5 Days to Protect Maine's Scenery and Tranquility

Comment deadline: August 8, 2016

Please send comments in writing to Mark Margerum at:

Email: mark.t.margerum@maine.gov

Maine Department of Environmental Protection
17 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0017

Phone: 207-287-7842
Fax: 207-287-7191

Opportunity for Comment

Pre-rulemaking Draft of Wind Energy Act Standards for Scenic Character, Shadow Flicker, Public Safety, Tangible Benefits, and Decommissioning

Comment deadline: August 8, 2016

The Department of Environmental Protection is seeking comments on a pre-rulemaking draft of a rule that will address certain standards in the Wind Energy Act which are not otherwise addressed in current rules. This will be a new rule, and the Department would like the benefit of input from the many experts and interested parties with knowledge of these issues prior to issuing a formal draft and commencing the rulemaking process later this year.

The draft rule will be pursuant to the rulemaking authority established in Public Law 2007, Chapter 661, Section E-2, and will address scenic character, shadow flicker, public safety, tangible benefits, and decommissioning. The draft rule will not address best practical mitigation measures, as this will be the subject of a future rulemaking pursuant to 35-A MRSA § 3459.

http://www.maine.gov/dep/comment/comment.html?id=696084

A copy can be downloaded at the above link or by clicking WindEnergyPreRulemakingDraft.pdf

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Comment by Gary Campbell on August 4, 2016 at 9:14am

My comments will go out today! This is a rare opportunity for those among us who value Maine's scenic treasures. C'mon people... read the document and let DEP know they're on the right track but even MORE can be done.

Comment by Penny Gray on August 3, 2016 at 7:52pm

I'm almost done...the challenge is keeping it brief.

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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