$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 Art Brigades on September 26, 2015 at 2:20pm

It appears that the scenic impact issue has taught First Wind some lessons that are reflected in this concession.  They know the law's weaknesses and now they know exactly where their projects can go without tripping the scenic impact standard. Now a days they would never even submit an application for a project like Bowers Mountain, which thankfully was doomed because it had a bunch of Scenic Resources of State or National Significance (SRSNS) within the allowable review area (and because of the persistence of Mr. Campbell and Mr. Garall).  The Bingham application was bullet-proof, as have been all First Wind's recent others in Washington and Hancock Counties.  If the battlefield that has always been carte blanche now shrinks, thats a good thing.

Comment by Pineo Girl on September 26, 2015 at 11:04am

Is this final nail in the coffin for those of us trying to stop wind? Sounds like wind has just been given Carte Blanche to do anything they want to in Aroostook, Penobscot, Hancock, Somerset, and Piscataquis counties!

Comment by Penny Gray on September 26, 2015 at 8:32am

Words escape me.

Comment by Eskutassis on September 26, 2015 at 7:55am

No, I don't think FMM play that game, but I don't in any way trust what Sun Edison/First Wind promises. They have lied to just about everyone from the Governors office to Local Towns and Unorganized Territories.  

Comment by Kathleen Nelson on September 25, 2015 at 10:56pm

Just goes to show you that any "environmental" group can be bought.  I'm sure FMM will have a very well paid CEO, just like the Sierra Club.  What a disappointment.

Comment by Kevin Gurall on September 25, 2015 at 8:11pm

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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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