Articles from Maine

Talks round and round

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.
4 Apr 2006

Tilting at Wind Power

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.
30 Mar 2006

Maine's top economic gun loaded with optimism

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.
25 Mar 2006

Wind-farm plans divide Freedom

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.
18 Mar 2006

Wind farm options bought in County

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.
24 Feb 2006

Power grid bill pros and cons aired for panel

AUGUSTA -- A bill that allows the Maine Public Utilities Commission to pull Maine out of the New England power grid won endorsements from several large manufacturers at a legislative hearing Wednesday, but opponents warned that it could hurt Maine consumers in the long run.
16 Feb 2006

Wind towers vs. birds and bats – information is controversial

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.
4 Jan 2006

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