Carroll Plt (site of First Wind's 4X denied Bowers project) asks to be removed from the Expedited Wind Permitting Area

You're probably aware that Maine's wind law created a large area that is "pre-zoned" as suitable for wind development. This means a wind developer can apply for a permit to build a project in that area without having to have the site re-zoned (the way every other industry would have to). The area is known as the expedited wind permitting area (EWPA). It was the wind developers themselves who decided what townships, etc. would become "expedited" (see proof here) and they did so without regard for the wishes of the citizens. Those of us lucky enough to live in organized towns have the right to enact ordinances restricting wind development but our neighbors in unorganized municipalities do not share that right.

Thanks to the expert and tireless efforts of Alan & Kay Michka, Karen Bessey-Pease and others, LD 828, An Act To Improve Regulatory Consistency Within The Jurisdiction Of The Maine Land Use Planning Commission, was passed by the legislature.  Governor LePage signed it into law in June of 2015.

LD 828 allows registered voters in any UT, township, plantation or municipality in the EWPA to petition the state to be removed from the EWPA. The process is described in detail on LUPC's website (   http://www.maine.gov/dacf/lupc/projects/wind_expedited_area/wind_ex...  ).

At 8:10am on January 4th, Carroll Plt resident Wally Lindahl presented to LUPC a petition signed by Carroll residents/voters asking that Carroll Plt be removed from the expedited wind permitting area. Carroll is the site of the four-times denied Bowers project. The moment Wally handed the petition in, Carroll became temporarily protected from future wind development. Many thanks, Wally, for collecting the signatures and driving 150 miles to be at the LUPC office when it opened at 8am! Nineteen other municipalities also filed petitions to be removed from the EWPA.

If no person requests the substantive review of the petition within 45 days, Carroll Plt will be automatically and formally removed from the expedited area. This does not prohibit wind development. But it does means that before a developer can submit a permit application, they will first have to get LUPC to agree to zone the Plt as being appropriate for wind energy project. While all other industries must clear this hurdle for all projects, the wind industry in Maine considers this an unfair nuisance.

If within 45 days someone DOES request the substantive review of the petition, LUPC will notify property owners by mail. Property owners and the public will have an opportunity to comment on the proposal, and to request a public hearing. If five or more people request a public hearing, one will be held. If there are not five requests, LUPC may choose to hold a public hearing at its discretion. Whether or not a public hearing is held, public comment will be accepted. The full cost of the review process is to be borne by the developer/lobbyist requesting the review.

Whether there is a hearing or not, LUPC will review all of the evidence, including public comments, and make a decision about whether the following two statutory review criteria are satisfied:

Criterion A. The proposed removal will not have an unreasonable adverse effect on the State’s ability to meet the state goals for wind energy development

Criterion B. The proposed removal is consistent with the principal values and the goals in the comprehensive land use plan adopted by the Maine Land Use Planning Commission

If these two criteria are met, Carroll Plt will be formally removed from the EWPA.

That's the good news. The bad news is that in an arrogant disregard what Mainers think, Jeremy Payne, Director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association told Channel 6 News that he intends to challenge all the petitions and request that LUPC conduct substantive reviews of each one. If the Carroll petition goes to a public hearing, PPDLW is ready to fight tooth and nail to see that the decisions of LURC (2012), DEP (2013), BEP (2014) and the State Supreme Court (2015) are upheld and that the Downeast Lakes remain free of turbine views.


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Comment by Long Islander on January 6, 2016 at 12:57am

'Mad Money' Lightning Round: Stay Away From SunEdison

"This one looks like a dead cat bounce. Stay away."

http://www.thestreet.com/story/13293753/1/mad-money-lightning-round...

Comment by Barbara Durkin on January 5, 2016 at 2:31pm

Organized towns now have the right to opt out of the EWPA, and here are a few reasons why they should. 

1. 

If we don't exercise our rights, (to opt out), we surrender our rights. 

2. 

SunEdison finalized their $2.4 billion purchase of First Wind including Bowers Wind translated-

SUNEDISON-

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Lundin Law PC Announces an Ongoing Investigation of SunEdison, Inc. and Urges Investors with Losses in Excess of $500,000 to Contact the Firm
December 16, 2015 07:37 PM Eastern Standard Time

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lundin Law PC announces it is investigating claims against SunEdison, Inc. (“SunEdison” or the “Company”) (NYSE: SUNE) concerning possible violations of federal securities laws. The investigation is related to allegations that certain statements issued by SunEdison were false and misleading and/or failed to disclose material information regarding the Company’s financial performance.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151216006472/en/SHAREHOLDER...

3. 

FIRST WIND (CEO) Paul Gaynor is THE: 

'Hawaii Wind developer tied to Largest-ever asset seizure by anti-Mafia police'

(for wind energy fraud)

http://www.env.state.ma.us/dpu/docs/siting/13-165/13-165-Comments-9...

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Barbara_Durkin.pdf

4.

BOWERS WIND

Bangor Daily News

Jan. 29, 2015 (clip)

"SunEdison, based in St. Peters, Missouri, will assume control of the First Wind projects in development, Lamontagne said. Those include 357 megawatts in development or under construction in Maine — including the Weaver Wind, Bowers Wind, Molunkus Wind and Somerset Wind projects."

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/01/29/news/portland/sunedison-final...

Comment by arthur qwenk on January 5, 2016 at 12:58pm

Better do everything  you can, so they don't try it again!

They are liars ,thieves and SOB's as you know .

Be vigilant to preserve your gains, and well done PPDLW et al.

Comment by Penny Gray on January 5, 2016 at 12:23pm

A huge thanks to everyone who worked so hard for LD828.  Hopefully this will create "a tombsone every mile".

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/

 

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

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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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