Feds consider compensating fishermen for wind energy effects on harvests

by Fred Bever, Maine Public July 29, 2021

The Mills administration is partnering with a commercial wind energy company, New England Aqua Ventus, to seek a lease of 16-square miles of federal waters south of for a wind farm of up to 12 wind turbines tens of miles south of Bremen, with a goal of researching novel “floating platform” technology and its effects on ecosystems and fisheries.

“It’s positive that the Biden Administration is examining these questions, and we look forward to learning more about their thinking,” a project spokesperson, David Wilby, said. “While the process in Maine has already benefited from many participating voices — which is why the preferred site for the Research Array is as far from shore as it is — a standardized federal program for compensation holds promise.”

As the Biden administration and Gov. Janet Mills push the development of offshore wind energy projects, new efforts are emerging to look at compensation for commercial fishermen whose harvests might be hurt.

Last month, the governors of nine Atlantic coast states, from Maine to Virginia, called on Biden to lead a regional approach to offshore wind development, including a plan for mitigating negative effects on fisheries.

In a later meeting with regional fisheries managers first reported by Reuters, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management biologist Brian Hooker said potential compensation policies were under review.

“BOEM’s role in fisheries mitigation, writ large, including compensatory mitigation, is something we’re taking a very serious look at,” Hooker said.

Representatives for fishermen in Maine and elsewhere said they haven’t been included in any recent state or federal efforts to consider compensation policies — and they want a seat at the table.

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Comment by Art Brigades on August 1, 2021 at 1:49pm

Federal money to compensate impacted fishermen?

What about all the camp owners, sportsmen, outdoors tourism businesses in rural Maine that were impacted by mountaintop wind?  It was government mandated development, so why not government compensation too?

Comment by Kenneth Capron on July 31, 2021 at 11:05pm

I'm working with magnets. We can develop a shore based rail gun and use the windmills like an arcade game.

The Good News is that the greenies are losing ground in Europe and the UK. They balk at the price tag for green energy over there. 

Comment by Jim Wiegand on July 31, 2021 at 9:56pm

With these bastards hiding so much,  this payment offsets virtually none of the real world impacts.

Comment by Penny Gray on July 31, 2021 at 6:51pm

The torpedo idea has merit.  I've seen the lobster boat races and those guys can really soup up their boats!  It could be the start of a new navy.

Comment by Kenneth Capron on July 31, 2021 at 3:40pm

It is never good when Stakeholders, like the Fishing Industry, is excluded from the discussions until some ideas have already been decided.

Imagine if wind energy came from huge kites on mile long tethers high in the sky. I suspect airlines would have a bit more influence (aka luck) than a small fishing fleet. 

Its outrageous that the government is not only telling you that you can't fish but they are going to control your paycheck for not working. How hard is it to equipment lobster boats with torpedoes?

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

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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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(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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