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Biologists, environmentalists, civic leaders and others will converge on Rangeley this weekend for a conference on Maine’s mountains. But this isn’t just a feel-good nature weekend. The only other Maine Mountain Conference - held in 1972 - was instrumental in guiding state agencies to protect Maine’s wilderness areas, organizer Richard Fecteau of Farmington said Wednesday. “Part of the reason for the timing (of this conference) is that (Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission) is revising their comprehensive plan,” Fecteau said. “We would like to show them there’s still a lot of interest in the mountains of Maine.”
The Town of Camden, through its recently formed Energy Committee, is investigating the idea of installing a wind-powered electricity generating turbine on public property on Ragged Mountain, above the Snow Bowl. The Energy Committee was formed early in the year to explore energy conservation and alternative sources of power.
RANGELEY -- From wind power to housing developments, bio-diversity to acid rain, conservation to jobs -- the pressures on Maine's mountains are increasing and policy makers, the business community and the public need to be remember the environmental needs of the mountains themselves, say organizers of a major upcoming conference. The Maine Mountain Conference on Saturday, Oct. 21, is being held at Saddleback Mountain resort's new base lodge with its dramatic vistas of the western mountains. Organizers expect more than 200 people to attend to hear speakers, scientists, historians, planners, residents and outdoor advocates talk about the significance and the future of the mountains.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY -- A proposal to construct over 10,000 feet of power line to reach a proposed wind power project in Redington Township could be decided next month. Bill Gilmore, code enforcement officer of Carrabassett Valley, said about 20 people attended a Wednesday night hearing about a plan to build the transmission lines and improve existing logging roads as part of the project. Following a roughly 15-minute presentation from representatives of Maine Mountain Power, the company proposing the project, Gilmore said there were few questions. "I heard no negative comments," said Gilmore, who said the portion of the project that would be in Carrabassett Valley will have little impact.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY - The Planning Board will hold a public hearing today on Maine Mountain Power LLC's proposal to construct power lines and roads to service its proposed wind farm. Maine Mountain Power, a partnership between Endless Energy Corp. in Yarmouth and Edison Mission Energy of California, want to develop a $150 million wind energy power system by installing 30 wind turbines - 12 on Redington Pond Range Mountain and 18 on Black Nubble Mountain in Redington Township.
Reeling a bit from the news their new school won’t be ready until the fall of 2009, SAD 3 board members also received some good news Monday night. Supt. Barbara Mosseau said Steve Cole of Coastal Enterprises Inc. has informed her the district is receiving a $60,000 grant from the Cox Trust. The money will be used to assist the district in determining whether wind power will be feasible in the energy mix at the new school. The district is already eyeing a wood chip boiler and board members think a windmill would be a good addition as well.
A proposed three-turbine wind power project at Beaver Ridge in Freedom is ready to move onto substantive review by town planning board members following board confirmation earlier this month that the application submitted at that time by Portland-based Competitive Energy Services (CES) is complete and in order. That vote followed a special town meeting the previous week that rejected a proposed moratorium and allowed consideration of the project under the town’s new commercial development review ordinance to move forward.
FREEDOM - Local review of a $12 million wind power proposal for Beaver Ridge is set to begin next month, coming after a planning board decision Thursday night that Competitive Energy Services' application is complete. The wind project was proposed in March, but CES voluntarily held off applying for permits until the town could develop an ordinance by which to evaluate it. The ordinance was adopted earlier this summer, and an attempt to pass a six-month moratorium on wind power permits was defeated at a special town meeting last week.
SWAN'S ISLAND, ME - Swan's Island Electric Cooperative members voted at their annual meeting to consider developing wind power on Swan's Island and Frenchboro, according to Working Waterfront.
SEARSPORT - High-tech wind power met old-fashioned road pavement Thursday as a truck hauling an 80-foot-long, 197,000-pound tube for a major power generation project in Mars Hill got stuck. The driver's inability to make a turn from a road at Mack Point onto U.S. Route 1 resulted in the tube rolling off its trailer, damaging the road surface. Traffic was blocked for at least three miles.
Backers of a $10 million wind energy project for Beaver Ridge in Freedom scored a victory Thursday when townspeople rejected a moratorium effort proposed by two of the town’s three selectmen. The vote was 79-44. As a result, a representative of Portland-based Competitive Energy Services (CES) is expected to appear before the Freedom Planning Board Thursday of this week seeking a permit under the town’s recently enacted commercial development review ordinance. According to CES executive Andrew Price, the company has been unable to place its order with the manufacturer for the three proposed tower-mounted turbine units until it secures town permitting. There is about a year’s lead-time until the units would be delivered, he said.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY – The Planning Board heard two proposals at its August 31 meeting, one for a proposed subdivision on Sugarloaf and the second from Maine Mountain Power LLC (MMP) for a part of its proposed wind power project. MMP has proposed a 30-wind turbine project for nearby Black Nubble and Redington Mountain, with access roads and transmission lines located in Carrabassett Valley. The Maine Land Use Regulatory Commission (LURC) held hearings on the project last month at the Base Lodge on Sugarloaf.
The purpose for the meetings was to formally announce that TransCanada has concluded most of its studies in the Kibby Mountain Range and are now stating that it is suitable for the development of a wind power project. TransCanada plans on filing its rezoning application to the Land Use Regulation Commission this fall.
Freedom voters once again supported the construction of wind turbines on Beaver Ridge. In a 79-44 vote Thursday, residents turned down a moratorium that would have prevented town officials from approving the project.
A proposed wind farm on Beaver Ridge continues to fuel vigorous debate. Freedom residents are preparing to vote Thursday, Aug. 31, on a moratorium that would prohibit local officials from granting permits for the project for 180 days, with extensions possible if “the problem giving rise to the need for this moratorium still exists and reasonable progress is being made to alleviate [it].”
KITTERY, Maine -- The Town Council has agreed to fund a wind study at the local dump to see if the location is right for a proposed power-generating windmill. At the meeting Monday night, the council unanimously approved the use of $2,000 to buy testing equipment and begin a wind speed study, which could take up to a year.
``The problem we're having with all these wind farms is . . . they're proposing to put them in all the worst places," said Thomas W. French , assistant director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. ``If they could do what the Russell Biomass plant did, which is to find a preexisting, historical industrial district, we'd be applauding them." As part of the ongoing state permitting process for the plant, French's division worked with its developers to reroute proposed power lines to reduce their impact on wildlife.
A controversial wind-power project proposed for the top of two of Maine's tallest mountains will go before the public at hearings Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Sugarloaf. ........The Land Use Regulation Commission, which overseas land use issues in the unorganized territory, is charged with deciding whether to rezone about 1,000 acres on the two mountains so that land can be used for the wind farm.
SACO — A windmill should be catching the breeze blowing along the Saco River this fall, converting it into electricity and, it is hoped, a small savings for taxpayers. The Saco City Council voted this week to spend up to $8,000 on a residential-sized windmill to be installed at the city's wastewater treatment plant on Front Street.
YARMOUTH — Developers of a proposed windmill project on two western Maine mountains said Wednesday that scaling back the project, as suggested by an environmental group, would doom their Redington Wind Farm plan. Maine Mountain Power is seeking state approval to build 30 wind turbines, 12 on Redington Pond Range and 18 on Black Nubble Mountain near the Sugarloaf USA ski resort. Hearings get under way next Tuesday in Carrabassett Valley.