Posted: May 1, 2014
Updated: Today at 12:45 AM
Maine board sets stage for rejection of $100 million wind project
The Bowers Wind Project would have an adverse impact on Downeast’s scenic lakes and the people who use them, members say.
By Tux Turkel email@example.com
The board’s action on the Bowers Wind project, proposed by a subsidiary of Boston-based First Wind, sets the stage for a vote next month in which the state of Maine, for the first time, would formally reject plans for a major wind energy project.
Bowers Mountain is in a region that includes the fabled fishing mecca of Grand Lake Stream, and the chain of lakes that attract sportsmen from around the country. Guides, some camp owners and other people who value the remote, forested setting and the dark night sky bristled at the idea of turbine towers with flashing lights, visible from far off ridges. In its latest configuration, each turbine tower would stand 450 feet tall from the ground to the blade tip.
“It’s widely recognized that beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” Juliet Browne, First Wind’s lawyer, remarked at one point.
Appeals board delays likely rejection of $100M Bowers Mountain wind project
First Wind attorney Juliet Browne argues for her client at a Board of Environmental Protection appeal hearing in Augusta on Thursday.
Posted May 01, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
Last modified May 01, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — An appeals board delayed issuing a formal decision Thursday that could decide the fate of a $100 million wind-to-energy facility proposed for Bowers Mountain
. However, it said a denial of the project
is likely to be upheld. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho said it was probable that the project would be denied then. Project opponents expressed gratitude at the likelihood, while a First Wind spokesman said the company would strongly consider appealing to state’s top civil court if Aho’s prediction comes true. “It sounds like they are going to deny the project,” First Wind Project Director Neil Kiely added.
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State agency recommends board deny Bowers Mountain wind project
Posted April 29, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — State environmental officials have recommended that the Board of Environmental Protection reaffirm the denial of a proposed $100 million, 16-turbine wind-to-energy site in eastern Penobscot County, officials said Tuesday.
Maine Department of Environmental Protection staff members Jessica M. Damon and Mark Bergeron advised the appeal board in a 12-page memo dated this month that the proposed 48-megawatt facility would have too negative an impact on the views of several lakes and..., the site of the proposed development.
Updated: 12:13 AM
Down East wind project to go before Board of Environmental Protection
The board will decide whether to reverse a decision rejecting turbines for scenic reasons.
By Joe Lawlor firstname.lastname@example.org
“I think it’s going to be really hard for a board to reverse a recommendation by an agency that spent the better part of a year researching this,” Campbell said.
The staff of Maine's Board of Environmental Protection has completed its analysis of the record in the matter of Champlain Wind LLC's and Bowers Mountain LLC's appeals of DEP's 2013 denial of a permit to build the Bowers Mountain Wind Project.
They have recommended
that the BEP affirm the denial!
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