Wind Power News: Maine
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OSBORN — SunEdison has withdrawn its application to the state to build a 22-turbine wind farm in Osborn and Eastbrook, though it plans to submit another application for the project in the future. The proposal from the Missouri-based developer called for 14 turbines in Osborn and another eight in Eastbrook, a wind farm to be known as Weaver Wind. SunEdison’s application to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was accepted as complete at the end of January. A draft analysis . . .
Energy company SunEdison is testing wind conditions in the Misery Ridge area of Somerset County with plans to possibly build a 26-turbine commercial wind farm there. The company installed two meteorological towers in the area this week on land owned by Plum Creek, a forest management company, in the northeastern part of the county near Moosehead Lake. No application has been submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection for the project yet. “We usually need a couple years of data . . .
A Missouri-based wind power company has withdrawn its application to build a 23-turbine wind farm in Hancock County. SunEdison withdrew the application for its Weaver Wind project from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in order to address environmental issues raised by state regulators, according to John Lamontagne, a SunEdison spokesman based in its Boston office. A DEP staff analysis of the project raised concerns about the proposed wind farm’s potential impact on bats and migratory birds, citing a study . . .
DIXFIELD — The Board of Selectmen voted Monday evening to accept a citizens’ petition submitted to amend the sound limits in the Wind Energy Facility Ordinance to match Maine Department of Environmental Protection standards. The board also agreed to have Puiia contact the Maine Municipal Association to clarify whether the petition must be presented to voters before the annual town meeting in June 2016. Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., approached Dixfield officials three years ago about constructing wind turbines . . .
Staff for Maine’s utility regulatory commission have recommended against allowing Emera to build a new $15.4 million power line from Monticello to New Brunswick to expand capacity of the regional power grid. The proposed 138 kilovolt line is one of many options regulators were asked to consider to ensure the Northern Maine power grid does not fall below state standards for system reliability. Susan Faloon, a spokeswoman for Emera, said the utility plans to file its response, formally called its . . .
The term “renewable” is now magical when applied to energy policy. We understand intuitively that fossil fuels are fixed, not renewable. Even if they are abundant now, every bit of coal, oil, or natural gas we use means there is less available, and their use causes a host of environmental and national security problems. If an energy supply were renewable, it would be a desirable replacement for fossil fuels. This was the simple logic of the federal Energy Policy Act . . .
DIXFIELD – The Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday evening to table discussion on the Wind Energy Facility Ordinance draft until Sept. 3. The ordinance was defeated by voters June 9. “It’s my understanding that the selectmen wanted us to pay attention to the section on sound limits,” Chairman Rick Davis said. The defeated ordinance stated that no wind energy facility unit or system should generate sound levels exceeding 35 decibels from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., or 45 decibels from . . .
AUGUSTA, Maine – In his weekly radio address Gov. Paul LePage has returned to a theme he has sounded over the last five years: that Maine’s energy costs are too high and that the Maine Legislature is blocking his efforts to lower them. There’s little dispute over the fact that Maine’s electricity costs are among the highest in the nation, and that consumers bear the brunt. Gov. Paul LePage has proposed a number of changes in state policy that he . . .
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.