Today is last chance to send your comments to Gov's Maine State Wind Commission

If you've not done so already, please email a comment to Governor LePage's wind commission. Today, August 15, is the last day.

Governor Seeks Public Input on the Impact of Wind Development on Western and Coastal Maine  

Augusta, Maine - Governor Paul R. LePage is seeking input from communities, organizations and citizens of the State of Maine regarding the economic impact of potential wind turbines and expedited permitting on the scenic vistas and pristine waterways of Western Maine, as well as on the coast and coastal islands and on the state’s significant avian migratory pathways.

“We want to determine if we truly get more economic benefit than we give up when we site a massive wind turbine in Maine,” stated Governor LePage. “Once a turbine is sited, it is there for a long, long time.  The potential impact on our tourism industry and our citizens is considerable, and the potential impact is likely irreversible.  We want to hear from our neighbors and fellow citizens whose lives are most directly affected by the siting of these turbines.”

The Governor has created the Wind Energy Advisory Commission to study the economic impact of potential wind turbines in certain areas; to assess the economic impact of expedited permitting rules and procedures; and to assess and develop recommendations in a written report.  Comments may be submitted via email to Wind.Commission@maine.gov until August 15, 2018.

Maine State Wind Commission seeks comments

For Immediate Release:  Thursday, June 14, 2018
Contact:  Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

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Comment by Stephen Littlefield on Wednesday

This is what I sent to  the commission!

To the Wind Commission'
       The debacle of wind energy is a terrible burden for the taxpayers, with inconsistent energy production and prohibitive cost to produce what little energy it generates. The cost is ridiculous, just the energy to produce the wind mill is more than any of them will ever produce, and the destruction of mountain tops is a travesty! With access roads cut into the mountains and  more damage to the mountain and forestry for transmission lines. Just where is the value? With the hundreds of millions  spent on these we could now be independent with the new age hydro-electric turbines on many of our rivers. Hydro as Canada knows is consistent and dependable! It's time to stop this ridiculous defiling of our natural assets for little to no return! This is environmental insanity that impacts all that live close with sound and sight impact, leaving many with no value on their home and depressive psychological issues! All to pacify a fake environmental industry that exists only for the taxpayer money. Put the money into the new hydro turbines that sit on the bottom of the rivers, so are even Maine designed!
 
       Stephen Littlefield
       117 Katie Lane
       Topsham, Me 04086     
  • Guess I kind of aligned mine with Frank Heller! Hadn't read his until after I sent mine, so I guess that people that live by facts tend to think alike!
Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on Wednesday
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Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on Wednesday

As someone who has spent over half a decade assessing potential residential hydropower sites and working with over 75 owners to complete the 20+ item hydropower permit application, and the requirements of 11 State Agencies, as well as the daunting prospect of a public hearing; I have looked with envy at how large and small wind/solar farms have escaped having to assess the environmental impact of their proposals.

 

I have seen mounting evidence that the overall impact of a wind farm on the surrounding environment, ranging from access roads, to storm drain runoff, to the huge loss of CO2 conversion by forests cut down for the turbine pad and especially the transmission line R.O.W.; and even the destruction of rare bird and bee species.

 

I have also watched the reasons for this preferential treatment disappear under the hidden costs of these farms, whether scenic impact on the value of ‘viewlines’, or cost of backup power grids or the growing maintenance liability and finally, the threat of fire in dry remote forests.

 

It is time to level the playing field and have a set of energy producing regulations which cover every modality; or succumb to having a complete environmental assessment for every direct and indirect impact of a proposed wind farm.

 

Frank J. Heller, MPA

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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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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