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Blue Sky West, a Boston-based developer and subsidiary of the company First Wind Holdings Inc., has been seeking approval for the project since May 2013 amid challenges, including a Maine Supreme Judicial Court case about a key financial partnership, and delays because of perceived threats to bats.
The Owls Head-based solar technology company Ascendant Energy has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, seeking to eliminate more than $780,000 in debt including grants and loans from the Maine Technology Institute and investment from the Wiscasset-based Coastal Enterprises Inc.
Atlantic Wind, a subsidiary of a global utility business, has leased thousands of acres in two coastal communities and is gathering data to assess the feasibility of a wind energy project there.
“People appreciate the need in society for good, consistent cellphone coverage, yet there are some challenges in terms of placement,” Hall said. “I don’t think anyone wants a town littered with towers.”
“There was a fund deficiency in the TIF fund,” Jellison said. “It indicated there were expenditures before there was revenue coming in.” The revenue in question was coming from Blue Sky East, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boston-based wind energy developer First Wind.
The state’s highest court will be asked to consider a finding that the installation of 16 wind turbines on Bowers Mountain would have a negative scenic impact.
First Wind Holdings Inc., a dominant player in New England’s wind energy industry, has sustained legal setbacks in Maine that threaten some of the Boston-based developer’s proposed projects there.
The state’s Department of Environmental Protection denied the project last year, a decision the company appealed. The citizen-run Board of Environmental Protection, which handled the appeal, voted 4-1 Thursday to uphold DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho’s rejection of the project.
“For years wind developers have peddled the general benefits of wind energy, and they have a lot of financial resources behind them that we’ll never match. People certainly want to believe it’s all good. But impacts to Maine exceed the benefits ...Mainers expect tangible benefits for the enormous investment the government is forcing taxpayers and ratepayers to make in wind energy.”
Boston-based First Wind is pushing Maine utilities regulators to approve for a second time its multimillion-dollar partnership with Nova Scotia-based power company Emera, in a case that was sent back to the Maine Public Utilities Commission by a court order.
“Industrial wind is always a contentious, divisive issue in communities where it gains a foothold,” the Beckfords said in an April letter mailed to residents but not planning board members. “As for us, we will continue to work to protect our farm.”
Boston-based wind power developer First Wind announced Thursday morning that it has closed a $369 million financing deal for its 148-megawatt Oakfield Wind project.
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection took a preliminary vote Thursday toward rejecting a proposed $100 million wind farm in the Downeast Lakes region. First Wind turbines spin on Stetson Mountain. The Maine Board of Environmental Protection took a preliminary step Thursday toward rejecting a wind farm in Penobscot County.
A proposed wind farm in Clifton is, once again, dividing residents. After a series of appeals by opponents and the developer, the State Supreme Court is now reviewing the plan.
The state wants to make sure the developer, which lost a key funding source in a court ruling, can afford to finish four projects in Maine worth $1 billion. ...applicants for wind-energy projects must show that they have enough money for construction and maintenance, and for restoring sites after wind farms go off line.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is appealing last month’s ruling by a judge who determined that DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho erred in a decision involving noise complaints about a wind farm on Vinalhaven.
In a prepared statement, the Standard & Poor’s rating agency said the court ruling could trigger a sale of the company’s assets, or prompt Emera to divest its interest in the company. For rating purposes, it was putting the venture on its CreditWatch and said it could consolidate the joint company into First Wind. “Because we currently rate First Wind lower than Northeast Wind, it’s possible we would downgrade the company,” Standard & Poor’s said in a statement last month.
After a floor debate featuring soaring rhetoric about democracy and self-determination, the House on Monday advanced a bill aimed at giving residents of Maine’s vast Unorganized Territory a new way to slow down wind development.
"So windpower invades Maine, forces us to buy a billion dollars worth of something that we don't need," he says, "and that does us no good, ruining hundreds of square miles of classic Maine mountains, and ruining our economy, and this is something to celebrate?" Critics like O'Neil also accuse the wind industry of relying too much on federal subsidies.
A lawyer representing the side that challenged the deal and won the argument at the state’s Supreme Judicial Court said Thursday that the business venture shouldn’t be allowed to continue operating. “There is no approval of this. It has been vacated, nullified,” said Alan Stone, representing the Houlton Water Company.