Maine DEP To Hold First of Two Public Meetings On Proposed 18-Turbine Hancock Wind Project

Maine DEP To Hold First of Two Public Meetings On Proposed 18-Turbine Hancock Wind Project

March 21, 2013
Environmental Protection

Samantha Warren, Maine DEP Director of Communications, (207) 287-5842

-The meeting is one of two DEP is hosting to inform the public and invite comment on an 18-turbine wind farm being proposed in Hancock County by FirstWind-

AURORA – The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting on Thursday, March 28 to discuss an 18-turbine turbine wind farm proposed in Hancock County.

The meeting on FirstWind’s Hancock Wind proposal will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Airline Community School at 26 Great Pond Road in Aurora. Several DEP representatives will attend, including project manager Maria Eggett, as well as noise and visual consultants and contractors involved with the agency’s review of the project’s Site Law and Natural Resources Protection Act permit applications.

FirstWind is proposing to begin construction this year on the 54-megawatt wind power generation facility on Schoppe Ridge in T22 MD and an unnamed ridge in T16 MD with an operations and maintenance building in Aurora. In addition to the 512-foot tall turbines, the project includes two 344-foot meteorological towers.

The power generated would flow to an expanded substation at the company’s nearby 19-turbine Bull Hill Wind Project.

DEP will take the comments voiced at the public meeting into consideration as its review moves forward and return to the region for a second public meeting before a final decision is issued, likely this summer.

All proposed grid scale wind projects brought before DEP are now subject to two public meetings as part of a new internal review process established by Commissioner Patricia W. Aho and the LePage Administration to improve transparency and increase inclusivity. Prior to the process being enacted at DEP in late 2011, only one public meeting was held.

For more information about the proposed Hancock Wind project and DEP’s review, please contact DEP project manager Maria Eggett at hancockwindproject.dep@maine.gov or go to www.maine.gov/dep/land/ and click “Selected Site Law Developments” to view the application and related documents.

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Comment by Penny Gray on March 21, 2013 at 6:00pm

It's like a tsunami.  The only way to stop it is to change the expedited wind law.

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/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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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