Commissioners divided on Hancock Wind settlement

Hancock owner Novatus is of course the company which employs former EUT co-chair Stacey Fitts who helped kill about a dozen citizen initiated wind bills in the EUT committee. See:

Additionally, former Baldacci chief counsel and PUC Chair Kurt Adams, who according to the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, received over $1 million in stock options from First Wind while he was still at the PUC, is on Novatus' board of directors. See:

and also,

August 7, 2019 by Jennifer Osborn

ELLSWORTH – In a split vote Tuesday, the Hancock County Commissioners agreed to settle with Hancock Wind over the amount of community benefit funds the wind farm has been issuing to the county.

Commissioners Bill Clark and John Wombacher voted in favor of the agreement. Chairman Antonio Blasi voted against.

Community benefit funds, which are required by Maine law, are an annual payment the company makes to Hancock County for the public good based on the wind farm’s revenues.

Hancock Wind is in Township 16 and Township 22 (located east of Eastbrook and Osborn, respectively).

The board signed a community benefit agreement with Hancock Wind in 2014.

In 2017, Hancock Wind sent the full amount of the agreed upon payment, $207,738. However, that year the wind farm asked for a reimbursement of part of the funds, according to Unorganized Territory Supervisor Millard Billings. The county denied the request.

2018 was the first year the wind farm sent less money than expected, Billing said.

That annual payment in 2018 was $18,873 less than what Hancock County thought Hancock Wind owed, said County Administrator Scott Adkins.

The agreement between Hancock County and Hancock Wind that was approved this week was reached through mediation and states the parties agree to an annual community benefit fund payment of $188,853.

At issue is a disparity in the “rating generating capacity” of the wind farm, Adkins stated in a press release. The wind farm is producing less power than originally anticipated.

Hancock Wind issued lower community benefit payments to the county based on the farm’s lower megawatt rating generating capacity.

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Comment by Brad Blake on August 11, 2019 at 11:17pm

"The wind farm is producing less power than originally anticipated."  Well, I'll be gobsmacked!  I was right all along!  The wind industry lies catch up with them and still the corrupt commissioners give in to them.

Comment by Art Brigades on August 9, 2019 at 9:51pm

Generating capacity is generating capacity.  It isn't funjible.  A 2000 square foot home is a 2000 square foot home.

Comment by Penny Gray on August 9, 2019 at 2:02pm

Guess all the wind developers could play that game, given the difference between nameplate capacity and actual capacity.  


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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 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?" 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.”

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