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The Town of Kittery Looks To Remove Defunct Wind Turbine

In 2008, the beginning of our twisted love affair with wind turbines, The town of Kittery voted to add a new turbine on their landfill and were promised that it would save them $8,000 a year in energy costs. It cost them $185,000 to install it and within a year found that it only produced about 16% of what was promised. They investigated many options for repair or removal, and spent another $15,000. 

It has been standing there useless for almost ten years, and the initial installer is now bankrupt . . . heard this story before? . . . and no one wanted to tear it down for scrap, so now they are going to have to pay for it themselves. 

This is what we are going to face 10 years down the road when the towers on our mountains are deemed useless and have to be torn down. we will have to bite the bullet and pay for them because they have changed hands so often, there is most likely no money left to decommission.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180601/kittery-looks-to-remove...

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Comment by Long Islander on June 7, 2018 at 3:28pm

Doesn't Kurt Adams' family owns the Kittery Trading Post?

Comment by Brian Ruth on June 6, 2018 at 3:19pm

Maybe Kurt Adams would be interested in taking it off Kittery's hands.

Comment by Marshall Rosenthal on June 6, 2018 at 11:57am

...and all the King's horses, and all the King's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

The King Canute's of human-caused climate change are polishing up their resumes. Perhaps they will find more productive work.

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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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