I just found out Iberdrola, the Spanish company that owns Central Maine Power, has applied for permits to put meteorological test towers on a ridge above Spruce Pond in Lexington Township, and also on Fletcher Mountain in Concord Township. Of course, this is the recognized first step for a new industrial wind development.
While I dread the ecological, social and economic impact that such development would have on these ridges, I also wonder about legal issues. I was under the impression that CMP sold its hydropower dams some years back because of a ruling that mandated that it either be in the production end of the business or the delivery end. CMP chose the delivery end of the business.
If its parent company (a well-known and large wind power developer) now comes to Maine with plans for erecting industrial scale wind developments, that raises some serious questions.
Unfortunately, I believe our state government has sold out, lock, stock and barrel, to the wind industry. I have little hope of seeing any meaningful regulations put in place to check the coming destruction; at least not until we clean house in Augusta.
There are a lot of questions being raised about mountain top industrial wind these days. And the answers, when we can get them, are frightening.
David P. Corrigan
Registered Maine Master Guide
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