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Thursday's move to condemn the property brings to a head the disagreement between Tonbridge and landowners along the southern end of the 214-mile project from Cut Bank to Great Falls.
Town officials will now have to wait to hear from Boston-based wind developer First Wind if Tuesday's defeat kills their interest in still pursuing a $65 million wind farm on Rumford hills. The current moratorium on wind projects expires on July 25.
Authors of the first proposal and Selectmen Greg Buccina and Jeremy Volkernick claim the new ordinance caters to wind developers and won't protect the town. They are asking voters not to accept it, saying it needs to be reworked.
Planning board members reviewed a 27-page document for Pisgah Mountain wind farm at length Wednesday night and voted individually on 54 motions, the last one giving the project provisional approval.
The administration of Maine Gov. Paul LePage is questioning state support for a $20 billion offshore wind project planned for the Gulf of Maine ...LePage's energy advisers are reportedly skeptical that offshore wind development would reduce the state's dependence on foreign oil.
LaBrecque contends that plans for offshore wind would be contradictory to energy efficiency goals. He said that by adding more heat pumps, thermal storage units and charging vehicles to the electric grid would only increase energy demands and thus increase the fossil fuels needed to account for demand, especially when renewable energy cannot make a "hairline scratch in energy consumption rates."
I was surprised when I read Rob Gardiner's quote stating that he believes that a secret ballot vote would have been "healthier" than a petition for Highland residents.
First Wind LLC of Boston is going through the LURC permitting process right now to build an industrial wind turbine project that would consist of 27 forty-three story tall turbines overshadowing pristine lakes ...that total over 17,000 surface acres.
The current six-month moratorium expired Friday. Selectmen have enacted and repeatedly extended moratoriums for two years to enable creation of a wind energy facility ordinance.
The finally step was taken tonight in the ordinance development processes before taking the Wind Energy Facilities Ordinance to the voters June 14. This attempt is expected to pass as it provides protections for the health, safety, and welfare of the Town of Rumford and its residents.
A legislative panel voted unanimously Wednesday to effectively set aside his proposal to cap the amount of renewable energy that power companies must buy or generate at current levels.
This complaint was filed with the Maine Public Utility on behalf of ratepayers and members of the Fox Islands Electric Cooperative ("FIEC") aggrieved by unreasonable practices engaged in and unreasonable rates charged by FIEC.
The vote on the moratorium came as a result of residents petitioning selectmen on the matter. According to figures provided by the Frankfort town office, the measure approved Monday night passed by a margin of 89 to 37.
While thousands of wind power enthusiasts and industry representatives gather in Anaheim Calif. for Windpower 2011, the American Wind Power Association's popular annual conference and exhibition, some 3,300 miles due east, wind power is tearing a tiny island community asunder.
The bill would scale back a law requiring Maine electric utility companies, such as Central Maine Power Co., to get at least 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2017.
The Maine Public Utility Commission's analysis showed that the first two years of the increased renewable energy mandate added $7 million to Maine ratepayer's electric bills. Rather than continue the automatic increases to the renewable energy source mandate, we think there is a better approach by allowing consumer choice while still supporting renewable energy development.
The Pisgah project is the first wind farm proposed in Clifton since a moratorium was lifted last year and wind farm rules were included in an updated land use ordinance, according to articles previously published in the Bangor Daily News.
Concerned about getting the information they need to determine how a proposed commercial wind farm might affect the surrounding environment, members of the state Land Use Regulation Commission have asked other state officials to weigh in on a 19- turbine wind farm.
Tuesday night's public hearing followed a full day of technical testimony during which First Wind subsidiary Blue Sky East and Concerned Citizens of Rural Hancock County, a group that is opposed to the project, each presented information to the commission. Blue Sky East is proposing to erect 19 turbines, each 476 feet tall.
The very character and quality of place we enjoy here in Maine is too valuable to risk on unsubstantiated and unproven claims by the pro-wind cabal. Mainers would be within their rights to request a clinical analysis of the UMPI experiment.