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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Good question and there are other good questions that need to be answered.
“ Do the voters of Carthage support the opportunity to learn, question and decide upon their future through enactment of a time-out period ( a moratorium ) ? “
Thank you for taking the time to read this
From one who believes the people have the right to
“Do the voters of Carthage support the opportunity to develop local renewable energy including wind in order to create jobs, increase tax revenue and provide clean energy.”
Now, who would vote negatively to that statement ? But is there more to wind projects not revealed in this statement and, if there is, shouldn’t you have the opportunity to learn, question and decide ?
Why are so many towns enacting moratoriums on wind power development ? What is a moratorium ?
A moratorium creates a six month time-out period , designed to allow people a chance to ponder the recourse a proposed project will have on their way of life as well as their neighbor’s way of life. The proposed project is not allowed to proceed into the construction phase during this period of time.
Some towns use this time to arrange forums, bringing in speakers to help people understand both sides ( the good and the bad points of wind projects ).
Some towns put together a ordinance committee to develop regulations with intent to ensure that the health and welfare of the community is not infringed upon by the project.
Some towns will do both and some will do one or the other. Sometimes, the moratorium is established before a project has been proposed, and sometimes after proposal. Often times, moratoriums are extended when resolutions by the people have not be reached.
The important thing is that a moratorium puts you, the people, in charge. Not the state and not the developer.
The project in Carthage is probably 8 to 10 months from beginning of construction providing the state grants the developers a permit.
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jalbrecht1 makes a good point about citizen's feelings towards other citizens. Advocating for these wind turbines knowing fellow citizens within the community will suffer would do irrepairable damage to community spirit. Wondering if others in Dixfield felt the same, my father-in-law and I approached nearly half the residents living on our road, which, by the way would be immune to the visual and noise effects of putting these wind machines atop Colonel Holman:
DO YOU OPPOSE WIND TURBINES ON COLONEL HOLMAN MOUNTAIN?
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
As fellow citizens of Dixfield, we strongly support you and your desire
to prevent the wind turbines from appearing atop Colonel Holman
Monday night at 6pm, September 28, at the Ludden Library, our first
public hearing concerning wind towers will be held, and not a moment
As the town of Byron has proved, the earliest stages of the wind
company's proposal is the time to stop them. They were loud and they
were emphatic and they were heard clearly NO WIND!!!!
If we open the door for wind towers on Colonel Holman Mountain, we
open the door to Holman Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain.
If you are undecided, come to this hearing and listen to fellow citizens as
they reveal the real facts about wind and wind companies.
15 of 15 people signed on agreeing with this statement.
I thought you might like to know this.