Medway to Oakfield: First Wind Targets Every Ridge Within Sight of Mt. Katahdin

You MUST READ this piece posted from  By responding to Connecticut's call for PPA proposals, First Wind has tipped it hand about its intentions.  The 57 mile long transmission line from Oakfield to Mattawamkeag opens up ridge after ridge in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin for behemoth wind machines.  Thoreau and Gov. Baxter must be spinning in their graves!  We must honor their spirit and protect this region from the onslaught of wind turbine blight! 



Boston-based First Wind has submitted a proposal to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to sell power from five wind power projects, four of which are in Maine, to users in Connecticut. The total power output is 396.5 Megawatts.

First Wind is the biggest wind power developer in Maine with five operating projects in the state with a cumulative capacity of 291 MW, as well as projects in half a dozen other states.

The largest of the proposed wind power projects First Wind wants to build to provide electricity to Connecticut is called Molunkus Wind. It would involve erecting 65 turbines with a total nameplate capacity of 145 Megawatts.

The maps showing the location of the Molunkus Wind development (pages 18, 34) have been redacted from the proposal. However, based on the name, the location of First Wind's existing developments in Maine, and other hints, it appears to be east of Medway in an area designated by Maine for expedited permitting.

First Wind is still studying the impacts of the project, but one has already been tagged. The proposal says that "There may be potential visibility of the Project from one site that is identified by the State of Maine as a scenic resource of state or national significance and is regulated for the their scenic qualities by the State (Salmon Stream Lake)." (page 44) The view of monumental Katahdin in Baxter State Park is a popular sight from Interstate 95 at Salmon Stream Lake. It is 24 miles from Katahdin to Salmon Stream Lake.

First Wind is rushing to try to get Molunkus Wind and other new wind power projects into the pipeline so that the company can tap the Production Tax Credit for wind developments, which expires at the end of 2013.

According to the website Wind Power for ME, which only provides pro-wind power information, there are currently 195 turbines constructed and under construction in Maine.

First Wind recently proposed the largest yet wind power development in Maine. It would involve 62 turbines across Mayfield Township, Kingsbury Plantation and the Town of Bingham with a nameplate capacity of 186 MW.

The biggest operating wind power project in New England currently is TransCanada's 132 MW Kibby project on the Maine border near Quebec.

Who’s on First?
It is difficult to keep track of the players without a scorecard. Here is a short glossary for the Molunkus Wind project.

First Wind - First Wind Land Holdings, LLC was formed in 2002. In April 2006, First Wind got financial backing from two large private equity firms, D.E. Shaw and Madison Dearborn Partners. As of the end of 2012, First Wind had about 200 employees and $2.1 billion in assets.

D.E. Shaw – DES, one of the two financial backers of First Wind, is a global investment and technology development firm founded in 1988 with offices in North America, Europe and Asia.

Madison Dearborn Partners – MDP is the other financial backer of First Wind. The private equity firm, which was founded in 1992, focuses on investments in basic industries, such as energy, communications, consumer products, financial services, and healthcare services.

Northeast Joint Venture - In June 2012, First Wind Holdings partnered with Emera Inc. to jointly own and operate wind projects in the Northeastern U.S. through a new company called Northeast Wind Partners. First Wind has a 51 percent stake, Emera 49 percent. The relationship with Emera provides First Wind with access to attractively priced equity

capital that can be used for development or construction-related spend for the Project.

Emera – Emera Inc. is a multinational corporation based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with $7.8 billion in assets and annual revenues of more than $2 billion. Emera was created in 1991 when the provincial public corporation Nova Scotia Power Incorporated was privatized. Among Emera's holdings is Bangor Hydro Electric Company, which provides electricity to much of eastern Maine.

Maine Wind Holdings - Maine Wind Holdings LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Wind Holdings, LLC.

GreenMountain Wind - GreenMountain Wind is a wholly owned subsidiary of Maine Wind Holdings, which is wholly owned by First Wind. GreenMountain Wind is a shell company with no employees. It would "own" the Molunkus Wind project.

Molunkus Wind - Molunkus Wind is a proposed project of GreenMountain Wind, which is wholly owned by Maine Wind Holdings, which is wholly owned by First Wind Holdings LLC.

PTC/ITC - The federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) or Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a tax break First Wind and other wind power developers take advantage of to subsidize the expensive production of electricity from wind power projects. Congress let the PTC expire in 2012, but under intense lobbying pressure by First Wind and other corporations the taxpayer-funded subsidy was extended until December 31, 2013. First Wind is lobbying to extend it again.


Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 (Archive on Monday, September 02, 2013)
Posted by Jym St. Pierre   Contributed by Jym St. Pierre

Below is a photo of the 389 ft tall Rollins turbines 25 air miles from Mt. Katahdin.  The Medway "Molunkus" project will have 570 ft tall turbines within 10 air miles of Maine's greatest scenic icon!

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Comment by Penny Gray on August 13, 2013 at 7:09pm

One can only wonder how many $$$ "tangible benefits" went to the politicians who crafted Maine's Expedited Wind law on behalf of the wind industry.

Comment by Hart Daley on August 13, 2013 at 6:42pm

This madness needs to stop! Maine is being devoured by out of state greed. Are we so shallow as to sell our own "last frontier" of wilderness to out of state industry. Maine will lose out in the end and we will all be left to stare at each other in grief, at industrial wastelands, and a destroyed Maine identity!

Comment by alice mckay barnett on August 13, 2013 at 9:18am

10 miles from scenic resource?  I think DEP is trying to make it 15 miles...

If they can, then we argue scenic impact....

The surveys are being conducted wrong.  What is their weight?  Passadumkeag was voted by BEP on the first wind's users survey.... there are flaws in the surveys.

Comment by Long Islander on August 13, 2013 at 6:37am


Although not yet reported on in the Maine press (as of today's date, October 24, 2011) First Wind wishes to build a new 59 mile long transmission line from Oakfield to Chester. A separate LLC has been set up by First Wind for this project and the name of the LLC is Maine GenLead LLC.


If they can get this line built, it is not unreasonable to surmise that they will try to add new, yet announced, wind projects in the area to feed this line. Take a look at the following Katahdin webcam. Do these folks deserve to have their extraordinary little pieces of heaven despoiled with rusting hodgepodges of useless industrial junk on their ridges?

This section has been set up to house information on the Oakfield-Chester transmission line.

SEE: "Oakfield Chester Line" at

Comment by Long Islander on August 13, 2013 at 6:29am


Ex-PUC head enriched by utility company
By Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
Posted April 21, 2010, at 8:20 p.m.

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."


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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 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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