For more than a year, citizens in the western Maine town of Greenwood, home to scenic ponds and Mt. Abram Ski Resort, have worked on a serious revamping of their local wind ordinance. Calpine wants to install 13 wind turbines at 590 ft in height along three mountain ridges that extend to the south of Mt. Abram.
There will be a Special Town Meeting on Monday, August 6, 2018 at the American Legion Hall in Locke Mills, the major village in the Town of Greenwood. This will be an up or down vote by the citizens of Greenwood, but like Lincoln Lakes, most of the property owners negatively affected by the wind turbines are not local residents. The local residents have not only worked diligently on the ordinance, but have done an extensive information dissemination campaign to persuade voters to stop the Calpine threat in spite of the usual wind industry bribes of giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to the town, the local snowmobile club, etc.
If adopted by vote of the Special Town Meeting, the new ordinance will allow wind power with restrictions such as maximum height of 250 feet and strict property setbacks and noise limitations that will render a commercial scale project such as the one proposed by Calpine economically unfeasible.
Jake Zagata of Friends of Greenwood Mountains on left is visited by Brad Blake of Friends of Maine's Mountains as Jake staff an information display along busy Rte 26 in Greenwood village of Locke Mills. Friends of Maine's Mountains, a state-wide advocacy group has been providing advice to the local group.
Friends of Greenwood Mountain has mailed this information flyer to all Greenwood residents urging a YES vote on August 6th. As is so familiar with these heinous projects, the group shows the impact of huge industrial wind turbines on Twitchell Pond and the "Irish Neighborhood" of Greenwood.