The town of Mars Hill...is the test bed for all that is good and not so good about wind power in Maine. ... With the failure of two other wind power proposals - a thirty-turbine project in Redington Township outside Rangeley and a three-unit installation in the town of Freedom in central Maine - the Mars Hill experience raises the question of wind power's future in the state. An energy technology praised as the green alternative to fossil fuels and one of the solutions to global climate change has produced controversies that have split the environmental community in Maine and made enemies of natural allies.
July 28, 2007
by Jeff Clark
in Down East Magazine
Mainers say they want alternative energy, but just try building a wind farm here.
Bernard Stickney waves his hand at the nine other people sitting around the long table in the back room of Al's Diner in Mars Hill. "What we want people to understand is, every single one of us here is for clean energy," he says earnestly. "But you can't put these things in people's front yards."
"These things" are the twenty-eight wind turbines owned by UPC Wind, Inc., lined up along the top of Mars Hill Mountain. The town of Mars Hill, a potato and trucking industry center... [continue via Web link]