Cherished Views of Katahdin Sold for Three Cents a Day

An area destroyed for $26 a year. I guess that means about seven cents a day per owner, which if there were two people in every household might be 3.5 cents per day.  Maine has been had. Thank you Governor Baldacci. Thank you NRCM.


Iconic shot of wind turbines on northern end of Rollins Mt. with Mt. Katahdin in the background. May 2011.


Please see article from BDN below and continue reading by clicking on the link.

Wind farm helps Lincoln lower tax rate, town officials say

Posted Sept. 20, 2011, at 8:33 p.m.

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LINCOLN, Maine — Owners of $100,000 properties will pay $26 less in town taxes annually than they would have paid last year under a new 19.86 mill rate town officials have set, they said Tuesday.

Town Manager Lisa Goodwin attributed the lower rate to the $42.2 million in value added to local taxes by the Rollins Mountain industrial wind-to-energy site as part of site owner First Wind’s tax increment financing agreement with the town.



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Comment by Elaine Goodwin on September 30, 2011 at 1:15am


I am so glad I was able to spend my younger years in the Lincoln area, at the many lakes and ponds, hiking, 4-wheeling through the woods, walking on the many dirt roads and watching spectacular sunsets from Silver Lake in Lee.  My Grandfather Merrill loved that lake and was part owner.  I have some pretty wonderful memories. How terribly quickly this has all changed.  Today's reality of this unspoiled and beautiful area, with the pastoral views and the proud ridge lines and mountains, is a travesty.  My Grandfather, who loved living in and working in the woods, would be horrified to see the many miles of woodlands and mountaintops decimated by the huge swaths that have been cut through the area. These terrible upheavals of forest, meadows and hilltops with panoramic views now house miles of power lines. Power lines necessary because wind power is not consistent. Therefore, we need to spend much more money, destroy more of nature, in order to ensure the wind turbines will have electricity to keep the massive machine turning.  Such folly, such waste, and all for the profit of big money wind investors and out of state electrical needs. It's too late now. I wonder if all the wind proponents and local people who either were complacent or duped by the stories First Wind propagated about what a wonderful investment to the area this would bring, can reconcile the high price we are paying for $26 dollars deducted from yearly taxes as just cause. I am glad my Grandfather is not here to see the devastation of his  precious part of the world he called "God's Country."

Comment by Robert W Baker on September 21, 2011 at 9:50am
Comment by alice mckay barnett on September 21, 2011 at 9:49am
Wait for year 5, when accelerated depreciation has reached maximum values.  Value in land around these things have gone down.  Equipment is broken.  Town goes bankrupt.
Comment by Barbara Ulman on September 21, 2011 at 8:07am
This is sad, tragic, disgraceful.  How can they have so little soul that they can't see what they've done?


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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