$2.5 million conservation fund set up in Bingham wind pact

An agreement reached between Friends of Maine Mountains and developer SunEdison will provide $2.5 million to conservation projects statewide.  I hope this turns out to be a positive agreement for Maine.  I'm not sure any of these projects have enough salted away for decommissioning should it become necessary.  I'm afraid we will be saddled with enormous behemoths for as long as we can see.  

https://www.centralmaine.com/2015/09/25/friends-of-maines-mountains... 

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Comment by richard mcdonald on September 28, 2015 at 6:51pm

I was speechless when I read the details of this disastrous deal in the BDN. Who gave FMM permission to make this decision on everyone's behalf? Their level of arrogance and foolish grandstanding in an effort to polish their tarnished image is unconscionable. They have emboldened SW/FW and given them a PR coup of immense and immediate value to this struggling enterprise. The only thing they didn't do was supply us all with Vaseline. Maybe they didn't get paid enough by Patriot? 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 28, 2015 at 6:51pm

RADICAL  Returning Authority Democratically  Indefeasible of  Citizens, Allowed Legally

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 28, 2015 at 6:46pm

Any ordinance created can be relaxed case by case as deemed needed by benefit or denied as a standing prohibition if no real benefit is determined by the community without discrimination action if properly worded. It serves mainly to provide the community FIRST SAY, not just an audience by the authorities, to go through the paces under statute, listen and ignore. 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 28, 2015 at 6:37pm

Whether we find friends or foe within our battles against these projects, and many more to come to Maine to Rape our lands in yet other ways, we need to work toward changing the statutes that allow this to prevail. There will be those we encounter that will seemingly side with our battle, but are paid or hold their own interests in mind. Some may endure these battles to seek protection of only that which affects them directly, others may wish to endure all battles for many other issues as well.

We have within the Maine Constitution the ability to utilize Home Rule, which will require writing and enacting local ordinances. To which they must claim authority as provided by current statute to do so, their first claim to say NO, before permitting begins at a higher level of governance. They must first be permitted by the community to go forth to the higher level. The community will then hold the ability to establish its own standards to be met, time limits of permission based on the benefits received, and if not realized, "kick the bums out" by not renewing permission, provided the community limits by permit renewals such as the state imposes.  Some communities in Maine already are underway with Ordinance creation. It is unfortunate that the UT's do not hold this ability currently, but there are those of us that are working to remediate this problem. Though your select boards (authoritative form of governance pending) will tell you "You Can't" the lawyers will also say the same though never provide a statute that you're supposedly violating or competing against. We In Fact Can.... do these local ordinances as authorized by the 9th and 10th amendments to the constitution(s) and further empowered by the 2nd amendments of both. They do these things because we allow it. The state will not protect us, thus we hold the right to do so at the community level. As with the East West Corridor issue we were told that the Legislature views it as a Poison Pill and just wish it would go away. They do not intend to act.

When you pass your ordinances, if worded correctly, any non enforcement is a violation (crime) against the community under statute and brings either the entire or those members of local authority not wishing to enforce into subject of recall. 

So long as we (whine complain and stew) do not take action, we also inadvertently become part of the problem. 

They, the governance, are but an extension of the legislative body under Dillon's Rule. All levels including your local select board. They will tell you they will fail in court if challenged, to discourage your use of Home Rule. But that is for the court to determine, not them nor their attorneys. If written correctly such as two RBO's any lawsuit against the ordinance, requires the challenger to pick up the tab of all attorneys fees, court costs and expert fees. Thus the lawsuit is nothing more than a written insult to the community for the record.  Most world corporations do not wish to work against small communities and become viewed as a bully when they can invade willing communities. 

Comment by Kevin Gurall on September 28, 2015 at 2:08pm

Eskutassis - "I think you will find that FMM made something out of a raw deal.  Let's not trash our sworn Brethren.  They are fighting the same fight we are."

So you're drinking FMM's Kool-Aid now?  Some of you need to open your eyes and understand what's really going on here.  You might as well put your trust blindly in the hands of Jeremey Payne, Kurt Adams, et al. ....  as to give it to FMM,  at least Payne, Adams, etc. are honest about what side their on.  FMM screwed us over badly earlier this year when they took settlement money from a developer in order to drop their legal case, and in doing so greatly enriched the pockets of Stowell and O'Neil.  And now you'd like us to believe that this latest sell out by FMM is somehow suddenly altruistic in nature?  Guess again. 

Comment by Kevin Gurall on September 28, 2015 at 1:57pm

FMM (Rand and O'Neil) have never been about helping all of us fight wind, it was always only about Rand's pet project near Mt/ Blue State Park.  Count all of the wind warrior groups that have been around over the last 5-6 years .... now ask them how much support money they received from FMM. To the best of my knowledge you only find one other case where they spent any money on any project except for Rand's personal interest near Mt. Blue.

Comment by Art Brigades on September 27, 2015 at 8:05pm

Its good PR for one wind company.  Lets hope the other wind companies are sick about it and are now looking at Iowa instead of Maine. 

Comment by Long Islander on September 27, 2015 at 7:35pm

This is almost unimaginably extraordinary good publicity for the wind industry that is destroying Maine.

Comment by Jacqueline Dwinal on September 26, 2015 at 10:15pm

I am saddened by this......

Comment by Eskutassis on September 26, 2015 at 8:08pm

Please read the second post on this site about this topic.  I think you will find that FMM made something out of a raw deal.  Let's not trash our sworn Brethren.  They are fighting the same fight we are.

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(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 https://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?" https://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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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