Wind farms awarded stimulus grants before program started

About $706 million in federal stimulus money went to wind farms that were completed before President Obama was inaugurated, according to a new story by The Investigative Reporting Workshop. A total of $1.3 billion went to 19 farms finished before the first dime of stimulus grant money for renewable energy was ever handed out. Above: the 19 projects in question, click on the dots to reveal information about each wind farm, or zoom in and switch to "satellite" mode to view the wind farms from above (not all are visible); below: a sortable chart of the details of each farm, including the date Federal Aviation Administration records indicate the final tower on each project was built.

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Name Owner (Country) Stimulus amount Capacity (MW) Complete date (FAA) Grant date
Canandaigua Power Partners, LLC II First Wind (United States) $18,606,240 37.5 05/13/08 09/21/09
Canandaigua Power Partners, LLC I First Wind (United States) $43,230,600 87.5 05/20/08 09/01/09
Stetson Wind First Wind (United States) $40,441,471 57 07/16/08 09/21/09
Barton Chapel Wind, LLC Iberdrola Renewables (Spain) $72,573,627 120 08/13/08 09/01/09
Dry Lake Wind Power LLC Iberdrola Renewables (Spain) $31,345,799 63 10/24/08 11/20/09
Bull Creek Wind LLC Eurus (Japan) $91,390,497 180 11/07/08 09/01/09
Wheat Field Wind Power Project LLC Horizon-EDPR (Portugal) $47,717,155 96.6 11/10/08 09/01/09
Pebble Springs Wind LLC Iberdrola Renewables (Spain) $46,543,219 98.7 11/25/08 09/01/09
Barton Wind Iberdrola Renewables (Spain) $93,419,883 160 12/05/08 09/21/09
Pyron E.On Climate and Renewables (Germany) $121,903,306 249 12/11/08 09/01/09
Moraine II Iberdrola Renewables (Spain) $40,586,832 49.5 12/16/08 09/01/09
Locust Ridge II, LLC Iberdrola Renewables (Spain) $59,162,064 102 01/01/09 09/21/09
Penascal Wind Power LLC Iberdrola Renewables (Spain) $114,071,646 201.6 02/24/09 12/04/09
EcoGrove Wind LLC Acciona Energy (Spain) $67,868,807 100.5 03/18/09 11/20/09
Rail Splitter Wind Farm, LLC Horizon-EDPR (Portugal) $61,447,344 100.5 03/26/09 12/23/09
Farmers City Wind, LLC Iberdrola Renewables (Spain) $84,959,857 120 04/01/09 11/20/09
Sunray Wind LLC Valero (United States) $26,246,825 39 04/28/09 11/20/09
Gulf Wind Babcock & Brown (Australia) $178,004,264 283.2 05/20/09 11/20/09
Northern Colorado Wind Energy, LLC NextEra (United States) $99,900,326 173.2 08/14/09 09/01/09

Sources: Federal Aviation Administration (7460-1 Obstruction Evaluation, Airport Airspace Analysis), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Electric Quarterly Reports), American Wind Energy Association (U.S. Wind Energy Projects)

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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."

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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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