"Thanks Art. You make a good point. Applicant funding of reviews is common. However, it only remains proper if there is sufficient separation between the regulated and the governing body or regulator. I can find faults with the process, as it relates…"
"After my posting of the Oakfield Review Committee Report I was contacted by a municipal official from the Town of Oakfield. He had some legitimate criticism with the context in which I presented the document. Issue was taken to my statement that…"
"Oakfield Review Committee report. This has been erroneously cited as an ordinance, however, it is nothing more than a series of recommendations. It should be noted that First Wind paid the approximately $90,000 in consultant/legal fees to produce…"
"Sorry Brian- I'm at work. If you have the details on the terms, they would be valuable. Financials, town ordinance provisions, TIF...
Also, what about noise standards and enforcement? Setback and Decommissioning requirements are biggies too.…"
"In response to your questioning who may have a copy of what I referenced - what would you like a copy of? I have copies of almost all documents pertaining to this project, including the draft Permit, initial application, and much more.
As to the…"
"Brian said: "The "ability" to finance is included on page 5 of 53 in the Draft Permit. The actual guarantee of financing is not included, simply a letter from HSH Nordbank. I have addressed this issue with MDEP to no avail."
"They have seen stimulus funding. I believe 76 million from two projects in NY and 40.44 million from Stetson I. The letter from HSH Nordbank isn't much. It even states outright that it does not constitute a guarantee of financing. MDEP seems…"
"The "ability" to finance is included on page 5 of 53 in the Draft Permit. The actual guarantee of financing is not included, simply a letter from HSH Nordbank. I have addressed this issue with MDEP to no avail."
Jan 5, 2010
Brian Raynes is now a member of Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine
Sorry Brian- I'm at work. If you have the details on the terms, they would be valuable. Financials, town ordinance provisions, TIF...
Also, what about noise standards and enforcement? Setback and Decommissioning requirements are biggies too. Post the whole documents if you have them. TYVM
Brian said: "The "ability" to finance is included on page 5 of 53 in the Draft Permit. The actual guarantee of financing is not included, simply a letter from HSH Nordbank. I have addressed this issue with MDEP to no avail."
Who has a copy of this? As I understand it, the town has been falling all over itself because they passed a tough ordinance, and because they got First Wind to bow to all their strict demands. They even suggested that they created the new model for other communities to emulate. We need to find out details.
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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/
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