Hancock County wind farm goes online after years of failed development attempts

A 72.6-megawatt Hancock County wind energy farm, which twice failed to get developed, is now operating and online.

Fengate Asset Management, a Toronto-based investment firm and the current owner of the Weaver Wind project, made the announcement last week in a news release.

“Fengate is very pleased the Weaver Wind project is operational,” said Greg Calhoun, Fengate's managing director. “This project provides a new source of clean, reliable energy for Maine and is a significant renewable energy investment for our investors.”

The wind farm includes 22 turbines in the sparsely populated towns of Eastbrook and Osborn, which each cover about 40 square miles but together number fewer than 500 residents. 

Plans for a similar project have failed twice in recent years, first because of environmental concerns about the turbines and then in 2015, when a developer filed for bankruptcy. Boston-based Longroad Energy bought the development rights in 2016.

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Comment by Paul Ackerman on December 24, 2020 at 10:32pm

72.6 megawatts ? Hmmm... how many houses in Easton and Osborn are getting the power?  Oh,right,none. It goes into the grid...and doesn't have any direct benefit to the local area. And if I recall correctly all the ratepayers unknowingly subsidize the owners of this absurdity at a rate higher than what CMP can conventionally produce the same amount of power.

Wasn't Weaver Wind one of the projects that Angus and his partner from MPBN were originators of years ago ?

Comment by Penny Gray on December 23, 2020 at 3:04pm

Sadly MaineBiz censors comments.  I posted one and it has now vanished.

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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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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