Peru select board to write LUPC regarding neighboring wind power project

Peru
Select board to write LUPC regarding neighboring wind power project

  River Valley -Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 9:35 pm

PERU — The Peru Board of Selectmen voted Monday night to send a letter to the state Land Use Planning Commission requesting it remove Milton Township from the state's list of areas for expedited permitting for wind power projects..

The decision followed a request from Peter Fetchko of Woodstock, who asked if selectmen were aware of the proposed project.

Two of the five said they had heard rumors or guessed a project was in the works.

EverPower Wind Holdings in Pittsburgh, Pa., has been working on the project for over two years, without consulting neighboring towns which might be impacted, Fetchko said. A Peru resident living near the town's border would be affected by other nearby wind projects which are not governed by the town's wind ordinance, he said.

Seventeen Milton voters signed a petition requesting the LUPC to conduct a substantive review examining whether the township could have its permitting process for wind power development reduced from expedited status to give more time to review the information, Fetchko said.

He asked the Peru board to support Milton Township residents and surrounding towns by writing to the commission by its June 29 deadline to request the project be removed from expedited status.

Parties representing EverPower at a June 21 meeting of the Oxford County commissioners said the company would abandon the project entirely if the permitting process was downgraded from an expedited status.

Witherell asked what the state's requirement was for distance between a wind turbine and a home.

Fetchko said the state has none, but it does have sound limits.

"The state has a very lax policy," Selectman Larry Snowman said.

Selectman Carol Roach asked Fetchko if he had a sample letter to use as a guide for writing to the LUPC, and he provided her with a copy of the letter from Woodstock selectmen.

The letter from Woodstock noted the board had recently learned of the proposed 12-turbine project.

Selectman Raquel Welch made a motion to send a letter to the LUPC and it was unanimously approved.

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Comment by Penny Gray on June 29, 2016 at 7:31pm

I assume you need to be a resident of one of these towns to comment?

Comment by Art Brigades on June 29, 2016 at 6:08pm

Just to be clear, the 6/29 deadline was for submissions that LUPC might consider in this case.  Public comment may be submitted before, during, and after the 8/10 public hearing.  The deadline for public comment is 8/22.  The adjacent towns of Peru, Woodstock and Rumford should have some sway here, because they all have protective wind ordinances.  For info on how to participate/submit comment, see here:

 http://www.maine.gov/dacf/lupc/projects/wind_expedited_area/windexp...

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on June 29, 2016 at 1:14pm

Now if they will follow through in a timely manner, unlike some that delay until it is to late.......... 

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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