"Hancock Spins in Maine"

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Terra Nova Renewable Partners has started commercial operations at its 51MW Hancock wind farm in Maine.

New England contractor Reed & Reed built the 17-turbine project, which features Vestas V117 3.3MW turbines on 116.5-metre towers.

The wind farm is interconnected to the transmission system owned by Emera Maine and operated by ISO New England.

The project has two long-term power purchase agreements. Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric signed up for 37.5MW of capacity for 25 years and Burlington Electric of Vermont agreed to buy 13.5MW for 10 years.

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Comment by Eskutassis on December 22, 2016 at 2:26pm

The blinking light phenomenon is what got me started in fighting against wind to begin with.  Where our 80 year old camp is is directly across a like that had no electricity and a Bortle 1 dark sky.  I really didn't mind the turbines there during the day as they are about a mile and a half across the lake, but at night there were 27 towers blinking at all different times with red lights shining directly in the windows of the camp, a camp where you could truly get full darkness.  It was a stargazers delight.  Since the towers went up I have spent a total of two nights staying there in the last six years.

Comment by Paula D Kelso on December 21, 2016 at 7:21pm

Not sure about Palmyra, maybe Palermo looking north to Freedom's three WT's? I'm thinking those would be about on the northern horizon on some of the hills between route 3 and the WT's.

We've driven by Freedom many times at night in all seasons but it is maybe four or five miles from Route 9 and we would see them only out the side window to the East so can't say tail lights but right now I'm thinking they are steady or slow blinking red. Will check Christmas night again. Depending on the wind direction the blades are very visible in the daylight or not much at all.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 21, 2016 at 5:58pm

Yes they are Red (in Bingham) and they all light up at the same time it seems, though someone else reported that they seem to be on two different settings I have only noticed one.  Also they are supposed to be triggered by approaching aircraft that is constantly sending some sort of FAA required signal.

You know, and other locals may know that they are not auto tail lights, but would someone unfamiliar with the road, not knowing if there was a hill ahead? If they are within a line of site that could create a mistaken concept of traffic stopped or ahead, that should be photographed. From there it would be the MDOT's determination as to whether or not the view may pose a hazard. 

Even from 20+ miles (I believe without rechecking my other computer) people in Palmyra ME have commented that they thought them to be distant tail lights on a distant road.

This information is being requested by the DEP for future considerations for rule making. 

Comment by Paula D Kelso on December 21, 2016 at 4:26pm

Hubby says he thinks the rapid flickering last night might have been the blades passing in front of the red lights. Will check some more on different nights and different approaches. Last night it was more like wing lights on planes landing (are they red?). Because of the angle, 4 of the 5 turbines are right in a row as you approach from the west on Route 9 so there was a line of several flashing lights, but elevated so you knew it wasn't auto tail lights. But they certainly drew one's attention.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on December 21, 2016 at 2:08pm

Did anywhere in your travel, it appear to be traffic ahead ? Such as coming up over a hilltop or around a corner? Something that could be by an unfamiliar driver mistaken on an icy roadway on a clear night of visibility.  If so get some photos as best you can and submit them to the DEP for the NEW rules consideration of potential Highway issues.   (something not considered in the past as an issue) 

Comment by Paula D Kelso on December 21, 2016 at 1:51pm

Coming home last night we got to experience the new weird blinking turbine lights on Pisgah Mountain in the center of our town. Made you think of an airport or alien invaders. I did not realize they were going to do a bizarre constant flickering. It's more flickering than blinking. Can't be ignored that's for sure. I hope no one cuts down the little fringe of trees remaining between us and them. The 'attenuating woods' are long gone for sound absorption.

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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