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.
Even on the calmest of days, the wind is blowing. It’s a fact those in the wind energy industry say people have a difficult time understanding. Thousands of wind turbines around the country, including here in Maine, work to catch that wind and turn it into electricity that powers our homes, businesses and even some of our cars. The brightest minds in the wind industry – among them, Sen. Angus King – are in town for a two-day American Wind Energy Association . . .
DIXFIELD – The Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 on July 11 to ask residents in November if they want to rescind the 2012 wind ordinance and adopt the state’s governance of wind turbines, Town Manager Carlo Puiia said Monday. Townspeople in June 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 LLC of . . .
Gov. Paul LePage appeared at a town hall Wednesday at Greenville Consolidated School. During the event LePage spoke about wind and solar power in the Moosehead Lake region. “Is there room for wind and solar? Yes, in certain spots of the state. But I want to tell you Moosehead is not one of them,” LePage said, according to a report on WCSH.com. SunEdison has aroused opposition to wind power in the Greenville area with a proposal for a 26-turbine wind . . .
With giant wind developer SunEdison now bankrupt and struggling to reorganize, several Maine wind energy projects continue to move forward under new management. It appears, according to filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, that before its voluntary bankruptcy declaration in April, SunEdison sold Maine wind farms in Bingham and Oakfield and the Bull Hill project in Township 16 to Terra Nova Renewable Partners, owned by SunE Utility and Novatus Energy. SunEdison also had withdrawn, at least temporarily, an . . .
Wind farms have been second-class citizens in New England’s power system. Because their output is dictated by how hard the wind is blowing, and because most wind farms are located in remote areas with small transmission lines, their ability to get on the system has been limited. If there was a risk that a wind farm might produce more power than local transmission lines could handle, the system operators at ISO New England had to manually call each wind farm . . .
PORTLAND, Maine – The Atlanta-based energy company Southern Co. has purchased the Passadumkeag Wind project in Great Falls Township for about $127 million. The energy company’s wholesale power subsidiary Southern Power said construction is nearly complete for the 13-turbine project that overcame an initial permit denial from the Department of Environmental Protection and withstood an appeal to the state’s top court in late 2014. “Construction activities began in 2015 and are expected to be completed shortly after this acquisition,” the company . . .
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 . . .