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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.

February 23, 2018 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Don’t give up the fight to protect Maine’s scenery

The rejection of Northern Pass by New Hampshire regulators puts CMP’s “Clean Energy Connect” back on the front burner. Even though CMP has stated publicly its 145-mile direct current transmission line from Coburn Gore to Lewiston has nothing to do with wind power it stretches credulity to not see a direct relationship between Nextera’s 133 wind turbine project and this high-voltage transmission line that transmits power from Hydro Quebec to southern New England. Even though our LUPC (Land Use Planning . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Wind industry sues LePage administration over order halting permits

AUGUSTA – Maine’s wind energy industry is challenging the constitutionality of a recent LePage administration executive order imposing a moratorium on new wind power permits across much of the state. In a filing in Kennebec County Superior Court, the Maine Renewable Energy Association accuses Gov. Paul LePage of “unconstitutional executive overreach in creating a moratorium of indefinite duration that is contrary to the will of the Legislature.” The association, a trade group representing wind energy companies and contractors, is asking the . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Wind industry group sues LePage over new turbine moratorium

AUGUSTA, Maine – A second group has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage in connection with a new moratorium on new permits for wind energy projects across much of Maine, calling his January executive order an “unconstitutional executive overreach.” The Republican governor’s order halted new wind permits in Maine except for part of Aroostook County until a new LePage commission issues a report about turbines’ impact on the environment, property values and tourism. Democrats and environmentalists decried the move. On . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2018 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Cote’s energy plan misses the mark

Adam Cote prides himself as an “energy entrepreneur attorney” working for the wind and solar industries (“Energy moves will crush thousands of jobs,” column, Jan. 29). But those industries are fighting to turn Maine into a place that supplies green energy to wealthy states south of here that do not want those towering turbines in their back yards. He says Maine should be the “Saudi Arabia of wind power.” Maine is lagging New England in job growth by 28,000 jobs. . . . Complete story »

February 17, 2018 • Maine, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

LePage vows to push through $950M project to send Quebec hydropower through Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine – Massachusetts chose a $950 million project headed by Maine utility Central Maine Power to be its backup option for a massive clean energy procurement that appeared headed to New Hampshire before regulators there nixed it last week. Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s energy czar said his boss would “push this right through” the rest of the permitting process handled by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, but it could set off confrontations with environmentalists who have been cool to, . . . Complete story »

February 17, 2018 • Maine, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

CMP’s $1 billion project to deliver renewable power to Massachusetts gets second chance

A nearly $1 billion transmission proposal by Central Maine Power to bring hydropower from Quebec to markets in Massachusetts is still in the running after a competing proposal ran into trouble with New Hampshire regulators. CMP’s project, called New England Clean Energy Connect, entails building a 145-mile transmission corridor through Maine to deliver power to Massachusetts, which is trying to increase its use of renewable power by 2020. CMP’s proposal had been a runner-up in the request for proposals from . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2018 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Protect the mountains forever

Congratulations to Gov. Paul LePage for introducing a bill to repeal the Expedited Windpower Act, enacted in 2008. It is about time the Legislature repealed that act, which is destroying Maine’s mountains. The 2008 act was prepared by a top-heavy group of power companies, developers and conservation organizations. There is no mention in their report of preventing damage to the fragile mountains and the surrounding ecosystems. Those same mountains are the sponges that collect and store water from rain and . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2018 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Wind mill company and selectmen hash out their differences

CANTON – A representative from the developer of the $50 million Canton Mountain Wind power project drew the ire of one selectman Thursday night when she said the Massachusetts company would donate half the amount requested to rebuild the snack shack at the baseball field. The town had requested $15,000, but Rebecca Howard, assistant director of government and community relations, said the company did not receive the town’s initial letter for the request. In an email sent later to Budget Committee . . . Complete story »

NECA panelists talk carbon pricing, Northern Pass

AUBURNDALE, Mass. – Speakers at the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Renewable Energy Conference on Feb. 1 discussed the merits and viability of different methods to achieve New England’s aggressive emission reduction goals. These topics included carbon pricing, the Northern Pass transmission project and offshore wind energy. Utility and energy service representatives were joined by state and federal officials. Carbon Tax, Anyone? Michelle Gardner, Northeast director of regulatory affairs for NextEra Energy Resources, promoted her company’s alternative market model, the Forward . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2018 • Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Disputed NH power project faces doubt on Beacon Hill

The Baker administration appeared to distance itself from the controversial Northern Pass transmission line on Friday, one day after the project was dealt a potentially fatal blow. Judith Judson, the state’s Department of Energy Resources commissioner, gave Eversource Energy and two other electric utilities one week to figure out if Northern Pass remains viable after a stinging rejection from a key New Hampshire committee or else consider moving on to another transmission project. That could mean that the state and . . . Complete story »

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