Articles from Maine
....we believe there are places where this type of development is inappropriate, and the proposed location of the Redington Mountain project is one such place. We are concerned about the detrimental effects the project would have on one of the region's wildest mountain environments.
Upon extensive research on the wind farm industry on the Internet, talking with the Cape Cod and Vermont citizens dealing with wind farms, I have reached this conclusion. They are masters of giving the public a half-truth then guiding us to an assumption that is not true, but one they want us to believe.
It is nice to be able to use a newspaper to push one's own viewpoints on the environment, social issues or whatever the editors of the newspaper feel is their liberal duty. But you should at least have a clue to what you're talking about.
Wind turbines generate much more cash than they do electricity.
Missing from that harsh logic, however, is any evidence that industrial wind power can indeed "stem global warming's progress." With 20 percent of its electricity supposedly coming from wind, Denmark's greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. That country has not reduced its use of other fuels despite a landscape saturated with wind turbines.
FALMOUTH -- On Wednesday, June 7, Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission accepted four Maine conservation organizations' interventions in opposition to the Redington wind power project that is proposed for Western Maine.... Maine Audubon, the state's largest wildlife conservation organization, joins the Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Maine Appalachian Trail Club in opposing this project.
FREEDOM (June 9): Freedom residents said yes to windmills, 56-25 (with 12 abstentions) in at a special town meeting Wednesday, June 7.
PORTLAND, Maine --Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission on Wednesday granted intervenor status to 13 organizations opposed to a planned 90-megawatt wind farm in western Maine. Four of the groups issued a statement saying they recognize a need for wind power in the Northeast, but that the proposed location four miles west of the Sugarloaf USA ski resort is inappropriate for wind turbines. Those organizations are Maine Audubon, Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Maine Appalachian Trail Club.
FREEDOM -- Residents will get a chance to vote on whether to support the idea of erecting three wind turbines on Beaver Ridge in a special town meeting Wednesday evening.
AUGUSTA (May 25): The Maine Legislature, enacted a bill Wednesday, May 24, designed to promote the development of wind energy in Maine.
Maine's largest energy provider is forecasting record-breaking electricity use this summer, as well as a need for additional supply lines to feed an ever-increasing demand. But a solution planned by ISO New England -- which manages electricity distribution in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont -- is being met with skepticism by Maine officials, who question the proposal's need and fairness.
Lee also warned that renewable energy sources, though desirable, were not a "silver bullet" solution. "It does leave an environmental footprint," Lee said, noting that wind energy and solar energy take up large areas of land, making it difficult to find a place to put them, especially in densely populated parts of the world.
FREEDOM -- Town officials are considering a 430-mile round trip bus ride to Hull, Mass., to get a better idea of what their town would look like with three wind turbines spinning on Beaver Ridge.
WASHINGTON — Electricity rates threaten to follow the path of gas prices: Up. ISO New England, the region's grid operator, is gaining support for a plan to raise electricity rates by $5 billion over four years, beginning in December. Rates would continue to rise at an undetermined click after that.
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.
All renewable energies have a common fault: They are very dilute. Massive areas are needed to produce small amounts of energy. Solar and wind have strong periodicity and do not match actual electricity use.
If New England's nuclear energy plants had to be replaced by other non-emitting sources of electricity to meet the RGGI goals, the region would be looking at large-scale wind projects, with weather-dependent output, spread over some 650,000 acres of land or water at a cost of more than $10 billion.
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.