Greenwood, ME sets Aug. 6 for wind vote

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Greenwood selectmen have set Aug. 6 for a special town meeting to decide on proposed amendments to the commercial wind farm section of the town ordinance.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Gore Road, next to the Town Office.

On July 9, more than 100 people turned out for a public hearing on the amendments, which would place much tighter restrictions on wind farms. One new provision — the height restriction on turbine towers — would effectively ban such projects.

Calpine Corp. is studying the viability of a 13-turbine “Long Mountain Wind Farm” project in the area of Long, Tibbetts and Elwell mountains, near Twitchell Pond. Prompted by the potential development, Greenwood’s Ordinance Review Committee has proposed the updates to the ordinance.

A key part of the new proposal includes a recommendation to limit the daytime audible decibel level to 35, and 25 decibels at night. The ORC also recommended limiting tower heights to 250 feet — as measured from the tower base to the highest point of any turbine rotor blade, at the highest arc of the blade — and establishing setbacks of 1 mile per 100 feet of tower height.

Calpine has said its wind facility would need towers that are more than 500 feet tall, and the project would likely utilize 600-foot towers.........................

Selectmen learned Tuesday that the Community Lakes Association, whose membership includes property owners from several Greenwood and Woodstock lakes, supports the amendments and opposes the project.

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Comment by arthur qwenk on July 24, 2018 at 10:52am

Ban them to death.

Comment by Stephen Littlefield on July 24, 2018 at 8:55am

Everyone needs to come to grips with the fact that once these pinwheel companies cut the tops off our mountains, they never grow back, we will never have that pristine view again! All for no benefit for the citizens of the state. Only higher cost through taxes and higher rates, not even dependable power!  And these monstrosities will never generate enough power to offset the energy it took to produce them, let alone the energy to erect them! So the only winners are out of state corporations that build and erect these useless entities through government subsidies(taxpayers money) and their investors. The state and it's citizens are losers!

Comment by Brad Blake on July 24, 2018 at 12:20am

May the organizers work hard to get the voters to come out and may they have the wisdom to vote in the revisions to the local wind ordinance!  If it passes, there is no way Calpine or any other wind thieves will ever build a commercial scale wind project in this beautiful area.

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