Doing “the green right thing" in Fairfield, ME

Homeowners Scott and Robin Weeks say a planned energy power project with 30,600 solar panels to be located 150 feet from their home off U.S. Route 201 in Fairfield will ruin not only their view of open farm fields and wildlife but ruin their property value as well................Scott Weeks said he is upset that the Planning Board could change the designation of the area from rural residential zone to an industrial energy site..................Planning Board chairman Kevin Violette said the solar project is allowed in the zone, and it’s doing “the green right thing."

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Comment by Long Islander on April 9, 2019 at 12:17pm

Fairfield, ME forecast - four of the next five days, including today, are either cloudy or mostly cloudy.

Comment by Willem Post on April 9, 2019 at 12:08pm

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Those starry-eyed planning board fools know how to screw a neighbor to make THEIR VISION of the future come true, while lining their pockets and of their friends, at the expense of others.

They nothing about analyzing energy systems and spout whatever lobbyists give them for talking points to delude/deceive already-struggling Joe and Jane Worker in Maine’s near zero growth economy.

They want to destroy the meadows, views and pristine ridgelines of Maine to put several hundred acres of solar panels and up to 400 ft tall wind turbines that will in no way do anything regarding global warming, but that will line their pockets, aka bribes, and the pockets of multi millionaires with tax shelters.

Those wind turbines and solar panels will use millions of tons of strategic rare earth metals from China, which has 60% of the world market.

Do they not know damaging ecosystems of  meadows and forests will degrade their ability to sequester CO2?

What will provide the peaking, filling in and balancing services, 24/7/365, if all gas turbine plants are shut down and variable, intermittent wind and solar, dependent on NE’s mediocre, random winds and sunshine, become the dominant electricity sources on the NE grid and nearby grids?

What happens during 5 to 7 day wind/solar lulls, which occur at random throughout the year?

Would they use massive 500,000 MWh battery systems, at a turnkey cost of $400/kWh, and that would last about 15 years?

The insanity of it all only exists because of the grossly excessive direct and indirect subsidies.

People by the tens of thousands need to start wearing yellow vests and march to the state house to demonstrate against wind turbines, and environmental destruction, before it is too late.

Comment by Stephen Littlefield on April 9, 2019 at 11:05am

Another sometimes power system, I love how they talk about how 'some of the businesses will be powered from right next door' (sometimes) oh yeah, they left that out! And one is supposedly sending it to Conn. More NIMBY, if Conn. wants it, why don't they build it there? There's plenty of land to build on in Conn. and Mass. but, they want it built up here! Another sad chapter in Maine's current history, more bird kills, more ugly scenery on the landscape and temporary power that doesn't work all the time that will be shipped out of state while Mainers bear the burden.


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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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