Library from Maine

Could initial offshore wind projects crash New England's REC market?

The circular logic of REC market fundamentals would have low REC pricing jeopardizing future development. As renewable energy project profit margins get squeezed, fewer projects will be built and forward REC prices would rebound as forward supply tightens.The worry is that offshore wind projects could break this self-correcting market logic in the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL).
14 Oct 2014

Opponents appeal approval of wind farm in Bingham

Friends of Maine’s Mountains, an environmental advocacy group, filed one of two appeals this week with the state Board of Environmental Protection. The other was filed by an individual, Alice McCabe Barnett, who has filed petitions opposing the project in the past.
11 Oct 2014

The Wind Energy Machine

I witnessed first hand the underbelly of the wind energy machine and how they intimidate ordinance committee members and manipulate small towns strapped for money. Using innocuous terms like “windmills” and “wind farms” can’t disguise the reality that wind energy is a ruthless business ...I have faith that this returning blast of wind won’t hoodwink the Frankfort residents. I also hope that this small Maine town isn’t torn irreparably in half as a result.
2 Oct 2014

Proposal for taller wind turbines in Hancock County draws no comments

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection held the brief hearing so the public could have the chance to weigh in on a proposal by First Wind to amend its approved project to erect more than a dozen turbines in Townships 16 and 22. The company wants to amend its Maine DEP permit for the Hancock Wind project so it has the option to erect 574-foot-tall turbines instead of the 512-foot-tall turbines approved by the DEP.
27 Sep 2014

Maine Supreme Court hears appeal of Passadumkeag wind project approval

Controversy has trailed the project since Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho in November 2012 rejected the developers’ permit application based on her assessment that a wind farm would adversely affect the scenic character of the region, specifically near Saponac Pond. In 2013, the Board of Environmental Protection voted twice to overturn Aho’s decision.
5 Sep 2014

Carthage woman's appeal of Canton wind project allowed

In May, the DEP approved the nearly $50 million, eight-turbine wind project on Canton Mountain, issuing a permit to Canton Mountain Wind LLC, which is owned by Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass. On July 17, Alice McKay Barnett, a wind power opponent, submitted seven documents of supplemental evidence that mostly concern turbine noise adversely affecting health.
29 Aug 2014
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