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Turbine issue draws voters to annual meeting

Residents of Brighton Plantation are finding out that wind energy might not be as efficient or green an alternative to fossil fuels as they previously may have thought. Karen Pease of Friends of Highland Plantation came to address the citizens at the small town meeting with a large turnout Saturday morning. "We are not anti wind. We are for the responsible placement of wind turbines, if such a thing exists...
28 Mar 2010

Thorndike votes for strict wind ordinance

With no discussion and little fanfare, Thorndike residents voted at Saturday morning's annual town meeting to adopt a comprehensive, strict wind energy ordinance, which would require mile-long setbacks between wind turbine towers and homes. ...With the vote, Thorndike joins the nearby towns of Dixmont and Jackson in adopting ordinances that give towns high levels of control.
20 Mar 2010

Wind ban wrong

The industry was passive on setbacks in the early days of siting the towers and turbines. Communities relied on ordinances adapted from other industrial projects, or took the word of developers. That was a mistake. Most notably in Mars Hill, where the state's first major wind power project was built, residents tell horror stories about not being able to sleep. ...Better data is needed, and it is needed soon.
25 Feb 2010

Union plans wind energy regulations; Town may impose temporary moratorium on wind power facilities

The town of Union is in the process of drafting a proposed wind energy ordinance and will hold a public meeting to gather feedback on the issue. The town may even impose a temporary moratorium on wind power facilities to give it time to establish regulations, according to a press release issued by the town Feb. 9. The town has scheduled a public hearing on the draft wind energy facility regulations.
10 Feb 2010

Small wind energy ordinance will likely return to planning board

A proposed small wind energy ordinance may be headed back to the Windham Planning Board for additional review and another public hearing. ...The proposed draft required that all new windmills would have to be a distance of 1.1 times the height of the structure from the nearest lot line, with a maximum height of 60 feet. However, the draft contained provisions to allow waivers for taller structures that generated more than 20 kW of power if the builder went before the planning board.
29 Jan 2010

Public hearing on wind power ordinance slated

The public will have its first opportunity to comment on the proposed municipal commercial wind energy facility ordinance during a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the town office. A little over a year in the making, the proposed ordinance grew out of discussions surrounding the potential of a large-scale wind farm running through this northern Maine town.
16 Jan 2010

Proposed wind power ordinance unveiled in Jackson

A proposed ordinance that would regulate wind turbines in town received a mostly warm reception when it was presented to residents at a public hearing Nov. 19. ...The ordinance contains a number of specific setbacks - the distance between a wind turbine and a particular reference point, such as a property line - with regard to noise and other concerns. The summary handout said the setbacks are designed to "balance the needs of wind turbine owners or developers and nearby residents."
25 Nov 2009

Dixmont voters approve ordinance

"If you looking at at wind turbines, some people complain about visual pollution, but the real challenge is the price, and the winds are not reliable," she added. "Solar's expensive as well." According to the Dixmont planning board director, the final vote was 229 Yes, and 78 No. Andrew Price, a partner with the wind company, says he believes the new ordinance is the most restrictive in the state and essentially bans any kind of wind project in Dixmont.
20 Nov 2009

Dixmont to vote on industrial wind energy ordinance

Two years ago, a company started looking into the potential for placing wind turbines along Mt. Harris in Dixmont. Since then, local residents have been talking about what that could mean for them-- and Thursday, the issue comes to a vote. Mt. Harris Wind had plans to build about ten turbines along this ridge in Dixmont, says project partner Andrew Price.
18 Nov 2009

Wells voters to consider wind-turbine rules

Wind turbines are a permitted use in town, but there's hardly anything on the books to regulate the devices, according to town officials. Article 2, Question 2, on the November referendum would change all that. "People are talking about (wind turbines) so we should have something out there to guide it," said Code Enforcement Officer Jodine Adams, who noted two turbines are already up and running in town. The Wells municipal code minimally addresses wind turbines, she said, but the proposed ordinance would establish a slew of guidelines that aren't yet addressed in town law.
29 Oct 2009

Petition on wind power moratorium accepted

A resident's petition asking the town to approve a 180-day moratorium on wind power development was found sufficient by selectmen Tuesday night. There were 115 valid signatures on the petition. The decision on whether to hold a referendum at the polls or a special town meeting to vote on the issue was tabled until all members of the Board of Selectmen are present. James Parker's petition says that the full impact of wind turbines has not been fully explored.
21 Oct 2009

Public hearing on wind farm moratorium set for Monday

Residents will have a chance Monday to learn about and ask questions on a proposed moratorium ordinance on potential wind farm development. ...The proposed ordinance was prompted by a tentative proposal by Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., to construct eight to 20 wind turbines along the ridge that includes Colonel Holman Mountain.
26 Sep 2009

Board sees no reason for moratorium on wind farm

By a 3-1 vote at Thursday night's meeting, selectmen decided not to convene a special town meeting to allow residents to vote on a petition-initiated moratorium of 180 days on any development of wind farms on town hills. Their reasoning? Acting Chairman Frank DiConzo and Selectmen Mark Belanger and Robert Cameron all agreed that no emergency exists to warrant slowing the process.
18 Sep 2009

Oakfield board OKs wind farm guidelines

The town is poised to become Maine’s first municipality to enact guidelines aimed at eliminating adverse impacts allegedly caused by industrial wind sites, Town Manager Dale Morris said Wednesday. Intended for First Wind’s $120 million wind-to-energy facility proposed for Oakfield Hills, the guidelines set a post-construction protocol for noise complaints and require post-construction sound monitoring, Morris said. They also require First Wind to fix problems that occur, he said.
17 Sep 2009

Board recommends Land Use Ordinance amendments

The only proposed amendment generating pubic comment, though, was one that would govern wind turbines, which would be allowed at heights of up to 60 feet for residential use and 80 feet for non-residential use. "It would give folks the opportunity to do something (with wind power), but also have constraints," said Board Chairman Kevin Cochary.
29 Aug 2009

Rule change on windmills aired

A proposed ordinance amendment that would increase height restrictions and allow smaller wind turbines in town will be the subject of a public hearing at Tuesday's meeting of the Planning Board. Draft amendment language would allow "a small wind energy installation" of up to 80 feet, with approval granted by the town's codes enforcement office, Town Planner Kris Hulstedt said Tuesday. Larger installations would be allowed only with a special permit from the Planning Board.
29 Jul 2009
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