Finances are also at the core of the Friends of Maine’s Mountains appeal. O’Neil said he believes that the group’s strongest argument is about the adequacy of the fund set up for the ultimate decommissioning of the 62 turbines that would be built. A decommissioning fund would pay for restoring the scenic vistas if the wind project ultimately is abandoned. O’Neil claims First Wind has underestimated the cost of removing the turbines, which would soar up to 492 feet in height, while restoring the mountain vistas affected by the project. He also claims that First Wind overestimated the potential value of dismantled turbines and towers, which would be sold off when no longer in use.
Friends of the Maine’s Mountains maintains that the towers eventually will have to become down because their long-term economic viability is limited.