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Crisis means no luxuries in energy

The Sun Journal editorial about T. Boone Pickens' wind power development (July 13) was right about the potential of wind power in the Great Plains states, but wrong about the feasibility of transmitting that power across the country to New England. ...While there is some wind potential in Aroostook and Washington Counties, there is less than most people seem to think. Many of the blueberry barren and potato farm field sites that were originally planned for development have proved to lack sufficiently strong winds to make turbines a good investment.

The Sun Journal editorial about T. Boone Pickens' wind power development (July 13) was right about the potential of wind power in the Great Plains states, but wrong about the feasibility of transmitting that power across the country to New England. The losses involved in transmitting power more than a thousand miles are too high to justify shipping that power to the East. Wind is an important clean energy source, and we need to make use of it, right here in Maine.

While there is some wind potential in Aroostook and Washington Counties, there is less than most people seem to think. Many of the blueberry barren and potato farm field sites that were originally planned for development have proved to lack sufficiently strong winds to make turbines a good investment.

The Governor's Task Force on Wind Power recently mapped out areas throughout all of Maine, including the western mountains, where wind farms could and should be developed. It included areas of lower elevation where wind can be developed effectively, including several sites in western Maine where our company is exploring the potential. It excluded the highest value mountain areas where the Appalachian... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Sun Journal editorial about T. Boone Pickens' wind power development (July 13) was right about the potential of wind power in the Great Plains states, but wrong about the feasibility of transmitting that power across the country to New England. The losses involved in transmitting power more than a thousand miles are too high to justify shipping that power to the East. Wind is an important clean energy source, and we need to make use of it, right here in Maine.

While there is some wind potential in Aroostook and Washington Counties, there is less than most people seem to think. Many of the blueberry barren and potato farm field sites that were originally planned for development have proved to lack sufficiently strong winds to make turbines a good investment.

The Governor's Task Force on Wind Power recently mapped out areas throughout all of Maine, including the western mountains, where wind farms could and should be developed. It included areas of lower elevation where wind can be developed effectively, including several sites in western Maine where our company is exploring the potential. It excluded the highest value mountain areas where the Appalachian Trail and other important scenic and recreational resources should be protected.

For many years, Maine has established in the law a protection zone on all its mountain areas more than 2,700 feet in elevation within Land Use Regulation Commission jurisdiction, so wind towers above 2,700 feet are strongly discouraged. The Redington/Black Nubble project that was denied a construction permit was above 3,000 feet, but our company's projects in Western Maine are entirely below 2,700 feet and where recreation use is very slight.

The editorial lumped the entire western mountain area into a no-development zone, without differentiating between where wind turbines do and do not belong. We cannot afford the luxury of saying that all renewable energy development should be out of sight in the Dakotas or Aroostook County. Environmentalists worked with energy experts and others on the governor's task force to find acceptable places for wind throughout Maine, including some of the western mountains' lower ridges and lesser peaks.

The energy crisis that this state faces is far too serious to allow us to rule out wind in western Maine.


Source: http://www.sunjournal.com/s...

JUL 20 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/16112-crisis-means-no-luxuries-in-energy
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