Dixfield board to decide on wind ordinance in July

"Dixfield board"

to decide on wind ordinance in July


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DIXFIELDTown  Manager Carlo Puiia said Wednesday that the Board of Selectmen will decide how to amend a proposed wind ordinance at its meeting in July.

This month, residents voted 178-220 against approving the most recent version of the ordinance, which included the state standard for sound limits of 42 decibels at night and 55 decibels during the day. .. .  .   .

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Comment by Kathy Sherman on June 30, 2016 at 7:34pm
Interesting idea about warp. My understanding is that turbines are often allowed to "free wheel" because the public doesn't like to see them idle. I have to say that we do seem to have a high percentage of idle turbines, not free-wheeling and there is some question about noise and mechanical effects of that too. The HealthCanada study consultants measured infrasound and the effects of met conditions by microbarometer at a far distance and the operator or the turbines where the study was done kept them going at 10 rpm to be "ready". All things that we should be paying more attention to, or demanding it from others. For example, how much catabolic power is wasted during summer when we are trying to reduce peak load.
Who does get to order curtailment?
Is there a FERC order number on the transmission charges?
There are so many rate issues from what seems to be behind closed doors. For example, it is my understanding that after deregulation the utilities, now only transmission/distribution companies, were required to defer the major consequences for ratepayers until 2012, but that they then got to collect with interest that I am pretty sure was a much better rate than we could get by a long shot. What other business is guaranteed a hefty rate of return and protection against losses by adjustment of charges to the consumer? Even when those "losses" might be due to required energy efficiency measures or customers going off-grid??
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on June 30, 2016 at 3:37pm

Not sure if they rotate operation of the turbines, though I would think that ISO-NE would be governing whether they are allowed to operate or not based on demand or who is willing to NOT provide that much needed power. Maybe those California Computer controllers who have those promised Maine Jobs can enlighten us a bit. I doubt ISO-NE will be forthcoming. As to the Crane ? I have heard nothing.......... Maybe a turbine died an early death ?

Comment by Penny Gray on June 30, 2016 at 2:54pm

Just drove east on Route 2 past the Saddleback turbines this week on a hot, windless day.  Half the visible turbines were turning slowly, the other half weren't turning.  I'm assuming they alternate the blade spinning on these calm days to keep the blades from warping?  Also, saw two cranes and one partially erected or dismantled turbine.  Is there any word on what's going on or is this proprietary information?

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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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 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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