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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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Dec 5
Dudley G. Gray commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post Challenging LURC's scope of wind farm review and their default to D.E.P. ..correspondence with Stacie R. Beyer Chief Planner, Land Use Planning Commission
"Frank, I called LUPC to find out their agenda. Meeting supposedly 12/12 but no agenda announced. Should have it by the 5th. I'm more curious about the proposal that LUPC change the adjacency principle "one mile" rule to 10 miles…"
Dec 2
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Long Islander's blog post Transmission is latest front in fossil fuels v. renewables battle
"BROOKFIELD is a major player with 70,000 employees in their system, and they have a huge investment in Hydro. Anyone ever contact them?"
Nov 30
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post If not Hydro. Perhaps Wind
Nov 30
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post If not Hydro. Perhaps Wind
"Enter a major renewable company is expanding its hydropower presence in Maine: This web site gives you some details of their present installed capacity  of 17,400 MW. https://renewableops.brookfield.com/ It was calculated that in 2015,…"
Nov 30
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Long Islander's blog post Transmission is latest front in fossil fuels v. renewables battle
"I've been looking at the other side of the mismatch, which is excess production that is rejected by the grid. At the residential level I believe that smart meters can turn off the flow from small PV projects when there is no need. …"
Nov 30
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post If not Hydro. Perhaps Wind
"Brookfield, White Pine Hydro issued a 'green' bond last year that included these statistics: " BWPH portfolio, which consists of 68 generating units across 21hydroelectric facilities located primarily in the state of Maine with atotal…"
Nov 30
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post If not Hydro. Perhaps Wind
"WYMAN holds a lot of water, 208,910 acre ft, and 155ft high; but Abbott Brook, Aziscohos and Vanceboro dams hold more water; however flow is critical and that's where dams on Rivers shine as power generators. 136 of the dams in the data base…"
Nov 30
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post If not Hydro. Perhaps Wind
"There are 597 dams listed in the Maine portion of the National Inventory of Dams. Smaller dams under 15' and with a smaller pond acreage are omitted as are weirs which divert water into a power generating device.  If you're curious,…"
Nov 30
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post If not Hydro. Perhaps Wind
"This excerpt from the Kleinschmidt report reveals that the hydropower potential is substantial: "An inventory of Conventional Hydropower Development at existing powered and unpowereddam sites in Maine was made. The screening analysis identified…"
Nov 30
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post If not Hydro. Perhaps Wind
"Uh, with the election results casting a negative shadow over the transmission corridors, I find this just popped up promoting hydropower:   https://www.necleanenergyconnect.org/"
Nov 29
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Frank J. Heller, MPA's blog post Challenging LURC's scope of wind farm review and their default to D.E.P. ..correspondence with Stacie R. Beyer Chief Planner, Land Use Planning Commission
"Read several of the documents and they read like std. construction plans with no sensitivity to environment considerations other than 'storm runoff'.  Lot of money went into preparing these, so be careful and read them thoroughly in…"
Nov 29
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Challenging LURC's scope of wind farm review and their default to D.E.P. ..correspondence with Stacie R. Beyer Chief Planner, Land Use Planning Commission

Hello again: I reviewed your authority under your enabling statutes and find it decidedly covers environmental impacts of wind farms in areas under your jurisdiction: "To preserve …support and encourage Maine's natural resource-based economy and strong environmental protections; … to honor the rights and participation of residents and property owners …while recognizing the unique value of these lands and waters to the State; to prevent residential, recreational, commercial and industrial uses…See More
Nov 29
Frank J. Heller, MPA commented on Dan McKay's blog post If not Hydro. Perhaps Wind
"In a massive shift of political activity, a new lobbying site sponsored by CMP has been created to promote hydropower, probably in response to what seems to be a denial of the proposed…"
Nov 29
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

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UN believes HYDROPOWER IS the answer to climate change.

People in the hydroelectric power industry have long known that this clean, reliable, renewable generating technology has an important role to play in meeting vital goals related to the environment and climate change.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agrees, as evidenced by an article published on its website last week.

Below are excerpts from the text of this…

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Posted on December 5, 2018 at 3:42pm

Challenging LURC's scope of wind farm review and their default to D.E.P. ..correspondence with Stacie R. Beyer Chief Planner, Land Use Planning Commission

Hello again:

 

I reviewed your authority under your enabling statutes and find it decidedly covers environmental impacts of wind farms in areas under your jurisdiction:

 

"To preserve …support and encourage Maine's natural resource-based economy and strong environmental protections; … to honor the rights and participation of residents and property owners …while recognizing the unique value of these…

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Posted on November 29, 2018 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

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

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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.
At 10:39pm on March 31, 2013, Norman Mitchell said…

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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