portland to Presque Isle: wind energy. While the Maine Department of Environmental Protection issues permits for wind projects, the state’s standards and protections are weak. But once a wind project permit is . . .
ST. GEORGE, Maine – Locals and fishermen wondering how floating wind turbines will affect fishing grounds and the feel of their town had a chance to air questions and grievances to people behind the project this week. “We need the resource to fish on, but we also need to be able to get to the resource,” said Richard Nelson, a 30-plus-year lobsterman based out of Friendship. “It’s a balancing act. Renewables are positive unto themselves, but as fisherman we have to . . .
St. George – The parking lot was full at the St. George Town Office Feb. 28 as fishermen, activists, residents and members of the press gathered to learn more about the proposed 600-foot-tall floating wind turbines that may be located off Monhegan for a 20-year test. Officials from the University of Maine and the U.S. Department of Energy set up posters displaying information and artists’ drawings of the proposed project, and members of the public and press were asked to sign . . .
Legislation proposed by Maine Sen. Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro, to prohibit The New England Aqua Ventus 1 project from building two 6-megawatt wind turbines two-and-a-half miles off Monhegan Island could kill the University of Maine-led effort. For now, it is now one of only two projects still in the running for Department of Energy funding. Dow’s bill, LR 1613, “An Act To Protect Monhegan Island,” would prohibit the placement of a wind energy test area – with turbines roughly 585 feet tall – . . .
Maine’s most-contentious energy policy battle in recent years took place last spring, when Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a wide-ranging solar bill and the Legislature failed to override the veto by two votes. Many politicians and lobbyists sought to influence the governor on this issue. But the voice he heard most clearly may have come from a 63-year-old, self-taught refrigeration technician, whom LePage met at a Bangor radio station when he first ran for office seven years ago. “The governor called . . .
A new wind energy project could mean 30 wind turbines placed over a 9,000‑acre spread in the Columbia, Cherryfield and townships 18 and 19 area of Washington County. Downeast Wind, a subsidiary of Apex Clean Energy of Virginia, is exploring a wind energy project, with company representative Paul Williamson expected to attend the February 9 Washington County commissioners’ meeting to discuss the project scope. County commission Chair Chris Gardner says that the commissioners will “take a listen and see what . . .
AUGUSTA – Senator Dana Dow (R-Lincoln) has submitted legislation to protect the heritage of Maine’s iconic Monhegan Island, which has long been known as a place of rugged beauty, free from commercial development and the distractions of modern life. LR 1613, “An Act To Protect Monhegan Island,” would prohibit the placement of a wind energy test area – with turbines forecasted to be 585 feet tall – within 10 miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. This measure is critical . . .
For years, I have considered myself to be pro-environment. Yet, I am now in strong opposition to commercial wind towers. Greenwood is a proposed CWT site, with 17 towers, each 600 feet tall. Electricity generated would be sold to Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. It is not for Maine. I oppose CWT because Western Maine has an established tourist economy. Tourists come here to ski, snowmobile, hike, fish, hunt, ATV, boat and enjoy outdoor activities. Many residents earn their livelihoods . . .