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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.

May 12, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Bill to move UMaine offshore wind project dies in committee

AUGUSTA, Maine – A legislative committee on Tuesday unanimously voted against a bill aimed at forcing the University of Maine to move a pair of demonstration floating wind turbines farther from the coast of Monhegan Island, keeping the project alive. The bill, introduced by Sen. Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro, would bar wind turbines within 10 miles of Monhegan Island. Members of the Energy, Utilities and Technology committee said that forcing a relocation in the midst of an ongoing permitting process would set . . .

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May 10, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers vote against moving UMaine wind project farther from Monhegan

AUGUSTA – A bid to move a nationally significant wind energy test site farther from Monhegan Island suffered a major setback on Wednesday when a key legislative committee unanimously voted against a bill to do that. With little discussion, the Energy, Utilities and Technology committee agreed that while some islanders and their supporters had valid concerns about the project, overturning the ongoing review process would set a bad precedent. At issue is the Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind project, a plan . . .

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May 6, 2017 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Editorial dismissive of concerns about Monhegan wind project

Your recent editorial “Our View: State should not block ocean wind project” (April 30) was condescending to and dismissive of supporters of a bill that would move massive wind turbines from the shores of Monhegan Island to a more suitable location. Those on Monhegan who favor this legislation – half of the island’s registered voters – and others, like the more than 125 Friends of Muscongus Bay, are concerned about much more than just scenic views. We are concerned about . . .

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May 4, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Monhegan residents weigh in on wind bill

Monhegan residents, fishermen and environmental groups packed a committee room in Augusta Tuesday to testify on a bill that would cancel the University of Maine’s proposed 12-megawatt floating offshore wind project sited about 3 miles from Monhegan. LD 1262, sponsored by Sen. Dana Dow (R-Lincoln Cty.), would prohibit the placement of wind turbines within 10 nautical miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. Since 2009, Maine Aqua Ventus (MAV) – a consortium of private and public entities led by the University . . .

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May 3, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Bill to move Monhegan wind power project draws crowd to legislative hearing

AUGUSTA – Lawmakers heard passionate, conflicting testimony Tuesday from dozens of people on a bill aimed at moving a nationally significant wind energy test site farther from Monhegan Island. Supporters said views of two massive floating turbines would jeopardize tourism, lobster fishing, migrating birds and the sense of serenity associated with Monhegan’s wild beauty. Some said island residents were being bullied and divided by the University of Maine and the partners of Maine Aqua Ventus, a project that is testing new . . .

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April 29, 2017 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

We’re funding the wind industry

Here’s why western Maine is under pressure to site industrial wind developments on our mountains: Over the past decade all the New England states have enacted legislation requiring varying amounts of energy be supplied by renewable energy sources. That sounds all well and good. Renewable sources include such things as solar power, wind development, geothermal and others. Some of these sources are more invasive than others. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are densely populated and require large amounts of power . . .

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April 27, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind test project “dead in the water” if bill passes

Monhegan residents are preparing for a heated showdown in Augusta next week over a contentious bill that would effectively cancel a proposed offshore wind test project to be sited approximately 2.5 miles to the south of the island. The bill LD 1262, sponsored by Sen. Dana Dow (R-Lincoln Cty.), would prohibit the placement of wind turbines within 10 nautical miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. But while supporters say the bill would protect Monhegan’s scenic views, opponents say it . . .

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April 26, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Maine fishermen could feel impact of proposed undersea cable

HARPSWELL – A Canadian company is proposing a 350-mile, sub-sea power transmission cable that could interfere with commercial fishing along the coast of Maine. If the project is approved, the Atlantic Link cable would be buried about 25 miles offshore of Harpswell, running between New Brunswick, Canada, and Plymouth, Massachusetts. It would affect about 400 lobstermen from Cape Elizabeth to Phippsburg, according to spokesman Gerald Weseen of the Nova Scotia-based energy services company Emera. Weseen and other project representatives, and staff . . .

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April 21, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Despite fears over Clifton wind farm, no one has complained since it went up

CLIFTON, Maine – It’s been five months since a wind farm opened on Pisgah Mountain following seven years of planning, several lawsuits, at least seven townwide votes and fear over noise and bird fatalities. But since the turbines went online on Dec. 17., no one has complained. “There has not been one complaint. Not one loud noise complaint, and not one bird kill,” said developer Paul Fuller. Debbie Hodgins, administrative assistant at the Town Office confirmed that no one has filed . . .

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April 19, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Greenwood wind moratorium vote is Wednesday

GREENWOOD – Voters will decide at a special town meeting Wednesday, April 19, whether to buy a new plow truck, pay for a townwide property revaluation and enact a wind development moratorium ordinance. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall next to the Town Office on Gore Road. The warrant articles ask voters to appropriate up to $165,000 from the Highway Equipment Reserve Account to purchase a 2018 plow truck, and up to $75,000 from the . . .

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