Belgrade extends moratorium again on solar, wind farms and other developments

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BELGRADE — Residents at a special town meeting this week decided to extend by 180 days a ban on a range of developments in Belgrade, including solar and wind farms.

Tuesday’s vote was the second time a moratorium has been extended since it went into effect last November. It means applications for various permits, including for subdivisions and telecommunication installations, are not being accepted by the town.

The moratorium is scheduled to expire May 5 and is expected to give the Planning Board time to update the town’s outdated subdivision ordinance and draft regulations for commercial projects.

The board wants to require a decommissioning plan and a visual impact assessment for solar and wind farms, according to officials.

Town Manager Anthony Wilson said Wednesday he expects the changes to include a buffer strip for solar farms that would shield solar panels and equipment from roads or abutting properties.

A draft of the solar ordinance says its goal is to “support the development of utility scale solar energy facilities in a manner that minimizes any potential adverse effects on the scenic, cultural and natural resource character of the town.”......................

A buffer strip — trees and bushes — has been installed at the 20-acre former Christmas tree farm to shield the solar farm from view, even though such a buffer is not required in Belgrade.

The solar array would be a commercial installation, with the power it generates sold back to the electric grid.

https://www.centralmaine.com/2021/11/17/belgrade-extends-moratorium...

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Comment by Willem Post on November 18, 2021 at 8:25am

DEM / PROGS HATE LOCAL CONTROL 

They want centralized command/control by state government, so they can mandate their RE crap onto everything and all Mainers, who have been long-suffering, and oppressed, and who have been made to pay for various RE idiocies, for years.

If someone raises the subject of 850-tall, 12 MW, offshore, FLOATING wind turbines, that would ruin traditional fishing areas FOREVER, tell them to go to hell.

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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

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CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

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

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(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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