Overall, this is a continuation of the original bias in favor of Wind farming; a catalogue of all the wonderful benefits it will bring. This bias MUST END NOW!  So here are my modifications:

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6. Tangible Benefits.  An applicant must demonstrate that a proposed wind energy development will establish environmental and economic improvements or benefits to the citizens of Maine attributable to the construction, operation, and maintenance of the proposed development.  The evidence submitted in support of this demonstration shall include, but is not limited to, the following.

 ….this is a one-sided, and potentially biased,  inclusion of what has been documented to be significant ‘costs’ of a wind energy development. They include:

  • Loss of bio-mass for the turbine pad(s) and transmission lines.
  • Loss of carbon uptake and in turn carbon credits for replacing fossil fueled energy generation with a renewable source.
  • Loss of water quality from surface water no long detoxified by tree root systems.
  • Loss of water normally going into the aquifer and now shed into drainage conduits.
  • Loss of rare and endangered birds and insects.
  • Loss of oxygen from decreased photosynthesis.
  • Loss of habitat for small mammals and birds.
  • Loss of other improvements in AIR QUALITY like trapping particulate matter.
  • Tempering acid rainfall, which went it becomes run off increases ocean acidification.
  • Damage to habitat surrounding transmission lines from annual herbicide sprayings.

A. The estimated number of both part-time and full-time jobs to be created statewide and in the host community or communities and affected neighboring communities as a result of the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed wind energy development.  This shall include estimates of the numbers of both permanent and temporary construction-related jobs, and operations and maintenance jobs; and the number of both part-time and full-time jobs in

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construction, operations and maintenance activities to be filled by trained, qualified and licensed workers pursuant to 32 M.R.S. §1101 et seq. and other applicable laws.

 

B. The estimated annual generation of electricity from wind energy by operation of the proposed wind energy development and the projected impact on electrical rates in the host community or communities.  The estimated annual generation of electricity shall be calculated including consideration of the estimated capacity factor for the proposed project, site-specific wind projections, any proposed curtailment measures, and curtailment anticipated to be imposed by the grid operator.

  • An annual curve that measures daily fluctuations in generating output is essential to measuring the impact on the design of the grid to accommodate output and to supply power when the wind is no longer blowing or the turbines shut down.

 

C. The anticipated property tax payments from the project and the projected impact on property tax rates in the host community or communities.

  • The decline in the value of real estate sold is a critical factor, since for scenic areas the value of a view can be as much as 30% of the selling price. Property sold during construction and completion must have the comparison between the asking price and the selling price computed and the property tax lost calculated.

 

D. Evidence of a power purchase agreement or other evidence demonstrating the intended sale or use of the electrical energy by a person other than the generator for the anticipated life of the project. 

 

E. The projected effect on electrical rates for residents of Maine directly attributable to and expected from the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed wind energy development.

  • The methodology for computing these savings must be developed and approved by the P.U.C.

 F. If land or natural resource conservation is proposed as part of a Community Benefits Package, a plan for the proposed conservation.

  • The land or natural resource conservation offset must include an environmental impact statement using current D.E.P. standards and guidelines, along with an iFORE assessment.

 

G. The estimated type and amount of local purchases of materials and services anticipated from the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed wind energy development.

  • Local is defined as the town in which the development is located. The total amount of materials and services from which local purchases are subtracted must also be calculated.

 

H. A plan for annual post-construction reporting to the Department of specific tangible benefits realized from the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed wind energy development.

  • Post-construction costs and liabilities shall be incorporated into this compilation to make it fair and unbiased.

 

I. Any other tangible benefits to be provided by the proposed wind energy development.

 

J. The community benefits package in accordance with 35-A M.R.S. §3454(2). 

  • A community loss of environmental quality, climate change mitigation and property tax losses shall accompany the benefits package.

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Comment by Jim Wiegand on December 17, 2017 at 2:00pm

The value of a view can be as much as 500%-1000% of the selling price.  In Hawaii a beach front property can be sold for several million yet a block away with no view, properties that still have beach access will sell for a fraction of the price.

Comment by Dan McKay on December 17, 2017 at 12:23pm

Even though the new draft rules are not going to shatter any wind developer plans, the Department is recognizing some important issues within the narrow regulatory framework assigned to them by a political charged legislature. Commending the Department for proposing the changes they are considering will go a long ways to fortifying the position that wind laws as they stand now are very weak and indicates appreciation of their efforts.
I don't know if the Department can initiate bill requests to the incoming legislature, but I can assure I would back the conclusion and recommendation statement as follows from: http://www.ppdlw.org/articles/wind_power_task_force_rpt_final_02140...

Attachment I.  DEP Standards on Noise and Shadow Flicker at Wind Power Projects
 
January 10, 2008 To:  David Littell, Commissioner
From:  Andrew Fisk, Bureau Director, Land & Water Quality Re:  DEP standards on noise and shadow flicker at windpower projects

Conclusions & recommendations :

™ Noise generated from wind turbines does have attributes that warrant particular focus in the review of projects, including the low-frequency modulating noises generated as turbine blades pass by towers.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 17, 2017 at 11:59am

Alabama Wind Energy Info is often Citing our posts to their members on FaceBook, so there are many others that may be viewing and gathering information. --- Good Point Gary Campbell. 

Comment by Jim Wiegand on December 17, 2017 at 11:45am

In one sentence here is what's missing in Maine and elsewhere............There is  lack of wind industry regulation being driven by a complete lack of ethics and science.                                                                                                                                                          In other words you are preaching to a leadership of sellout dirtbags.

Comment by Gary Campbell on December 17, 2017 at 10:27am

Very good work, Frank. But you must consider that by posting your comments here, in this public forum, the wind promoters and their lawyers can and will read them and will address these issues in their own submissions to DEP.

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on November 19, 2017 at 10:52am

The struggle in Maine over the lack of real regulation over wind farms and the D.E.P. bias in favor of continuing to build and promote them, coincides with the praised effort of the TRUMP administration to reform the Federal regulatory apparatus.

An excellent in yesterday's Wall Street Journal highlights the reforms so far and describes how the Obama administration of E.P.A. enabled 'mission creep' and corrupted traditional tools like Cost/Benefit analysis. Apparently, this was passed down through Maine's Democratic representatives and Sen. King into D.E.P. policy making.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-vs-the-deep-regulatory-state-151...

Comment by Penny Gray on November 18, 2017 at 2:03pm

Thank you, Frank Heller.

Comment by Dan McKay on November 18, 2017 at 9:04am

Excellent points, Frank J. Heller. I sense the DEP is asking if what these huge machines are doing to our Good Earth is really Good for our Earth, Good for our human and wildlife experiences Good for our statewide and personal economics, Good for the ultimate work in store when this fad passes and leaves " junk on the mountains"  

Comment by Frank J. Heller, MPA on November 17, 2017 at 11:22am

CORRECTION:

change " ….this is a one-sided, and potentially biased,  inclusion of what has been documented to be significant ‘costs’ of a wind energy development. They include: 

to " ….Included should be what has been documented to be significant ‘costs’ of a wind energy development.

They include:

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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