Google Earth has collected "street view" imagery for a high percentage of America and Europe's rural areas and most of that work has been done very recently so street view can be used to explore many existing wind farms.
Below are some screen shots of a 250 turbine wind farm near Zeewolde, Netherlands. The wind farm is old enough that GE imagery shows the turbine pads. To explore the wind farm go to Layers in Google Earth and turn on "street view". Then go to Gallery and turn… Continue
Added by Charlie on February 28, 2010 at 6:50pm —
This is a very important piece and is also posted in the NewsShare section of this website:
Added by Long Islander on February 28, 2010 at 9:08am —
Here's what you are going to get with wind turbines on the ridgelines. It will be equivalent to a rock band at each turbine site playing from a stage 400 feet above the ground, but these bands won't have much musical talent.
Added by Dan McKay on February 28, 2010 at 8:59am —
Well, Dan's post inspired me to share what is our experience here in Buckfield. The planning board proposed that a core group of members commit to meeting weekly in order to do the extensive work necessary to formulate a cohesive ordinance. We refer to the weekly meetings as "workshops" so that we aren't restricted in terms of quarum etc. We are not doing any official "voting" - instead formulating recommendations to take to the entire board for the voting.
The history here… Continue
Added by Stacey Scotia on February 27, 2010 at 5:34pm —
I attended the Dixfield wind ordinance committee meeting of Feb 26th to see how they were coming along:
Well, we might just as well have Patriots Renewables writing it. Skitbitsky and our code enforcement officer, Calvin Beaumier, are taking all the work done by Norine Clarke and Steve Donahue and re-framing the wording to essentially allow the wind farms on Colonel Holman. Initially, Norine and Steve proposed a one mile setback to adjacent property lines, as the town of Montville,… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on February 27, 2010 at 9:00am —
Maine Economic Growth Council cites energy costs as an obstacle to Maine’s economic growth…
Added by Long Islander on February 26, 2010 at 10:30pm —
In a unanimous vote today, the six person Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices said Rep. Jon Hinck, D-Portland, co-chairman of the legislative committee that deals with energy issues, does not have a conflict of interest in voting on legislation regarding wind power by virtue of the fact his wife, Juliet Browne, represents several wind power developers at the Verrill Dana law firm in Portland.
Here is information about… Continue
Added by Long Islander on February 25, 2010 at 9:35pm —
This long awaited section is brand new to the UMPI website (2/24/10) http://www.umpi.edu/wind
Although the $ 2 million turbine was commissioned nine months ago (see May 15, 2009 Bangor Daily News
Added by Long Islander on February 24, 2010 at 11:00pm —
Like sea slugs under the dank surface of Maine'… Continue
Added by Ron Huber on February 24, 2010 at 4:00pm —
The Nimby club is about to get a LOT larger because a Canadian developer has proposed to put 165 windmills on Lake St. Clair. This may be the first time in the US there is a proposal to put windmills in full view of a major metropolitian area and on water as precious to the locals as Nantucket Sound is to people on the east coast. (Where are those native american sunrise worshipers when you need them.)
Suppose the Canadian side of the lake is fully developed wiith turbines.… Continue
Added by Charlie on February 24, 2010 at 12:18pm —
Some math done for the Highland Plantation Project :
King states natural gas prices drive the cost of electrical generation. Since last September, natural gas prices have stayed between 4 to 6 dollars per mmbtus. At $6 per mmbtu, electrical generation by gas is priced at $45 per megawatt/hour. (from ISO-NE).
King states the project will cost 273 million dollars to bring to operational stage.
King states a name plate capacity of 128.6 Megawatts/hr
Assume a 30% actual… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on February 24, 2010 at 5:46am —
Who are these guys? Cape Wind, EMI, UPC, First Wind, IVPC?
Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:12 PM EST
Lots and lots of stuff here in this well sourced compilation. Does anyone want to start writing the screenplay?
A recommended read.
Here's a tiny excerpt:… Continue
Added by Long Islander on February 23, 2010 at 9:10pm —
You can read the whole Angus King opinion piece that was in today's Maine Sunday Telegram here:
In the piece, Mr. King names four "myths" and proceeds to debunk them. What is truly scary is that he presumably has people who could have helped him with this, yet his debunking is frankly an… Continue
Added by Long Islander on February 23, 2010 at 8:00pm —
...I was in the store and saw the Tuesday "Franklin Journal" (out of Farmington) was out. The headline? "Farmers Fighting Wind Power." I thought, "Oh, wow, great, more support." I then read the article and it was about farmers opposing the changes to the military fly-overs due to the potential impact they will have on their livestock. Just a copyediting blunder, but I had to laugh and wonder if perhaps more and more editors have wind on their minds.
By the way, the article was… Continue
Added by Lisa Lindsay on February 23, 2010 at 2:33pm —
"If everybody says that it totally makes no sense,…
Added by Ron Huber on February 23, 2010 at 12:09am —
How can anyone who has spent any time in Maine conjure up an idea of transforming the top of the state’s mountains into a place for giant industrial generators ?. This is embarrassing to us who have worked diligently to clean up our environment for the past 40 years. From this resolve, We have come to see our state for it’s beauty , shining forth through the lakes, streams, shorelines and, yes, our mountains too.
Is this the right course for Maine ? Do wind machines really fit here ? We… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on February 22, 2010 at 8:38pm —
Here linked and below is a list of members of the DeepCwind Consortium. The organization is about to roll out its website, but not quite yet…
Added by Ron Huber on February 22, 2010 at 2:30pm —
Mr. King, and his son Angus King III, are the best examples of scheming, subsidy pigs that Maine may have ever seen. They are one of the reasons that this country is going broke.
They never had the financial capacity to fund Independence Wind from the start. The only way they can try to make millions from it is to remove money from tax payers all over this state and country, with feckless wind power scheming. Ask Mr. King what his plans are for this Green Power? Do you think he really… Continue
Added by arthur qwenk on February 21, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Is Saddleback in Carthage the equivalent in raw beauty to such areas as the Grand Canyon or Glacier National Park? Of course not. I lived in Washington state and have traveled all around the country. I've camped in the national parks and climbed mountains that tower over Saddleback and I love those places. But when my friends from Seattle came to my wedding here, my father explained to them that while "their"… Continue
Added by Lisa Lindsay on February 20, 2010 at 6:30pm —
E. Adams of the Lewiston Sun Journal stated in a story today that;
"Because the land on which most of the project would be built is
privately owned and subject only to state regulations, Carthage
residents would not have a say in whether it could be built."
I sent her an email at email@example.com :
" your article states that the people of Carthage have no say regarding
the construction of wind farms in their town. May I point out to you
that a DEP… Continue
Added by Dan McKay on February 19, 2010 at 7:20pm —