LURC to discuss public comments on changes to expedited wind development permitting

February 23, 2012


EXCLUSIVE: LURC to discuss public comments on changes to expedited wind development permitting
At its March 2 meeting, the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission will discuss public comments received on proposed revisions to LURC's application review process for expedited wind energy developments. The wind power discussion is scheduled for the afternoon session of the LURC meeting, which is being held in Jackman.

According to a staff summary, the comments can be "divided into (1) those that were supportive of the suggested changes to the process and offered additional changes; (2) those that were opposed to the proposed changes but suggested other changes to potentially accomplish the Commission’s goal; and (3) those that were opposed to the staff proposal because it possibly eliminated from the process the public hearing component, which they believe to be essential to provide for citizen input and a thorough review of wind energy projects."


Links:
http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/attach.php?id=322405&an=1
http://www.maine.gov/doc/lurc/agenda_attach/030212/1_ExpWindProcess...
http://www.maine.gov/doc/lurc/agenda_attach/030212/ExpWindProcessCh...


Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 (Archive on Thursday, March 15, 2012)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre 


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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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