Maine's commerce was founded on water power.
In 1821, there were 1,400 active water mills running all kinds of
enterprises....one saw mill on the Kennebec may have created the first
pre-fab house----those square FEDERAL style homes up and down the
Kennebec were shipped by barge from this sawmill; on Vinalhaven there
was the world's largest granite polishing mill, turning out many of the
columns for New York, Philadelphia' and Boston's banks and public
There are several books and an MCPB video at
which is a partial chronicle of the role of these sites.
There may be several thousand worthy sites in Maine.
I and a few others are actively pursuing various smal land micro hydro
ventures at a number of them. I've got several power point
presentations on the topic and had them video taped by MPBN.
I too am somewhat suspicious of the takeover of wind power by large corporations....and all their vulnerabilities.
One wonders whether it was the subsidies and rate differentials which ushered in these corporate 'raiders' and whether all the GREEN 'fervor' wasn't just clever marketing ploys to a gullible media and public to build momentum for the subsidies and set asides.
There is a lot of energy getting landfilled and run through sewerage treatment plants....I've read Maine leads the nation in Fuel oil consumption....why not start generating bio-gas and using it for heating and running clean electric generators?
The state's wiring is all wrong for Wind...transmission lines run to and from Wiscasset because of Maine Yankee; other lines run from WYMAN dam and older hydro installations. Wind will require a new set of HV lines, ROW, switches, etc.
No emphasis on installing individual wind turbines where appropriate on Islands, shores and high points, but the payback and inconsistency is still a downside. Island power is expensive, and there are some islands--Cranberry comes to mind, where home owners have installed solar and wind. Monhegan has many solar PV installations....small, but useful. Now a huge wind turbine on the hill!