Those who want turbines, please stand up; If not Byron, then where?
By giving organized Maine expedited status for wind developments, the state's task force has invited developers to consider these areas for projects. It's an incentive, plain and simple, to know where planning reviews will have priority, and where they will not.
Reaction in Byron indicates towns and cities won't take to this designation, even if they think alternative energies are necessary. The belief somewhere else, or some other energy technology, is more appropriate is just too strong.
It was in Byron, and if a reputed repeal effort in Roxbury gains strength, there, too. And these are emblematic of the towns wind companies should target - rural, mountainous and with low populations, and therefore low impact.
But it's a choice to accept wind power, as communities and commissions have myriad reasons to reject proposals.
March 16, 2008
in Sun Journal
This is the new question for Maine regarding wind power, following the town's rejection of turbine construction. A Brunswick company, Independence Wind, had proposed to build eight, with 20 more in neighboring Roxbury.
Roxbury approved the turbines earlier this month, but hard feelings abound in Byron.
Residents feel wronged by town officials who didn't share critical information about the project. Developers feel their proposal was derailed by misinformation and fear, after what they thought was acceptance by the townsfolk.
There was more than wind at work in Byron, however. Sometimes, politics in small, sleepy towns can be more vicious than... [continue via Web link]