Mainebiz: Developers back out of Aroostook wind deal

The joint project proposed by the two utilities, called the Maine Renewable Energy Interconnect, would have linked the proposed 600MW King Pine wind farm and another 650MW from two other Aroostook County projects, Number Nine Wind Farm and Horse Mountain, via a new 150-mile transmission line that would connect with the regional grid in Pittsfield.


King Pine: NW of Oakfield; SW of Mars Hill

Number Nine: Bridgewater

Horse Mountain: Stacyville & Sherman (per BDN on 2/1/16) or possibly near Garfield Plantation - see the following met tower permit:



Press Herald: Wind developer drops plan for 119-turbine wind project


EDP Renewables says the need to build new transmission lines and the loss of a power-purchase agreement with utilities in Connecticut contributed to the company's decision to withdraw its application.....In a statement Monday, Katie Chapman, the project manager for Number Nine, said the company voluntarily withdrew its DEP application to “refresh the project design” in areas including wildlife and wetland data. She said the project would pursue a new power purchase agreement.


BDN - Developers hit brakes on massive wind project in Aroostook County

Kellen Ingalls, a project manager with EDP, wrote in the email that the company plans to resubmit its application “in the near future.”

And here are two earlier articles on the topic:

Note that EDP Renewables' Katie Chapman was involved in bringing the wind turbines to Vinalhaven:

"Katie Chapman will be entering her second fellowship year. During her first year, she was placed on Swan's Island to help move forward the wind-energy project, collaborating with the Fox Islands Electric Cooperative on Vinalhaven. This project moved forward very quickly, and Vinalhaven is now poised to site the new turbines".

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Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on December 7, 2016 at 1:01am

Did Sussman ever really let go of Maine Today Media? Is supposed current owner Reade Brower just fronting for him? Who the hell are the enviro climate radicals who seem to own most of the nation's media?

Comment by Jim Lutz on December 6, 2016 at 7:39pm

I find it very interesting that the Sussman's and Clinton's and Pelosi's and Reid's and all the rest of them rail against Citizen's United and the Koch Brothers when guys like Sussman and Soros and their ilk do the same thing.  Swamp?  I think so.  It's time to drain the SWAMP! 

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on December 5, 2016 at 11:48pm

Speaking of Sussman - looks like he was the year's biggest loser within the netherworld of donors:

Hedge fund manager S. Donald Sussman has given a total of $21 million to the top super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton, putting him on track to be the Democratic nominee's biggest political backer this cycle.

Comment by Paul Ackerman on December 5, 2016 at 5:49pm

Hmmmm...let's see ,why would the Portland Press Herald write such a warm and fuzzy article about wind power,and why it is such a virtuous proposal for Mainers?

Reade Brower "owns" the PPH and Donald Sussman (who started DE Shaw it seems in the wind business) "sold" it to him,and it is a complete coincidence that the paper is a full throttle progressive leftist green-energy propaganda sheet.

Anyone wonder who funds the Island Institute? Anyone wonder how many "native islanders" still can afford to live on Vinalhaven/North Haven ? Anyone wonder how many islanders think the wind turbines out there are a "great deal"?

Does anyone think their power bills went down susbstantially because of the wind turbines? Did they ? Does the "green credit" get sold out of state?

so many questions,and so little newspaper interest in the answers.


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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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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