BDN - Iberdrola leasing more than 7,000 acres of land Down East

Posted July 25, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.

“Most (wind energy) projects run anywhere from 500 to a couple thousand acres,” said Blake, chairman of the Citizens Task Force on Wind Power, which opposes wind energy projects in Maine. The largest operating wind power site in Maine, in Kibby in the Boundary Mountains, is 2,367 acres, according to Blake.

If Iberdrola Renewables develops a wind power project in Whiting and Trescott, it would be the largest power project near the coast, said Blake.

“What it seems to me is that with the ever larger turbines they’re using, that any place that is close enough to pick up the coastal wind pattern, they’re going to invade that area,” said Blake.

According to Blake, one of the leased parcels in Trescott is next to the 12,234-acreCutler Coast Public Lands, a state preserve that is an attraction of the Bold Coast Scenic Byway. The preserve is “second only to Acadia in its grandeur,” said Blake.

Alan Michka of Lexington was the speaker for a second meeting organized by Judd and others on July 23. Michka has been active with Friends of the Highland Mountains, which has opposed wind energy projects in Somerset County. He also has been involved in efforts in the Maine Legislature to give residents of the Unorganized Territory a public hearing process regarding land use planning for wind energy projects.

A third meeting to be held July 30 will feature Gary Campbell of the Partnership for the Preservation of the Downeast Lakes Watershed, which successfully opposed a proposed wind energy project on Bowers Mountain. The meeting will be held 7 p.m. at the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott.

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Comment by Martha thacker on July 26, 2014 at 10:43am


Wind turbine fire risk: Number that catch alight each year is ten times higher than the industry admits


Wind turbines catch fire because highly flammable materials such as hydraulic oil and plastics are in close proximity to machinery and electrical wires.
These can ignite a fire if they overheat or are faulty. Lots of oxygen, in the form of high winds, can quickly fan a fire inside a turbine, the paper found.
From Cohoctonwindwatch
There is no fire dept near Stetson I and II. Only a volunteer, which would take quite some time to even get to a fire. Yet there are miles and miles of forests and houses.  Our state did not look after our interests in permitting these two wind farms. There was not even a hearing for Stetson II. The hearings for Stetson I allowed First Wind all the time they wanted and 5 minutes for concerned citizens. Questions were not answered.
Comment by Martha thacker on July 25, 2014 at 9:42pm

Karen Pease..proud to be a NIMBY comment is eloquent ...made me tear up.Thank you for taking the time to write it..


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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