Peru board to discuss wind tower survey Aug. 30

Peru board to discuss wind tower survey Aug. 30

Published on Thursday, Aug 25, 2011 at 12:12 am | Last updated on Thursday, Aug 25, 2011 at 12:12 am

PERU — The Planning Board will review results of the wind tower survey and discuss how to proceed at its meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the voting room at the town office.

In February, following a lengthy discussion with eight Wind Committee members and the Planning Board, selectmen voted to mail surveys on wind power to taxpayers with the July tax bills.

Because the issue is such a turbulent topic for Maine towns, selectmen sought the opinion of residents before deciding whether to draft a proposed ordinance.

Survey option 1 asked if Peru should regulate commercial wind development by zoning the town to effectively ban such projects.

Option 2 asked if the town should develop an ordinance that's stricter than existing state regulations by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, but not necessarily ban such development.

The third option asked if Peru should just let Maine DEP regulations govern wind development.

According to the surveys, 77 forms were returned to the town office with Option 1 checked, 54 forms received had Option 2 checked, and 40 forms indicated the third option.

Of the first option, 45 people perceived no benefits from commercial wind development. As for drawbacks indicated, visual looks had 34 checks, and noise, 25.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

 

http://www.sunjournal.com/river-valley/story/1078269

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Comment by Dan McKay on August 28, 2011 at 9:50am

Hopefully the Peru Planning Board will follow neighboring Sumner's approach to regulations where it appears the following can be said :

 

The Sumner Wind Committee has accepted the obligation to write a clear, understandable document that the citizens can feel assured will provide them with the comfort of knowing currently known impacts from wind turbines will be addressed by developer and town officials, well before they have to face the troubles of going through the expense and headaches of proving later that turbine noise, shadow flicker and property value expectations have compromised their rights.
The committee further has accepted the obligation to allow the citizens a chose on allowing/disallowing industrial wind development by writing a document to which all developers will say is impossible to comply with, thus the citizen has the say to "yes" or "no" . That's how democracy works.
Long live these wonderful small communities of the Western Maine Mountain Region and their courage to stand up against the overreaching, imposing power of the State when the State makes the mistake of not looking into unforeseen circumstances before providing laws on everyone.

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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