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.
PORTLAND, Maine — Utilities regulators turned down Central Maine Power Co.’s request to negotiate a land purchase for an affiliated wind power developer, arguing such an arrangement could open the possibility of improperly favorable treatment. Tuesday’s unanimous decision of the three-person Maine Public Utilities Commission came before the panel allowed a financial relationship between Nova Scotia utility Emera and the generation company Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. to continue pending a challenge in Maine’s top court. The commission’s decision in . . .
Chris O’Neil, spokesman for the antiwind development group Friends of Maine’s Mountains, said there has already been significant pushback among some residents who are concerned about what impact the massive project will have. ‘‘The consternation and anxiety has been excruciating, particularly for the people that live in the affected area,’’ he said.
DIXFIELD — Town Manager Carlo Puiia said that the Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 Monday evening to extend the wind energy facility moratorium for another 180 days to give them more time to amend the latest draft of the ordinance. Puiia said that Selectmen Mac Gill and Eugene Skibitsky voted against extending the moratorium. “They both voted not to support the extension based on knowledge that the project is not imminent for at least a few years,” Puiia said. “In . . .
A Texas-based company has filed an application with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to build a wind farm in Aroostook County for what would be New England’s largest wind farm. EDP Renewables North America, a U.S. subsidiary of Energias de Portugal, filed the application for its Number Nine wind farm on Thursday evening. A spokesman for the DEP confirmed that staff had received the application, but said it would not be made available until it’s complete. The application was . . .
Staff for Maine’s utilities regulators recommended that Central Maine Power Co.’s request to set up a land deal for its sister company that develops wind farms should be denied, stating such an arrangement opens the possibility of improperly favorable treatment for the affiliated power generator. The recommendation dealt specifically with a request for CMP to negotiate and purchase a right-of-way owned by Brookfield Hydro to accommodate construction of a new line that would serve a proposed 100-megawatt, 50-turbine wind farm . . .
First Wind (now Sun Edison) has applied for meteorological (wind testing) towers for Misery Ridge in Somerset County, just a few miles from the shore of Moosehead Lake. Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection has to approve the “met towers” What does this mean? They want to build a wind project there. They’ll have to measure and analyze the wind data for at least a year before they apply for a wind project permit, but you need to mobilize now. Moosehead: . . .
Several good reasons exist to oppose the proliferation of giant windmills on Maine’s ridges and mountains. Recently, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W) added yet another one in its recommendation that the Weaver Wind farm proposed by SunEdison in the towns of Eastbrook and Osborn be rejected. The department cited what it considers unacceptable risks to birds and bats migrating through the Hancock County region where one wind farm already is operating and another has been permitted . . .
With apologies to CTFWP members who are Sierra Club supporters based on the GOOD things the organization has done in protecting the environment, here comes the proof that Sierra Club was bought off by special interests to promote wind and solar development. The folks who stand to make a lot of money off this scam have poured their money & influence into Sierra Club, as documented in “Big Donors . . . Big Conflicts”. That has to filter down to . . .
Three New England utilities will be sharing the energy produced by a new wind farm, which is expected to bring 185 megawatts (MW) to various areas around the region. The utilities involved have entered into agreements with SunEdison, who said they has finally received full financing for the Bingham Wind project. “The Bingham wind farm is our largest wind project in Maine, and once completed should bring our total wind-generation capacity in the state to 552 megawatts,” said Paul Gaynor, . . .
Several good reasons exist to oppose the ongoing proliferation of giant windmills on Maine’s ridges and mountains. Recently, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W) added yet another one in its recommendation that the Weaver Wind farm proposed by SunEdison in the towns of Eastbrook and Osborn be rejected. The department cited what it considers unacceptable risks to birds and bats migrating through the Hancock County region where one wind farm already is operating and another has been . . .