Crucial Wind Ordinance Vote in Greenwood

For more than a year, citizens in the western Maine town of Greenwood, home to scenic ponds and Mt. Abram Ski Resort, have worked on a serious revamping of their local wind ordinance.  Calpine wants to install 13 wind turbines at 590 ft in height along three mountain ridges that extend to the south of Mt. Abram.  

There will be a Special Town Meeting on Monday, August 6, 2018 at the American Legion Hall in Locke Mills, the major village in the Town of Greenwood.  This will be an up or down vote by the citizens of Greenwood, but like Lincoln Lakes, most of the property owners negatively affected by the wind turbines are not local residents.  The local residents have not only worked diligently on the ordinance, but have done an extensive information dissemination campaign to persuade voters to stop the Calpine threat in spite of the usual wind industry bribes of giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to the town, the local snowmobile club, etc.

If adopted by vote of the Special Town Meeting, the new ordinance will allow wind power with restrictions such as maximum height of 250 feet and strict property setbacks and noise limitations that will render a commercial scale project such as the one proposed by Calpine economically unfeasible.

Jake Zagata of Friends of Greenwood Mountains on left is visited by Brad Blake of Friends of Maine's Mountains as Jake staff an information display along busy Rte 26 in Greenwood village of Locke Mills.  Friends of Maine's Mountains, a state-wide advocacy group has been providing advice to the local group.

Friends of Greenwood Mountain has mailed this information flyer to all Greenwood residents urging a YES vote on August 6th.  As is so familiar with these heinous projects, the group shows the impact of huge industrial wind turbines on Twitchell Pond and the "Irish Neighborhood" of Greenwood.

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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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