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At the sound of the ruckus, I looked out a window to see a tractor-trailer rig hauling two of those preposterously huge 125-foot wind turbine blades north from Searsport to the site of a controversial wind farm project at Mars Hill, an endeavor commonly known by more than a few disgruntled County residents as the Great Mars Hill Mountain Defacement Boondoggle.
SEARSPORT (April 14): The 125-foot-long windmill blades shipped April 4 into Searsport began their journey Friday, April 14, to a Mars Hill wind farm.
REDINGTON TOWNSHIP -- Schools, hospitals, and colleges in western Maine will be the first in line to buy electricity from a Franklin County wind farm under a new deal struck with the state's leading electrical retail supplier.
A proposed wind farm in western Maine would sell its output as renewable "green" power to large in-state customers under an agreement announced Wednesday.
FREEDOM -- Tensions concerning a proposed wind turbine project continued to rise during an informational meeting that quickly turned into more of a debate on Monday evening.
SACO, Maine --City officials are exploring whether it makes sense to erect a wind turbine to generate electricity and cut down on the city's energy costs.
FREEDOM -- Residents here and members of the grassroots group Windwise have determined at least one thing about the wind turbine project proposed for nearby Beaver Ridge: They have lots of questions.
MARS HILL - With materials on the ground and contractors on site, a Bangor-based corporation is moving forward on its project to develop a wind farm in northern Maine.
FREEDOM -- Residents here want more information before an energy company erects three 400-foot wind turbines on a ridgeline above their town.
Cashman said there should be more investment in Maine in alternative energy sources such as wind power and biomass boilers. Maine even should consider bringing back nuclear power, which has become unpopular, as a way to reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels, he said.
FREEDOM -- When the old pickup truck's rumbling diesel engine chugged to a stop at the top of Beaver Ridge, only gusting wind whistling through the anemometer's steel guy wires broke the silence.
AUGUSTA -- A public hearing on a proposed wind farm in the Redington Township will be set by the end of summer.
FREEDOM (March 13): Three wind turbines will sit atop Beaver Ridge in Freedom and quietly generate enough “clean” electricity to serve 2,000 households by the end of next year, if all goes according to plan.
FREEDOM - A Portland-based energy broker wants to install three wind turbines on a ridge in this western Waldo County town that would provide enough electricity to power 2,000 houses.
A Portland-based energy provider has submitted an application to build a small-scale wind power project in Freedom.
ST. AGATHA - A Delaware-based company involved in wind energy is taking options on hundreds of acres of farm and forestland in the central St. John Valley where a wind farm could be located, if wind tests are positive.
Other places in Maine suitable for wind farms would not involve destroying wilderness or decreasing tourist dollars.
This means that concerned citizens from all over the state who love our Maine mountains must make themselves aware of this outrageous proposal, as well as the larger question of uncontrolled wind power development and the damage it will cause.
Existing or proposed wind power projects in northern New England. Excludes locations where wind is being measured but no turbines have been proposed yet.
My viewpoint was, and still is, that the huge towers (260 feet high), gigantic blades (add another 150 feet), blinking strobe lights, permanent removal of wind-hindering vegetation, and highly visible road and transmission infrastructures are totally inappropriate for wild, undeveloped, scenic and highly visible settings. And I said I thought that opponents should focus on those issues, as well as the small return in electricity for the massive public price paid, aesthetically and otherwise, and should perhaps stay away from the issue of bird mortality caused by the rapidly spinning blades. The jury is still out on that, I said, and conventional wisdom is that vastly more birds are killed by high-rise windows and free-running cats......Well, so much for conventional wisdom. Editor's Note This opinion piece was written in response to a letter received from Lisa Linowes that is available via the link below.