Chris Jackson in BDN: No wind development on Passadumkeag Mountain

No wind development on Passadumkeag Mountain

Posted March 19, 2013, at 3:50 p.m.

On Thursday, March 21, the Board of Environmental Protection will consider whether to uphold a 2012 Department of Environmental Protection denial of an industrial-scale wind development on top of scenic Passadumkeag Mountain. The denial was based on the department’s determination that the scenic impact of the project would be unreasonably adverse. The DEP deserves credit for applying this standard in law, and the BEP should uphold this decision.

In his March 18 OpEd in the BDN, “Let Turbines Stand on Passadumkeag Mountain,” Jackson Parker says that the DEP decision “threatens to undermine Maine’s attractiveness for investors.” That may be true for a small handful of companies with a financial stake in industrial wind development, such as Reed & Reed. For thousands of other Mainers, however, the decision represents hope that our state regulators are appropriately applying the standards in law....

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Comment by Long Islander on March 21, 2013 at 3:18pm
Posted March 20, 2013, at 2:32 p.m.

Whose Maine will be preserved?

In a BDN OpEd piece on March 19, Jackson Parker, CEO of Reed & Reed, claimed that a decision by the Department of Environmental Protection to exclude wind turbines from Passadumkeag Mountain “threatens to undermine Maine’s attractiveness for investors.”

There is another kind of “investor” who comes to Maine, and this one spends a lot of money to see our scenery, not wind turbines: tourists. Whose Maine will be preserved?

The Maine Office of Tourism reported that in the summer of 2012, Maine had an estimated 9.6 million overnight visitors and 13.8 million day visitors. In winter of 2012, there were 2.9 million overnight visitors.

Maine’s “beautiful scenery” was the top reason all visitors came to Maine. In 2006, the state commissioned the Brookings Institute to create an action plan for promoting our sustainable prosperity and quality of places.

The report, “Charting Maine’s Future,” states: “As the search for quality places grows in importance, Maine possesses a globally known ‘brand’ built on images of livable communities, stunning scenery, and great recreational opportunities.”

The DEP has shown not only leadership but stewardship for our scenery by denying the Passadumkeag wind project. Hopefully, on March 21, the Board of Environmental Protection will exhibit the same stewardship for Maine’s economic driver, our scenery, and support the DEP decision.

Paula Moore

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http://bangordailynews.com/2013/03/20/opinion/thursday-march-21-201...

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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