Caratunk residents UNANIMOUSLY approve new wind turbine ordinance with minimum 1.5 Mile setback

 

This adds to the election night shutout favoring wind ordinances across the state.  Statewide, it was 5-0 in favor of protective ordinances and moratoriums.

 

November 18 

Caratunk residents approve new wind turbine ordinance

By Erin Rhoda erhoda@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

 

CARATUNK -- Residents unanimously approved a wind development ordinance Wednesday night that restricts the placement of wind turbines to at least a mile and a half from a property line.

 

Eighteen people voted in favor of the ordinance after about 35 minutes of discussion.

The former rules mandated that wind turbines could be no less than four times the tower height or 1,000 feet -- whichever was greater -- from the nearest occupied building.

The new rules extend the setback to at least one-and-a-half miles from a property line.

Depending on the number of proposed turbines and their power, however, they could be placed even farther away, said Marie Beane, a Caratunk planning board member.

The ordinance lays out a formula that determines the specific setback for certain projects. The formula is based on the type of proposed turbines and their quantity.

The rules are restrictive, but there are still places in Caratunk where development could be possible, Beane said.

 

Erin Rhoda -- 612-2368

erhoda@centralmaine.com

http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/caratunk-residents-approve-new-w...

 

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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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