Beckfords of Rebel Hill Farm in Clifton Score Court Victory on Wednesday.

The Business and Consumer Court (Judge Horton presiding) "grants the appeal of Peter and Julie Beckford and vacates the approval of Pisgah's industrial wind energy project." The sentence pretty much leapt off page 1 of the December 11 decision. As our favorite Red Sox announcer would say, "Had 'em all the way!"

So maybe travelers won't be seeing five 450' turbines as they pass Bangor on the interstate. Maybe life will return to normal for the many Clifton residents who have had to deal w/this struggle for 4 years. Or maybe the town government will continue to try to give the developer a free pass. But if they do, they'll know the costs for Clifton will only mount, and they'll know that it's not true that city hall is unbeatable. Clifton has spent over $75,000 and has nothing but a fighting-town to show for it. (We used to be a get-along town.)

Thanks everybody for your support to us and all the other battles in Maine. Stay tuned as our next game becomes a local political one.

peace, Pete and Julie

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Comment by Mike DiCenso on December 14, 2013 at 10:36pm

Congrats Pete and Julie. Your perseverance is a lesson. Good things can happen when you keep the pressure on.

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on December 12, 2013 at 10:24pm

Run the carpetbaggers off the land.

Comment by sally kaye on December 12, 2013 at 9:54pm

I'm writing from sunny Lana`i City, lunchtime today, a couple from Falmouth Massachusetts knocked on my gate (they saw my "no windmills" sign on the fence) to tell me that they had just won a round in Falmouth.  There are more of us each day. It amazes me how out of touch many are with this horrendous scam.  Please know many of us here in Hawaii follow your fight each post.  malama pono

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on December 12, 2013 at 2:44pm

This brings  joy , tears and  determination  to  our  hearts

Congratulation Peter  and Julie !

For  Maine and for social justice , cheers !!!


Comment by Art Lindgren on December 12, 2013 at 2:43pm

Would that we could all have as successful an outcome.  Slowly, all those who have been hoodwinked by the wind industry will start to admit they have been scammed.  Wishful thinking helps people "see truth" in the believable lie that wind energy will save the world from global warming.  None of us likes to be taken for a ride, so it's embarrassing to admit it when you have.  Understandably admission on a grand scale will take time, and your appeal is part of what convinces people they have been suckered.  Thank you both for your perseverance and congratulations for your win.

Art & Cheryl Lindgren



Comment by Michael Ross on December 12, 2013 at 1:04pm

Pete & Julie -  Heroic!  Savor the victory!  Then prepare for the next who knows what.

Comment by Gary Campbell on December 12, 2013 at 12:58pm

Outstanding work, Pete & Julie.  As Churchill said:

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

You did it. Hats off to you.

Comment by alice mckay barnett on December 12, 2013 at 8:18am

I am so happy for you.  Thank You for the diligence.

Comment by Art Brigades on December 12, 2013 at 12:57am


Comment by Brad Blake on December 12, 2013 at 12:55am

Pete & Julie--Congratulations!  Was there anything in the BDN about this?  If not, we should do a press release, but need to do so quickly before news outlets consider it "old news".

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."


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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 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?" 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.”

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