Articles from Maine

Wind farms in Maine stir a power struggle

But the situation has prompted some soul-searching as some residents worry more wind turbines will turn the woodsy state into New England's utility closet. Opponents also question wind power's environmental merits and say turbines aren't worth spoiled views or noise. Larry Dunphy, a Republican state representative, recently posited a future when "you won't be able to climb a mountain without seeing blinking red lights and spinning turbines."
24 Dec 2013

NE States split over power line cost sharing

Federal regulators are being asked to resolve a regional rift over who should pay for new power lines needed to carry renewable electricity to southern New England. Vermont has joined New Hampshire and Rhode Island to oppose the cost-sharing formula being promoted by Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine. ...the more populated states are trying to offload much of the cost of the new power projects on other states in New England.
18 Dec 2013

Maine environmental groups clash over wind power

Two environmental groups are going head to head over the impact on wildlife and the future benefits of wind energy development in Maine. Friends of Maine’s Mountains challenged Maine Audubon on Thursday to retract a recent report that says wind energy is sometimes compatible with wildlife, and to acknowledge funding it receives from the wind power industry.
13 Dec 2013

Wind farm opponents blast Maine Audubon report, saying environmental group too ‘chummy’ with developers

The opposition group suggested they’re suspicious that what could be considered a report beneficial to developers was written in part because First Wind, Patriot Renewables and attorneys and supporters of those firms can be found among Maine Audubon’s corporate partners. “They’ve basically given wind developers a free pass ...We speculate it’s because they’ve gotten chummy with the wind developers, and that’s possibly influencing their report and misleading the people of Maine.”
12 Dec 2013

Clifton couple battling wind farm say ‘we won’ after judge’s ruling, but developers vow to fight on

Horton’s 12-page decision states the town ordinance requires pre-construction contour maps, which were waived by the planning board, and the maps are needed to determine other sound factors within the plan. “Pisgah’s admitted failure to submit any such maps means that its application should not have been approved,” the judge wrote.
12 Dec 2013

FMM calls on Maine Audubon to disclose its financial ties to industrial wind; retract its new report that fails to protect Maine's wildlife

It is troubling that, although the report is replete with disclaimers and acknowledged weakness by the authors themselves regarding the types of information that went into the work and the limitations of any conclusions stemming from it, it has been confidently presented to the public as a tool that would reliably serve as guidelines for siting land-based wind energy development. I'm not aware that during any stage of the project's development that any effort was made by MAS to bring in biologists from academia, as well as state and federal wildlife agencies for input.
12 Dec 2013

Jonesport to vote on moratorium on new wind energy projects

Jonesport voters will gather at a special town meeting next week to decide on a proposal that would impose a temporary moratorium on new wind energy projects. Officials of the picturesque fishing village have approved two small projects to allow wind turbines to generate power, but the process generated some controversy and opposition.
30 Nov 2013

Maine wind, Canadian hydro, natural gas: Are the stars aligning for a bright energy future in New England?

It’s the latest way of thinking about New England’s energy future: Each state has something the others need. Maine has wind resources and the space for turbines. Southern New England has the demand for renewable energy. Maine now has a law that asks state officials to look into the best options for bringing more inexpensive natural gas to New England. Connecticut and Massachusetts are closest to the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania and New York where much of that gas is being extracted.
22 Nov 2013

Maine wind, Canadian hydro, natural gas: Are the stars aligning for a bright energy future in New England?

It’s the latest way of thinking about New England’s energy future: Each state has something the others need. Maine has wind resources and the space for turbines. Southern New England has the demand for renewable energy. Maine now has a law that asks state officials to look into the best options for bringing more inexpensive natural gas to New England. Connecticut and Massachusetts are closest to the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania and New York where much of that gas is being extracted.
22 Nov 2013

Bingham wind project review on hold

Bat mortality is a typical concern at wind energy farms and it is standard practice to evaluate bat habitats and mortality rates during project reviews. The Department of Environmental Protection, however, may be revising its recommendations on the turning speed of wind turbines, which can be a threat to birds and bats that fly into them.
18 Nov 2013

Maine wind makes CT solar affordable

The average 8-cent price for the two contracts was only possible because Connecticut is buying a large amount of cheaper power from Maine — probably 6-7 cents per kilowatt hour — that makes the cost of the Connecticut solar power — probably 12-15 cents per kilowatt hour — more affordable on average.
11 Nov 2013

UMaine releases offshore wind project proposal

The University of Maine and its partner companies have offered a glimpse into their offshore wind project proposal, releasing information about plans to supply some power directly to Monhegan Island, the companies working on the project and more specifics on its technology.
7 Nov 2013

Residents divided over potential wind project in Orland

Selectman Ed Rankin said he wasn’t sure how the town would vote. He said attendees at a town meeting back in June were evenly divided as to whether or not they supported the project. Travis Bullard, of Eolian Renewable Energy, said that if 51 percent of the voters indicated they were not supportive of the plan, they probably would not go forward with it.
2 Nov 2013

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