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The 38-turbine wind farm along Stetson mountain's long, low ridgeline of 600 to 1,200 feet is the second in the state completed by First Wind ...Even as power begins flowing from the Stetson project, a 17-turbine extension known as Stetson II is in the permitting stages.
Three months after a local company began a yearlong study to determine if a commercial wind farm would be viable in a ridge off Route 236, officials said initial results are "marginal." "They're not spectacular," said Richard Benoit, president of the Cape Neddick-based Ra Power Solutions. ...Benoit declined to say how fast initial results showed the wind speed to be, but added the study will continue its course.
In a four-and-a-half-hour public workshop with Central Maine Power Co. officials, city councilors Tuesday demanded to know why the electric company needs a $1.5 billion upgrade to its system. Why does CMP find it necessary to install high-capacity power lines through the area? Why can't the company come up with a different way to keep Maine's lights on, since so many people are opposed to the proposal?
Roxbury voters are at a fork in the road. They can ignore the loophole-filled promises of free electricity and property tax savings and vote to keep the ridges free from gigantic arm-waving machines, or they can cave in to the lure of easy money and sell Roxbury's soul to the industrial wind "farmers." But let's not fool ourselves that the sacrifice of Roxbury's scenic vistas is justified to curb global warming, or to replace fossil fuel-burning power plants, or reduce dependence on foreign oil, because none of these things will happen. But don't take my word for it.
A public meeting will be held 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Outdoor Center to hear about a developer's plan for this town to annex a parcel of Redington Township so a 90-megawatt wind power project on Redington and Black Nubble Mountains can be built. This comes after years of permit denials for the project by the state's Land Use Regulation Commission, which, if the town's annexation were to be successful, would no longer have the authority over the project.
Largely because of an appeal of First Wind of Massachusetts' town permit to build a proposed $130 million wind farm, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin expects the town will spend more than its $10,000 budget on attorneys' fees by budget year's end on June 30, she said Monday. Goodwin wasn't complaining, calling appeals of planning board decisions "part of doing business," but said the appeal was unexpected.
First Wind has ordered and taken delivery of the Stetson II wind farm turbine components (17 turbines). This picture was taken just one month after First Wind submitted its permit application for Stetson II to the State of Maine for approval. Apparently, First Wind is confident it will win approval.
First Wind ordered and has taken delivery of these nacelles planned for the Stetson II wind farm project (17 turbines). This picture was taken only one month after First Wind submitted its permit application for the project to the State of Maine for approval. Apparently, First Wind is confident it will win approval.
Back in November, the selectmen announced that Harley Lee, president of Endless Energy Corporation of Yarmouth had approached the town about the possibility of annexing part of Redington Township. This is Lee's latest initiative to see a 90 megawatt wind farm come to light on the Redington Pond Range and Black Nubble mountains. After nearly two decades of trying ...the LURC commissioners themselves reject the project nearly unanimously. However, if the town did annex part of Redington Township, the LURC decision would have no bearing and the wind farm project would gain new life.
Wind turbines may not be in the city's immediate -- or long-term -- future. An interest by some Rockland councilors to have wind turbines erected on Dodge Mountain to generate electricity for the community does not appear to be feasible. David St. Laurent, the city's transfer station director, said he contacted wind-power operators about the feasibility of generating electricity from wind turbines in Rockland.
Politicians, scientists and policymakers seek to put Maine at the forefront of an energy revolution powered by world-class wind power blowing against the state's entire coast. The Ocean Energy Task Force, convened by Gov. John Baldacci, held its first meeting last week to begin the work of determining how the Atlantic Ocean might power homes, businesses and transportation in Maine and beyond.
The Dixmont Board of Selectmen is holding a public hearing Wednesday night on a proposed 180 day moratorium on wind farm development. There is no formal proposal yet in Dixmont but the company that developed Beaver Ridge Wind LLC in Freedom is now pursuing plans to develop a similar project in Dixmont. Mount Harris Wind LLC put an anemometer atop Mount harris a year ago to study the feasibility of a wind farm.
But the launch of the Freedom turbines brings old adages to mind: "Buyer beware" and "the devil is in the details" ...Freedom threw out its commercial ordinance to make way for the windmills, leaving residents with no legal recourse should the sunny predictions of the developers fall short. It is also worth asking if Waldo County should welcome power plants selling exclusively out of state.
A Yarmouth wind-energy company wants the town of Carrabassett Valley to annex the upper portion of Redington Township to pave the way for a wind farm. Harley Lee, president of Endless Energy Corp., broached the idea to selectmen and will bring a concept plan touting benefits of the wind farm to the board in the future. "We are looking at it to do a community-based wind project," Lee said Tuesday.
With growing concern, we read the report of radiologist Dr. Michael Nissenbaum's testimony about adverse health effects of wind farms, which are amplified over bodies of water. This is because First Wind is seeking permission from LURC to erect 17 wind turbines within a mile of Upper and Lower Hot Brook Lakes, just west of the Danforth town line which goes down the middle of the lakes.
Selectmen say that they have been approached by a private company about the possibility of annexing a part of Redington Township for the purposes of developing a wind power project. ...Endless Energy intends to submit a plan to selectmen and eventually begin meeting with people in the community prior to holding informational meetings.
But it hopes to build a 5-gigawatt, deep-water wind farm - the largest in the world ...The target generating capacity of 5 gigawatts equals the power required to replace the use of home heating oil in winter, said Simmons. But more could be generated if necessary. The Gulf of Maine has an estimated total wind power potential of 100 gigawatts. The farm would likely be split into five sections, each about eight nautical miles, or 9.2 miles, or 14.8 kilometers, square, containing 200 turbines generating 5 megawatts each.
A lengthy presentation by the principals of the proposed Record Hill Wind Project and from several others affiliated with the plan drew questions from residents at a Department of Environmental Protection public hearing Thursday. "My concern has always been how the sound is going to travel," resident Linda Kuras said. She noted that sound studies conducted on the project were performed in August, a time when the wind is generally at a low ebb, and wondered if any study showed how sound can rebound off mountains around the proposed project area.
Todd Presson and Trevor Childs from Patriot Renewables of Quincy, Mass., said the wind farm would have five turbines. Each would produce 1.5 megahertz of electricity from towers 260 feet high. The towers would have 121-foot-long blades and three of the five towers would have flashing lights for safety. "The generators are not as noisy as some fear," Presson said. "The sound does carry a half mile but people standing at the bottom of a tower can comfortably talk to each other without shouting."