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We also need to have details about where the fossil fuel savings come from for each project. In order to estimate exactly what we are getting for our money we need this information. On top of that we need to factor in the carbon footprint from permanent deforestation for infrastructure and running of diesel generators needed to operate things on site when the wind isn't blowing.
In a non-binding vote, state land regulators unanimously indicated they would not support a proposal by TransCanada Maine Wind Development, Inc. to expand a wind power project in northern Franklin County at a meeting Wednesday.
A Canadian energy firm's bid to expand a western Maine wind farm is in jeopardy after state regulators indicated Wednesday they could not support the effort to open more scenic mountain land for the project.
The crux of the activists' argument against the wind-power project is the number, size and location of the turbines on Kibby Mountain, said Logan Perkins of Eddington. Perkins said the activists believe the project will have a detrimental effect on mountain ecosystems, including lynx habitat.
According to police, the morning protest was peaceful, but a number of Earth First! members were issued trespass notices after TransCanada representatives asked them to leave the property and they refused. TransCanada is building 22 wind turbines on mountains near where it's already built 22 turbines that are producing power.
State land regulators are scheduled to deliberate Wednesday on issues regarding TransCanada's proposal to put 15 more wind turbines on mountains in northern Franklin County.
"We're really focused on the wind towers at this point, but certainly there is opportunity beyond wind up there to produce electricity, and we think it would be a nice economic project for our tribe," he said.
Selectmen learned at Thursday night's meeting that a Massachusetts-based wind developer has retooled its project to erect 12 of 19 wind turbines on town mountains. The other seven are proposed for siting in Roxbury.
Carter, who lives about 3.5 miles from the turbines, responded by calling King a "mountain-slayer and a profiteer." He said he's not against wind power, but he's against large projects that destroy mountaintops: "Industrial mountaintop wind, wherever you put it, is a disaster."
The landscape will be forever altered, he said, by a proposed 48-turbine wind-generation project, which is still in the permitting process. If approved, it will be "the largest wind project permitted in Maine," said Alan Michka, a resident of Lexington Township and chairman of the board of the organization the Friends of the Highland Mountains.
A small group of Unity residents took care of several loose ends at a special town meeting June 25, adopting a moratorium on commercial wind energy development and funding the social service agency Waldo Community Action Partners.
Wind power developer Patriot Renewables, which plans to build towers in Woodstock, has offered to make an additional, one-time payment of $80,000 to the town as part of a "tangible benefits" package agreement. Patriot has applied to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to place 11 towers on Spruce Mountain.
Who knows when the onslaught of blasting and earth gouging is to resume on the Record Hill Wind project in the quiet little community of Roxbury? The Department of Environmental Protection doesn't know and former Gov. Angus King isn't forwarding any information, while the campers and camp owners of Roxbury Pond sit nervously silent.
On Saturday, June 26, residents will meet at 9 a.m. at the Buckfield Junior-Senior High School to vote on 46 town warrant articles including a wind ordinance. The 50-page wind ordinance addresses different aspects of wind turbine farms in the town.
A petition that calls for leaving the decision on whether the town should host wind farms up to a vote of residents is being circulated, Town Manager Eugene Skibitsky said Tuesday afternoon. He said he was shown a petition at the board's June 14 meeting by Dan McKay and Fremont Tibbetts. It aims to prohibit industrial wind projects.
Residents on Monday night narrowly defeated a moratorium that would have slowed plans for an industrial wind farm along Saddleback ridge. The vote was 48-42. One of the circulators of a petition that forced the special town meeting, Bill Houghton, said he has no plans to take any other action at this time.
Residents will have a chance Monday to decide whether to approve a six-month moratorium on the development of industrial wind farms. The special town meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Building at the intersection with Route 142.
Despite previous reports that representatives from Bay State-based First Wind LLC would make a presentation at Thursday night's Board of Selectmen meeting on their proposed wind power project, that's not going to happen.
After taking several votes about whether to vote on the proposed moratorium, one resident moved for the vote, which was endorsed by basically everyone, and the 162 residents formed a line to cast simple yes or no ballots inside the town hall. Residents defeated the proposed wind energy moratorium, 86-75, town officials said.
Your readers should not lose sight of the fact that the "Setting the Course" special section that appeared over a recent weekend (June 4-6) in this paper and six others statewide was a paid advertisement, not journalism. Had it been journalism, the mix of stories would have included one that points out that the technology basket in which Maine intends to put the bulk of its economic development eggs -- floating offshore deepwater wind turbines -- doesn't exist.