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By risking arrest to oppose wind power, he drew attention from media far and wide. ...Many people have asked me why I did this. Good question. I hope I give good answers. The first reason is that nobody seems to be paying attention to the negative aspects of wind power -- least of all the complacent and complicit media in Maine.
Boston-based First Wind announced today that it has obtained $98 million in construction financing for its Rollins wind farm, near Lincoln. The company said it has closed on an $81 million construction loan and a $17 million letter of credit. Key Bank National Association and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale are the lead arrangers for the financing.
The Land Use Regulation Commission approved an expansion to the Kibby Wind Power Project Wednesday evening, which will place a series of turbines along the Sisk Mountain ridge in northern Franklin County. The LURC committee voted 5 to 1 to order the LURC staff to draft a document approving the 11-turbine expansion.
Wind power has emerged as Maine's most divisive energy issue. Broad support from diverse interest groups, such as those who spoke at today's news conference, is tempered by a small but vocal coalition of residents which questions whether the noise impacts, the visual presence of turbines spinning on ridgelines and the current high price of wind are justified.
Opponents of the Rollins Wind turbine project in Lincoln and adjacent towns have filed another lawsuit, this time alleging that the project's owners are in violation of their state permit. The citizens group "Friends of Lincoln Lakes" is claiming that First Wind has failed to show adequate financial capacity.
Friends of Lincoln Lakes has filed another lawsuit against the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. They ask that work be suspended because First Wind, the company building the turbines, is in violation of its permit.
State land regulators will take up TransCanada's amended application to expand its Kibby wind energy development in northern Franklin County on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Bangor.
The Island group's consensus was that their visit was too short to make any definitive judgments about Vinalhaven's wind turbine noise, which varies from day to day. The tour did, however, leave them with a new awareness of how subjective the noise debate is and how it might influence zoning bylaws for wind energy development on Martha's Vineyard.
Standing in the parking lot outside the blackened windows of the Quimby Middle School gym on Wednesday night, six residents said the potential project would hurt their small community. "If we start putting windmills on all our hills, it will ruin the quality of what we have. This valley is all we have left," said Evelyn Beane, of Bingham.
Greaney said more work was needed to define tax breaks and financing. Elliott said an extension would provide more time to study the issue, and Bennett wanted work on an ordinance done at a more understandable level.
The three dozen protesters who stood out in the biting rain and who were arrested will in time be vindicated in the eyes of the editors and others in the aftermath and awakening of the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the public and the environment. This is, was and will always be about the money.
Opponents will try to convince the new Republican-controlled Legislature to revisit the law, which streamlines the review process in specific locations. They also plan to petition the DEP to amend existing noise regulations, which critics say allow turbines too close to homes.
According to the DEP, the Mars Hill project was problematic because developers there were granted a variance from the noise limit. No variance was granted for the Spruce Mountain project. Spruce Mountain's attorney, Rufus Brown, attacks both Patriot Renewables' methodology and the DEP for allowing turbine noise up to 45 decibels to reach nearby homes at night.
Selectmen unanimously agreed not to amend a proposed wind power ordinance and said developers will have to follow state Department of Environmental Protection regulations.
Most of those arrested were affiliated with the Maine branch of the national activist group, Earth First! Wearing orange ponchos against the driving rain and biting wind, they stood across a gravel access road and forced trucks to stop for nearly a half hour.
The protest will occur near the Rollins Ridge site, where workers paid by project proponent First Wind of Massachusetts are building roads and pouring concrete bases for the 40 turbines, each capable of generating 1½ megawatts, slated for ridgelines in Burlington, Lincoln, Lee and Winn.
In July, deputies were part of the additional security at a protest of the Kibby Mountain wind-power project, according to Sheriff Dennis C. Pike. The security was requested for a week-long demonstration by environmental activists behind the Earth First! movement, he said.
Hutchins wants to hold a public informational session on the proposal sometime after Christmas with representatives from Patriot explaining their plan. ...But before that happens, the board wants to review the town's commercial use and building permit ordinances. The town does not have a wind ordinance and no zoning.
“This is not done,” resident Peter Beckford said Wednesday. “That vote didn’t approve the project,” he said, noting that the developers of the proposed wind farm still must obtain permits from the town and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, as well as project financing.
After months of preparation, First Wind abruptly canceled its plans to go public after its stock failed to launch within the price range the company was seeking. ...But William Downes, a Cape Elizabeth financial analyst, said he's skeptical First Wind will be able to attract the needed capital. ...Unless Shaw and Dearborn put in more money, or First Wind finds a buyer, Downes said, the company could go under.