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: http://www.windtaskforce.org/photo/abstain-for-maine
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: https://www.novatusenergy.com/who-we-are/
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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