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Wind turbine siting ordinances & criteria
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I've been involved in 'teaching' Maine planners about correct siting of wind turbines--horizontal and vertical, i.e. AVCOG planners last November; Lisbon Town manager; and worked with Brunswick's…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Art Brigades Jan 7, 2010.

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Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post Where would I find topo maps showing wind farm clear cuts for pads and esp. transmission lines.
"There is a new 'tool' for measuring CANOPY COVER and effect on carbon uptake. Learn about it here:  https://canopy.itreetools.org/"
Oct 3
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post Where would I find topo maps showing wind farm clear cuts for pads and esp. transmission lines.
"Bull Hill seems to have a lot of forest removed; but Maine forest lands from the air always look machine groomed...Bull Hill appears to be raked. I'm also not getting topo, and transmission lines are invisible. Next two weeks I'll plunge…"
Oct 3
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post Where would I find topo maps showing wind farm clear cuts for pads and esp. transmission lines.
"ERIC...probably worse case....biggest footprint, longest and widest transmission line R.O.W.  Had a client who lived near Woodstock and CMP(?) shredded a mature forest, it was mowed, removing a lot of biomass. "
Oct 3
Eric A. Tuttle commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post Where would I find topo maps showing wind farm clear cuts for pads and esp. transmission lines.
"This file can be downloaded and opened by Google Earth. It is full of Topo maps from around the world, however I found that most of Maine was either dated 1954 or 1967. Other than terrain, not much use for your…"
Oct 3
Eric A. Tuttle commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post Where would I find topo maps showing wind farm clear cuts for pads and esp. transmission lines.
"Is there any specific location that you are seeking these Topo Maps?"
Oct 2
Eric A. Tuttle commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post Where would I find topo maps showing wind farm clear cuts for pads and esp. transmission lines.
"First link. All Turbines in the U.S.A 2018 [zoom in] https://eerscmap.usgs.gov/uswtdb/viewer/#3.64/38.77/-95.72 Topographical maps. [Zoom…"
Oct 2
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post Where would I find topo maps showing wind farm clear cuts for pads and esp. transmission lines.
"A site and transmission ROW map can be placed under a Google EARTH photo, pre and post tree removal. Estimates using densities of surrounding forest and types of trees can be put into the estimates and defended as 'best possible'…"
Oct 2
Eric A. Tuttle commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post Where would I find topo maps showing wind farm clear cuts for pads and esp. transmission lines.
"In Maine there are approximately 238 trees per acre on average (Use to be may be a more correct figure) with each mature tree absorbing about 48 pounds of carbon per year. (larger trees even more) Emitting (unknown) Oxygen to sustain an average of…"
Oct 1
Brad Blake commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post Where would I find topo maps showing wind farm clear cuts for pads and esp. transmission lines.
"Top maps don't get updated frequently enough to have the scars of industrial wind development imposed on them.  Your best bet would be Google Earth satellite images, as every freaking one of them show clear as hell.  Does the software…"
Oct 1
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Where would I find topo maps showing wind farm clear cuts for pads and esp. transmission lines.

If I had a map of the amount of forest removed for turbine pads, access roads, and transmission lines I can calculate the impact on the atmosphere, esp. loss of CO2 conversion, and on the watershed and aquifer.This would be a focused environmental impact statement prohibited under current siting legislation; and if my early calculations are right, that the CO2 no longer removed by photosynthesis is greater than the carbon offsets. iHYDRO software and possibly the Canadian software, RETSOFT can…See More
Oct 1
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dwayne Bennett's blog post Maine Governor's Wind Committee
"Are they receiving comments or ????"
Oct 1
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Willem Post's blog post REPLACING NUCLEAR PLANTS WITH GAS TURBINE PLANTS IN NEW ENGLAND
"It is very possible to generate 'natural gas' from organic wastes. There is proven technology in use throughout the world. Localities can do it and enhance the methane to pipeline quality, and replace part perhapps all of the fossil gas…"
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Thinklike A. Mountain commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post WIND DROUGHT IN ENGLAND leaves London gasping..
"One product issued by NWS for: Great Falls MT Share | Winter Weather Advisory URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Great Falls MT 250 AM MDT Mon Aug 27 2018 MTZ012-050-054-272100-…"
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Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Eskutassis's blog post Interesting take from an Iowan Newspaper.
"In Maine they included Burger King and other fast food places."
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Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Eskutassis's blog post Interesting take from an Iowan Newspaper.
"I was awed by the long list of jobs 'created' by Maine wind farms, since they included every possible p-t 'job'....My fav. was list of the 'jobs' at the local Burger King."
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Where would I find topo maps showing wind farm clear cuts for pads and esp. transmission lines.

If I had a map of the amount of forest removed for turbine pads, access roads, and transmission lines I can calculate the impact on the atmosphere, esp. loss of CO2 conversion, and on the watershed and aquifer.

This would be a focused environmental impact statement prohibited under current siting legislation; and if my early calculations are right, that the CO2 no longer removed by photosynthesis is greater than the carbon offsets. iHYDRO software and possibly the Canadian software,…

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Posted on October 1, 2018 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Oppressing Dylan Vorhee's environmental hypocrisy and untruths

Tapping into the proposed energy corridor is, as I understand it, a negotiable item---which I strongly support.

Dylan raises other issues, several based on nonfactual assumptions:

"Dylan:

 NRCM has long supported wind farms in Maine, all of…

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Posted on May 22, 2018 at 1:21pm

You're surrounded....check out this conference,.

Day One Session Topics Include:

 

National Wind Update with AWEA

 

The Northeast Regional Situation - A discussion with colleagues led by Peter Rothstein, President of the Northeast Clean Energy Council.

 

Generation Options & Competition in the Northeast - A focused and pragmatic…

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Posted on May 2, 2018 at 8:58am — 1 Comment

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At 9:55pm on March 27, 2015, Kathy Sherman said…
Tried comment, not work. Thinking much of this does not interest all. e-mail direct if you can.
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http://mainelaw.maine.edu/ who would you suggest I send an email to ?? 

 
 
 

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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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