Spanish based Iberdrola, the parent company of Central Maine Power Co. is also, through Iberdrola Renewables, developing wind power sites. It wants to destroy Fletcher Mt. in the mountains around Lexington, Concord and Pleasant Ridge Plantations with a project to be known as West Range Wind.
The staff of Maine's Public Utilities Commission is recommending against allowing Iberdrola to purchase a transmission right of way from Brookfield Hydro that would provide the line from the remote wind site to the grid. Of interest to us is observing how the PUC acts on this, the first wind power related issue to come before the PUC as it is currently constituted. Let's hope that a PUC decision to uphold the staff recommendation will be a harbinger of new focus on fair decisions based on fact and public interest--after all, it is the PUBLIC Utilities Commission, not the wind power favoritism commission that it has been since the Baldacci years.
The article in the Bangor Daily News is at this link. Please go on line and post comments. http://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/13/news/state/puc-staff-cmp-shou...
The group fighting this devastating project are the Friends of the Highland Mountains: http://highlandmts.org/
A map from the Friends of the Highland Mountains website shows the proposed wind turbines. Click here to view: http://highlandmts.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WRW_prelim_USGS.pdf