Number Nine Wind Farm LLC Application To DEP Withdrawn

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Number Nine Wind Farm

Number Nine Wind Farm, LLC proposes to construct a 119 turbine utility scale wind energy facility with an installed capacity of 250 megawatts in Aroostook County. The turbines are primarily located in T10 R3 WELS; E Township; T9 R3 WELS; T8 R3 WELS; and Saint Croix Township.  The applicant is proposing 4 permanent and 4 temporary meteorogical towers, a collector substation in T9 R3 WELS; an Operations and Maintenance building in T9 R3 WELS; access roads; and 34.5 kilovolt (kv) overhead and underground electrical collection lines.  In addition, the applicant is proposing a 51.6 mile 345 kv generator lead line.

  • The applicant withdrew the application on November 21, 2016.
  • The application was accepted as complete for processing on September 3, 2015.

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 4, 2016 at 1:35pm

There’s also the infamous wind production tax credit, which first appeared in 1992 and that the industry assured Washington would only be necessary for a few years. 

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on December 4, 2016 at 5:52am
Fantastic news- this is the trend we need- -and for the others to shut down.
Comment by Brad Blake on December 3, 2016 at 11:52pm

Fantastic news!  We need to keep pressure on.  Though it has been a long, arduous fight against huge odds, there is less than a third of the Wind Law goal of installed capacity of wind power in Maine.  The volatility of economics and a President-elect who opposes wind power may bring further proposals to a screeching halt.

Comment by Jim Lutz on December 3, 2016 at 2:51pm

I certainly hope this is an effect of the last election.  We have at least four years to try and put and end to the madness.  Hope they can get the subsidies that were extended for six years last year to be eliminated now.  No free money, no phony "investments".  It's just that easy.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 3, 2016 at 1:28pm

[THOUGHTS]

I am told the Power Line Right of way (I don't know how much) proposed by MEPCO is still under way for future buildout. Since they did not have line capacity this time around, if we allow its needless construction and corporate control of yet more land, they will be ready, willing and able. 

Barring any changes in Rules, regulations or statute that Application is set to go and may only provide a very narrow window to request a hearing if allowed. 

With the DEP developing specific rules for Wind Energy, if complete by the next round the Permitting process may have a different look and a different style of battle. 

Comment by Mountain View on December 3, 2016 at 1:23pm

Could it be the Trump Effect?  Trump has no time for funding businesses which rely on the public trough instead of legitimately earned profits.   

Comment by Long Islander on December 3, 2016 at 12:59pm

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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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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