Comment Submissions to DEP Needed on Yet Taller Turbines

BDN: First Wind Pushing for 600' Tall Turbine Allowances

Two thoughts:

1. That's about 10% higher than the Washington Monument

2. Our # 1 industry, tourism, relies on people fleeing the views of skyscrapers

The company wants to amend its Maine DEP permit for the Hancock Wind project so it has the option to erect 574-foot-tall turbines...on Spectacle Pond and Schoppe ridges in Township 22...another First Wind subsidiary, is looking at possible sites in Eastbrook, he said, and has approached the town about increasing its turbine height limit to 600 feet...

Two people who own property in the vicinity of the project site filed appeals against the Maine DEP, but those appeals were dismissed last December by the Board of Environmental Protection.

No one spoke for or against the proposed amendment at the hearing Thursday, but comments still can be submitted to Maine DEP via email athancockwindproject.dep@maine.gov, according to DEP project manager Maria Eggett. Comments also can be mailed to Maria Eggett, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, 106 Hogan Road, Suite 6, Bangor, Maine 04401.

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/09/26/news/hancock/taller-turbine-p...

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Comment by Kathy Sherman on October 4, 2014 at 10:04am
When are comments due? Don't see it on site. It is not just the height, but the "bulk" of the rotor swept area - for scenic impact, flicker, avian impacts which staff have not even commented on yet and the v117 3 MW is the loudest turbine available for onshore (almost as loud as the Siemans 6 MW for far, far offshore 'where noise isn't a concern. It does not appear that the noise modelling used the adjustment factors that supposedly make predictions accurate for elevation and so it is difficult to believe. The project may still comply with Maine's regulations, but only because they are so lax and ill-suited for industrial wind's acoustic pollution in natural settings. The fact that the V117 is being considered is an admission that this is a poor wind resource and that the entire proposal should be re-examined, not just whether increasing height, rotor swept area and negative environmental impacts will be allowed.
Comment by Darren Lord on September 28, 2014 at 7:13pm
Sent my comments in today.
Comment by Mary Kay Barton on September 27, 2014 at 9:30am

The article says no one commented.  Why would no one comment on this absurd proposal???

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