Conservation Groups Call for National Planning Effort by Feds on Wind Energy

Conservation Groups Call for National Planning Effort by Feds on Wind Energy

Washington, D.C., April 24, 2014) A coalition of more than 70 conservation organizations has requested the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) develop a National Programmatic Wind Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to identify appropriate areas for wind energy development as well as areas where new projects should be avoided to conserve wildlife and sensitive habitats.

 

The request to DOI came in the form of an April 23, 2014, letter to DOI Sally Secretary Jewell.

 

“A national, Wind Energy EIS is entirely consistent with your recently-released strategy for improving landscape level planning and mitigation for future development on public lands (Improving Mitigation Policies and Practices of the Department of Interior). Wind energy, and indeed all forms of energy development have the potential to cause significant harm to wildlife if improperly sited and managed,” the letter said.

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Comment by Barry @ SaveOurSeaShore on April 28, 2014 at 3:52pm

As this is mostly about money....Good luck for any honest assessment. I have dealt with enough of these projects and the honesty factor is about ZERO!

Comment by Penny Gray on April 25, 2014 at 8:25am

If wind developers are allowed to classify MET tower data as "proprietary information" it's doubtful there will ever be transparency or (common sense) in wind siting.  It isn't about power production, after all, it's about harvesting tax payer subsidies.

ABC has become more and more active in the wind debate, which is encouraging.

Comment by Harrison Roper on April 25, 2014 at 6:58am

  I am wondering if proper attention will be paid to the fundamental factor of whether there is sufficient wind to generate useful power. That critical detail seems to have been ignored in the planning, permitting, and building  of Maine's inland industrial wind  "farms".

  After "investing many millions of dollars building the roads and blasting the foundations and installing the transmission lines and erecting turbines, it is discovered that the wind is only sufficient to generate less than 25% of the much-cited "installed capacity" (FERC figures for 2012).  And all of this endangers wildlife,  creates jobs that last for just a few months at best, leaving "wind farms" that work poorly and are backed by questionable "decommissioning" funds.  Priceless, pristine ridges have been permanently scarred.  Now, we are stuck with it. Please, don't allow any more of these things. 

Harrison Roper  Houlton/Danforth

Comment by Long Islander on April 25, 2014 at 12:43am

Hopefully the Court will protect the eagles in Island Falls from reckless marauder First Wind.

 

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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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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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