First Wind is having an informational meeting at our town office on January 18th. I think my husband and I will be in the minority - NOT IN FAVOR - of towers being put up on Bower's Mtn., leased land from Bower's Mtn, LLC. Most people seen either not to care - or to be in support of them. The Town Clerk - is thrilled - it means an influx of cash and will help us offset the increasing taxes. Unfortunately - I have a feeling that a lot of people will agree with her, especially if FW begins… Continue
Regarding the straw proposals --- I forwarded the link to Lynne Williams, Esq. (she is also running as the green candidate for Governor). She is representing the 'Friends of Lincoln Lakes' and our group - 'Partnership for the Preservation of the Downeast Lakes Watershed' in this struggle against the onslaught of 'BIG WIND'. (See her reply below) She is going to go back and figure out where she got 2007 from -- but hopefully she's right and it's a dead issue.
Does anyone have more information regarding the nature of a DOC meeting in Augusta on 1/12/10 - comment deadline is 1/25/10. It appears to be a rule making meeting regarding Proposed 04-056 Chapter 3 "Designated scenic viewpoints ..... for consideration in the permitting of expedited wind energy development'. It was forwarded to me - so I am not sure where on the DOC page to find more info on it.
While perusing the DOC webpage - I came across a link to 'straw proposals' -- #3 is… Continue
Is there any thought about having a new poll done? By a more neutral pollster? I'm not sure if it would help stop these projects and realize that it might not work in our favor -- but surely it's got to be better than the '90% in favor' that the proponents keep throwing around.
Posted on December 22, 2009 at 10:03am — 3 Comments
Is the Tuesday meeting about expansion of the transmission lines? Geez between that and the meeting in Augusta on Sunday - you do have a busy weekend/week.
In 'my neck of the woods' - we are in the process of getting our acts together for the FW informational meeting - which has been postponed to Monday Feb 8th --- Phillip is going to see how large he can get some pictures with towers superimposed on them - blown up to take to the meeting - figure that might be the best way to get people to see what they'll be looking at (a picture is worth a 1000 words). And I'm trying to 'beef up' on TIF's - since I'm sure that FW will want one. See you Sunday in Augusta.
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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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(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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