“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.