Critics of the decision — many of them directly involved in the wind industry — claim that reopening the bidding will create “regulatory uncertainty” in the global market and put the flow of investment dollars to the state at risk. We believe any such risk would be limited to further investment in land-based wind power development in Maine. And our view — one shared by many others in Maine — is that such a slowdown is a welcome occurrence.…Continue
In other words, something is terribly flawed with the law that was of course created by and for corporations who continue to write legislation affecting the wind industry, most recently evidenced by former Senate president Justin Alfond's 178 pages of emails with the wind industry exposed by the nonpartisan …Continue
Bingham Wind project gets…Continue
Any ordinance writer knows regulations are fact-based documents, not political mandates written to accommodate a possible, chosen one.
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The state continues to prop up unreliable and intermittent wind power with a wind law that favors the out-of-state wind industry at the expense of Mainers.....
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“To demonstrate the challenge offshore wind is having, 12 companies qualified to bid but only two submitted bids. Although the four leases were in the heart of some of the windiest areas of the U.S., they are further south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island. But being in deeper water than the stymied Cape Wind project located to the north, their development and operating costs will be considerably greater.”
The prospects for U.S. offshore wind power, after…Continue
Listen to live webcast in five minutes: DEP to brief EUT Committee on wind power
If you are interested in hearing the DEP's briefing on wind energy to be presented to the Legislature's Utilities Committee, tune in Tuesday at 1 pm. It will include the DEP's lessons learned and a glimpse at their future plans to regulate Maine's worst boondoggle. Click here to listen:…Continue
BY PAUL ACKERMAN
Maine Audubon’s 2014 list of corporate sponsors notes the following among the wind industry & backers/ beneficiaries: Eagle donor ($10,000-plus from First Wind), Falcon donor ($5,000 from Reed & Reed Inc.), Osprey donor ($2,500-plus from Central Maine Power Company), Owl donor ($1,000-plus from Cianbro and Patriot Renewables).…Continue
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The appeal, filed by Friends of Maine's Mountains, asks the board to overturn a DEP decision approving the construction of a 56-turbine wind farm in Somerset CountyContinue