Library from Maine
High atop some of the tallest mountains in Maine, a wind farm proposal has set the stage for a clash of environmental values that could define the future of wind power in Maine.
New England recorded its highest power usage in history Tuesday, according to Ken McDonnell, a spokesman for ISO New England, manager of the region's power grid. The peak, reached Tuesday afternoon, was 27,374 megawatts of power, eclipsing the previous record set on July 27, 2005, when usage reached 26,885 megawatts.
From the south, the mountains begin with the magnificent Bigelow Range and extend into Quebec. Few people are aware of this area, but it is now the target of corporate juggernauts sensing the profit to be made from production tax credits, accelerated deprecation and other taxpayer financial schemes.
The Freedom Planning Board wrapped up months of work and is ready to present selectmen with the final draft of a 48-page series of ordinances to regulate commercial enterprises in town.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY -- Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission has scheduled a three-day public hearing in August on a petition to rezone land in northern Franklin County for a commercial wind power facility.
It is not enough to simply talk in symbolism. You must state facts. May I suggest you start with these crucial questions. ....
BUCKSPORT - Councilors this week will consider whether to investigate the potential for wind power on town-owned property near the industrial park off Route 46 that could reduce energy costs for businesses in the park and, potentially, for the town's schools.
Unlike the wind, tides are predictable. Also, water's greater density means fewer turbines are needed to produce the same amount of electricity as wind turbines. And since they're under water, tidal projects don't come with aesthetic issues like those associated with wind farms.
That kind of sacrifice is surely admirable and we here in Massachusetts would gladly pass the Cape Wind project along to you.
....we believe there are places where this type of development is inappropriate, and the proposed location of the Redington Mountain project is one such place. We are concerned about the detrimental effects the project would have on one of the region's wildest mountain environments.
Upon extensive research on the wind farm industry on the Internet, talking with the Cape Cod and Vermont citizens dealing with wind farms, I have reached this conclusion. They are masters of giving the public a half-truth then guiding us to an assumption that is not true, but one they want us to believe.
Wind turbines generate much more cash than they do electricity.
Missing from that harsh logic, however, is any evidence that industrial wind power can indeed "stem global warming's progress." With 20 percent of its electricity supposedly coming from wind, Denmark's greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. That country has not reduced its use of other fuels despite a landscape saturated with wind turbines.
It is nice to be able to use a newspaper to push one's own viewpoints on the environment, social issues or whatever the editors of the newspaper feel is their liberal duty. But you should at least have a clue to what you're talking about.
FALMOUTH -- On Wednesday, June 7, Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission accepted four Maine conservation organizations' interventions in opposition to the Redington wind power project that is proposed for Western Maine.... Maine Audubon, the state's largest wildlife conservation organization, joins the Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Maine Appalachian Trail Club in opposing this project.
FREEDOM (June 9): Freedom residents said yes to windmills, 56-25 (with 12 abstentions) in at a special town meeting Wednesday, June 7.
PORTLAND, Maine --Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission on Wednesday granted intervenor status to 13 organizations opposed to a planned 90-megawatt wind farm in western Maine. Four of the groups issued a statement saying they recognize a need for wind power in the Northeast, but that the proposed location four miles west of the Sugarloaf USA ski resort is inappropriate for wind turbines. Those organizations are Maine Audubon, Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Maine Appalachian Trail Club.
FREEDOM -- Residents will get a chance to vote on whether to support the idea of erecting three wind turbines on Beaver Ridge in a special town meeting Wednesday evening.
AUGUSTA (May 25): The Maine Legislature, enacted a bill Wednesday, May 24, designed to promote the development of wind energy in Maine.
Maine's largest energy provider is forecasting record-breaking electricity use this summer, as well as a need for additional supply lines to feed an ever-increasing demand. But a solution planned by ISO New England -- which manages electricity distribution in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont -- is being met with skepticism by Maine officials, who question the proposal's need and fairness.