Peru Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Wind Moratorium

Update on 11/14/11 - Peru Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Wind Moratorium

The voting results for the 180-day moratorium in Peru have been obtained by a resident of Peru who called the Peru Town Office and specifically asked about the final count and was told 466-129 in favor of a moratorium.

 

This adds to the election night shutout favoring wind ordinances across the state.

 

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Comment by Dan McKay on November 15, 2011 at 5:08am

Wednesday night November 16, Peru Wind Ordinance Committee meets to discuss moratorium and where to go with an ordinance.  A chance for us to advocate for an open forum of information exchange as was conducted during Rumford's wind workshops. If you were one who voted yes to the Rumford Wind Ordinance, a simple statement to your reasoning will be great assistance to this committee. 

Comment by Brad Blake on November 14, 2011 at 10:38pm

This is great news!  Screw you, Patriot Renewables!  This is a town you won't get your damned turbines into in the River-Valley region!  Shameful that there was no reporting on this important vote by any media.  Yet another example of media complacency that the wind industry relies on.

Comment by Penny Gray on November 14, 2011 at 5:40pm

Good job, Peru!  Draft a wind ordinance that protects your residents!!!

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (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  http://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?"  http://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.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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