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Republicans criticize the independent former governor as a wind farm developer who benefited from a controversial federal loan guarantee. Angus King, however, says he's proud of the Record Hill project.
The Wind Ordinance Committee is nearly finished writing regulations for wind power projects in town, members said at Tuesday night's meeting. A public hearing on the proposed ordinance is set for Sept. 10. Based on public comments then, a final version will be developed and a public informational meeting held before a November vote.
King profited from a law he passed as governor, took taxpayer money he did not need from President Obama's discredited "Green Energy" loan program and personally benefited from Obama's failed stimulus spending bill. That's a political trifecta. In addition to being the "King of Spending," look for Republicans to crown the former governor as the "King of Wind" and the "King of Cronyism."
It is time that our regulators in Augusta wake up to the permanent damage being done for the benefit of a short-sighted economic injection. The people of Lexington and Concord townships are just the latest victims.
A Texas-based developer of a 14-turbine industrial wind-to-electricity site proposed for Passadumkeag Mountain will get more time to answer questions regarding its proposal, state officials said Friday.
The Penobscot County commissioners voted 2-0 to approve a community benefits agreement with Passadumkeag Windpark ...But reserved its right to reject the 30-year Tax Increment Financing deal that accompanies the agreement until the Maine Department of Environmental Protection decides whether to approve the project. The DEP's review is continuing.
Staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allege that Richard Silkman of Competitive Energy Services LLC, former head of the Maine State Planning Office, fraudulently manipulated the energy market and should pay $1.2 million in civil penalties, according to notices filed at the FERC website.
Following a PUC order in 2010, CMP began switching out its 615,000 analog meters with smart meters. The $200 million project, which received half of its funding from federal stimulus dollars, is now largely complete. Because the meters already are installed, it's not clear what the practical effect of the court's decision may be.
Cravin was among a dozen speakers who told state officials that the proposed 14-turbine industrial wind site proposed for Passadumkeag Mountain would blight one of Maine's most beautiful mountains and lakes. More than 150 people attended. Called Passadumkeag Wind Park and proposed by Quantum Utility Generation, based in Houston, Texas, the site's turbines would be 459 feet from base to extended blade tip.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission failed to resolve health and safety issues related to Central Maine Power Co.'s installation of smart meters the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has ruled. ...The court sided with smart-meter opponents, who argued that utility regulators ignored their legal mandate to ensure the delivery of safe and reasonable utility services.
All of the tower sections have arrived by ship from Denmark and will be delivered over a matter of weeks to the site of the $76 million Bull Hill project in central Hancock County, about 18 miles northeast of Ellsworth. The builder, First Wind, said 16 of the 19 turbine pads were built by last week.
But the announcement left out one important fact that could jeopardize the deal: Legal appeals had been filed just days before by the state's Office of the Public Advocate and a Maine utility company challenging a ruling by a state agency that cleared the way for the joint venture.
In April, the Maine Public Utilities Commission approved the venture, despite its staff recommendation to oppose it. The staff said the venture could lead to higher energy prices. Still, the PUC backed the project, citing potential economic benefits.
Aanestad acknowledged that driving down the cost of power is critical to Statoil. Better-than-expected performance at the 2.3-megawatt floating turbine in Norway has given Statoil reason to look at other sites, including Maine. Even so, power costs won't be competitive unless full-scale projects can be built and sited economically, Aanestad said.
Since his election in 2010, LePage has questioned the economics behind wind power as part of his administration's focus on lowering energy costs for Maine ratepayers. ..."We have people in Maine who say that wind is the answer," LePage told a crowd in April. "Wind is costing us dearly. It's costing us jobs, it's costing us investment and it's costing us big."
The testing of a floating deep water wind turbine that was scheduled to take place two miles off Monhegan Island this summer has been postponed until 2013, according to Habib Dagher, the director of the University of Maine AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
For the past four years, the wind turbines atop Beaver Ridge have been churning out power. Residents near the wind farm say the spinning blades are disturbingly loud, but in recent years debate about the development has been relatively quiet.
Wind power is a "hot potato in this town right now," the chairman of the Board of Selectmen said at Monday night's meeting. Tim Holland said because of confusion about the effective date of the industrial wind power development moratorium, which was passed last fall, the board missed the April deadline for extending it another six months.
The Land Use Regulation Commission voted 5-0 with little fanfare Friday to take a staff recommendation and reject the 27-turbine project during a brief meeting at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel on Godfrey Boulevard. Commissioner Robert Dunphy abstained.
The Maine House voted Friday to accept the majority committee report of one of the governor's energy bills, reversing what happened on Thursday in the Senate and throwing the measure's status into uncertainty.