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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.

Project to bring Canadian hydropower to New England gets federal approval

CONCORD, N.H. – The Department of Energy on Thursday awarded a key permit for a transmission project that would carry hydropower from Canada to more than a million homes in southern New England. The granting of what is called the Presidential permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. First conceived in 2010, the Northern Pass project calls for building a 192-mile electricity transmission line from Pittsburg to . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2017 • Blogs, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Maine Department of Environmental Protection issues draft Wind Energy Act rules

After more than a year of pre-rulemaking process including the issuance of two drafts, the Maine DEP has commenced formal rulemaking and today issued draft rules for wind energy developments in Maine. The formal draft largely tracks the most recent pre-rulemaking version issued in January 2017. The draft rules include standards for evaluating scenic impacts, limits on shadow flicker, provisions related to public safety, and requirements for demonstrating significant tangible benefits. In many respects, the draft rules codify existing DEP . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Dixfield votes to keep police department

Voters on Tuesday also approved enacting a wind energy facility ordinance and repealing one from June 12, 2012. The vote was 431-326. Complete story »

November 6, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

FERC approves ISO-NE queue clustering

FERC last week approved ISO-NE’s proposal to cluster interconnection requests to relieve a backlog in the queue for northern and western Maine. The revisions, effective Nov. 1, will allow the RTO to consider interconnection requests and allocated network upgrade costs in groups rather than individually. The commission’s Oct. 31 order said that the changes “increase efficiencies, better inform the decisions of project developers and allow project developers to share the costs of the upgrades necessary to accommodate their interconnection” (ER17-2421). . . . Complete story »

October 29, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Opposition to new industrial wind towers grows in Somerset County

Four area members of the Legislature have joined county commissioners in Somerset and Piscataquis counties in opposition to proposed industrial wind projects in the Moosehead Lake region as a threat to the area’s tourism-dependent economy. Sen. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville, Rep. Chad Grignon, R-Athens, Rep. Paul Sterns, R-Guilford, and Rep. Joel Stetkis, R-Canaan, all signed a letter dated Oct. 8 to Judith Judson, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, expressing “our unanimous opposition” to new wind development and high . . . Complete story »

October 29, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Wind mill tax program not worth the ‘headache’

CANTON – A tax-increment financing project that selectmen were told could capture $40,000 to $80,000 per year will not provide as much of a tax incentive as selectmen had hoped it would. Revenue from a $50 million wind turbine project being developed on Canton Mountain was to provide the investment money for the TIF, but tax consultant Mathew Eddy of Brunswick told the select board Thursday that the tax rate for the TIF could not go beyond 5 percent “because of . . . Complete story »

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

‘No’ on Dixfield wind ordinance

Carthage voters set aside $356,998 to prepare for large increases in school tax costs due to its wind project value. The project will lead to drastically reduced state payments for school costs. What does that say about Dixfield’s wind proposal? Canton’s project will lead to further reduction in state funding. If Dixfield passes its new-old ordinance, it will shift further large costs to town taxes. But there’s more. Dixfield voters previously rejected DEP sound limits for industrial wind. They are . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Options for turbine point to removal, but what next?

SACO – The defunct wind turbine in front of the Amtrak Station is expected to be removed before the end of the year. City officials are already discussing what might take its place. Wyman & Simpson, Inc., a Richmond-based construction company, submitted the only bid to the public works department for $30,000 to remove the turbine. Public Works Director Patrick Fox said the bid was much higher than expected and city officials will speak to Wyman & Simpson about lowering . . . Complete story »

October 19, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

St. George residents submit petition opposing wind farm off of Monhegan

ST. GEORGE – On Tuesday, October 17, at 11 a.m., residents of the town of St. George, which includes the villages of Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde, submitted a petition with more than 300 signatures at the town office and voice their opposition to plans by Maine Aqua Ventus to build a wind farm near Monhegan Island and bring the cable from the turbines onto shore in St. George. The nonprofit PORT (Preserve Our Remarkable Town) joins with the Maine Coast . . . Complete story »

October 19, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Midcoast village residents join to oppose offshore wind project

Residents of a coastal town are voicing opposition to plans for a wind farm in the area. Tuesday, a group including local fishermen got together to hand in a petition to try and stop it. Alyssa Thurlow tells us how this could affect local fisheries if it goes into affect. “St. George is a fishing community. We’re made up of numerous villages, two of which are historic 250 year old fishing villages and the fishermen are against this project,” says . . . Complete story »

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