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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.

January 30, 2015 • Editorials, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Wind power and CO2

Wind power advocates supporting the proliferation of giant turbines on the hills and mountains of Maine often describe them as an essential response to global warming, claiming that they will contribute in a major way to the reduction of CO2 emissions. They downplay or simply ignore the fact that electricity generation in Maine – the only CO2 source that could be affected by wind power – accounted for just 10.81 percent of Maine’s CO2 emissions in 2012, according to the . . .

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January 30, 2015 • Maine, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

SunEdison finalizes $2.4 billion purchase of First Wind

PORTLAND, Maine — SunEdison closed its $2.4 billion purchase Thursday of First Wind, placing the latter’s five Maine wind-to-energy facilities under the umbrella of the world’s largest renewable energy company, officials said. The SunEdison deal was finalized at about 5 p.m., several hours after First Wind bought back its ownership interest in Northeast Wind Partners II LLC from Nova Scotia-based Emera for $223.2 million, SunEdison spokesman John Lamontagne said. The purchases were first announced in November. “With the acquisition of . . .

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January 29, 2015 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Maine: The wind energy plantation, Part I

The advertising flyer supplementing many electric bills in Maine presents the smiling visage of a hardy-looking, flannel-clad “lineman” extolling the virtues of the electric utility upgrading the grid to improve reliability for Maine consumers. Approximately $1.56 billion has been spent on electric grid upgrades and improvements. If this were all spent to benefit Maine electric customers (even in a long-term view), that would be a credible plus for the power companies. We’d be happy not to have major power failures . . .

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January 29, 2015 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind tax credits little more than corporate welfare

In their Dec. 11 BDN OpEd, “ Maine needs a wind energy tax credit extension for a clean, healthy future,” authors Laura Dorle and Katie Chapman argue for more industrial wind production in Maine to reverse global warming. It’s apparent that their interest in still more mountaintop wind turbines in Maine simply reflects how industrial wind advocates follow a taxpayer-assisted money trail that sustains the development of a costly, unreliable and unsightly energy source. Unlike the writers of that article, . . .

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January 29, 2015 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Dixfield selectmen extend wind project moratorium

DIXFIELD — The Board of Selectmen voted Monday evening to extend the moratorium on wind energy projects for another six months, Town Manager Carlo Puiia said Wednesday. The extension gives the town time to finish revising the Wind Energy Facility Ordinance. The ordinance was approved in 2012 and the revisions began in January 2013. A six-month moratorium was approved by voters on Aug. 21, 2014. Voters rejected a revised draft of the ordinance by a 553-567 vote on Nov. 4, . . .

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January 27, 2015 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Wood biofuel better than wind

While I do not agree with Reuben Hudson’s Jan. 24 BDN analysis of the carbon neutrality of wood-burning heating plants, wood biofuel has a much smaller overall carbon footprint than wind power. My quibble with simplistic carbon-neutrality arguments is that no energy source could ever be totally “carbon neutral” (CO2 in = CO2 out.) It’s really a question of how much extra CO2 is expelled to get renewable energy to market. Harvesting and transporting wood expels extra CO2 from skidders . . .

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January 25, 2015 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind battle centers on right to have input into local projects

After being called out in a Jan. 14 letter by wind industry representative Paul Williamson (“Center for Public Interest Reporting’s story was misleading on wind politics”), I want to clear the muddied waters. I spent the last two years working, unpaid, on legislation, not against wind power, but for the return of a right lost in the 2008 Legislature. With the Maine Wind Energy Act’s passage, Mainers in parts of the Unorganized Territory lost their right to participate in planning . . .

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New England power operator gives briefing on state of grid

New England’s power system is increasingly shifting from aging oil- and coal-fired plants and to natural gas that relies on pipelines experiencing bottlenecks that drive up prices, the region’s electric grid operator said Wednesday. ISO-New England officials said wind and solar resources are a small but growing part of the region’s energy mix, though they are not always available when needed by the region’s 14 million residents — peak demand for power in winter typically occurs after the sun has . . .

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January 21, 2015 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Orland voters narrowly reject wind moratorium

ORLAND — In a special election Tuesday, voters narrowly struck down a proposed 180-day moratorium on wind power projects. Residents voted 282 to 277 against the moratorium, which would have temporarily prevented the town from accepting any proposals from a wind developer. A citizens group calling itself the Friends of Dodge Hill has been calling for the halt, arguing that it would allow the town time to tighten its wind power regulations ahead of a proposal by New Hampshire wind . . .

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January 20, 2015 • Blogs, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Some Inconvenient Truths…

On Saturday I attended the open house hosted by Iberdrola Renewables at their new field office in Bingham. I didn’t want to spend my day ‘off’ this way…didn’t want to drive 50+ miles in the frigid temperatures to enter the Lion’s Den. But how could I NOT go, when this proposed development is slated to be built directly behind my family’s home – and will surround the homes of my friends and neighbors? How could I not go when we, . . .

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