First Wind Provides Some "Details" as to Location of Molunkus Katahdin Area Project

1/28/15 PM

Proposed Wind Turbine Placement Near Molunkus Lake

He emphasized that this is just a first draft and there could be significant changes when the MET data comes in and that the layout could change over time. Following are the conclusions.........

Continue at: https://molunkuswind.wordpress.com/

I guess the folks in the area are in the cross hairs of First Wind - all facilitated of course when the company has former Senate president Justin Alfond submitting its wind bills without changing a word.

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1/28/15 AM

Molunkus Katahdin Area First Wind Project - Additional Information

As reported yesterday at https://molunkuswind.wordpress.com/ the First Wind Molunkus project is back on. First Wind originally let the cat out of the bag on Molunkus on July 31, 2013 when they responded to an RFP for a Connecticut power purchase agreement. You can find a redacted PDF of what First Wind submitted to Connecticut's DEP at the following link.

http://www.dpuc.state.ct.us/DEEPEnergy.nsf/c6c6d525f7cdd1168525797d...

From page 5:

The Molunkus Wind project is located near the Town of Medway, Maine, and the Project area
spans both Aroostook and Penobscot Counties. The Project will be comprised of fifty-three
Vestas V110 (2 MW) and twelve Vestas V117 (3.3 MW) wind turbines, associated collection
systems, and a facility substation and step-up transformer. The Project will interconnect to ISO
New England at Bangor Hydro’s Keene Road substation, utilizing a newly constructed 20-mile
115 kV generator lead located within the existing Maine GenLead corridor.

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1/27/15

KATAHDIN ALERT - First Wind is reviving its plans at Molunkus, just east of Katahdin

Utter, perhaps ultimate disrespect is shown to Maine and Mainers by the slippery Boston developers/Wall Street derivatives yieldco crowd as they attempt to close in on what the Penobscots named "Greatest Mountain".

First Wind is apparently reviving its plans at Molunkus, just east of Katahdin.

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 29, 2015 at 5:05pm

Sounds like the Emera Sale of it's First Wind investment was well in the works before we heard of it.

http://cleantechnica.com/2015/01/26/wind-beats-keystone-xl-race-fed...

The anchor tenant, announced back in 2013, will be wind giant First Wind. The company is — obviously — best known for its wind energy investments, but it has also been flexing its solar muscles in a big way.

Just last summer, First Wind announced a massive 320 megawatt solar buy in Utah, following on the heels of somewhat smaller solar projects in Utah and Massachusetts.

Off-shore wind maintains a constant production. There is a large difference in output. However, they want as many On-Shore facilities as possible before that truth is known to our legislature and EUT. Maximize the Soaking of the taxpayers while it is available. The MET towers may be just a prerequisite requirement, so they move those around and replace them. In Bingham's case, two permanent ones out of the eight. 

Comment by Penny Gray on January 29, 2015 at 12:23pm

I'm wondering why they even bother to erect the MET towers when the data makes little difference.  Patriot Renewable's MET tower on Saddleback collapsed and was filmed by snowboarders two months prior to the PR informational meeting in Carthage. At that meeting they informed us that the MET tower was currently recording average wind speeds of 45 mph; better than offshore!  Not bad for a MET tower that was in a crumpled heap on the ground.  Who verifies this information?  I think these MET towers are just part of staking a claim on an area.  The average wind speeds make no difference in the outcome of the project.

Comment by Whetstone_Willy on January 28, 2015 at 11:44pm

"I believe there is likely a "gentleman's agreement" amongst the wind thieves that if a company negotiates Met tower leases and gets the permits that the developer has "laid claim" to destrpying those ridges with the scourge of windsprawl".

Didn't they have an episode like that on the Sopranos?

Comment by Brad Blake on January 28, 2015 at 10:11pm

Penny, the Met towers encompass an access road and those towers are small enough to haul in on a logging road without doing much improvement as long as passable.  The tower footprint itself is typically a quarter acre.  It does require a DEP permit, which is routinely issued with no delay.  I believe there is likely a "gentleman's agreement" amongst the wind thieves that if a company negotiates Met tower leases and gets the permits that the developer has "laid claim" to destrpying those ridges with the scourge of windsprawl.

Comment by Mike DiCenso on January 28, 2015 at 8:06pm
i emailed LUPC to protest the met towers. It can't hurt. If they can't erect met towers, they should not build wind towers at a later date.
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 28, 2015 at 6:40pm

Maybe others have this info....

2012 Forbes article http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2012/12/21/why-its-th...

Now this....

Legislature Considering Measures to Lower Solar Power Costs 

This form of energy holds a 10% EROI (Energy $ Recovered per $ Investment) as compared to wind.

Or 2% of Hydro. Of 13 forms of energy this sits just above Corn Ethanol at #12. With Terraform and Sun Edison now in the picture, owning some Wind facilities, will they dupe our legislators once again?

Another Fraud on the Horizon.

Comment by alice mckay barnett on January 28, 2015 at 6:36pm

I think a CEO of any town can allow met tower

Comment by Penny Gray on January 28, 2015 at 12:50pm

These met tower permits are good for 7 years.  Does that mean  no other wind developer can stake a claim on those permitted areas during that 7 year time period? Does the permit cover a certain area, as if a wind development were to be built, or is it just for the footprint of the MET tower?  What does it take to get a MET tower permit?  Permission from the landowner or owning the land oneself, and filling out the application?  Perhaps filing for MET tower permits would be fighting fire with fire.

Comment by Penny Gray on January 28, 2015 at 11:39am

Would it be worth while to inundate the Maine Tourism Association and Dept of Maine Tourism with letters demanding protection of the Katahdin area?  If they haven't already been bought off, they might pitch in with a word or two of protest.  They should have been screaming bloody murder from the get-go when Maine's scenic viewsheds came under such overwhelming attack but ????

Comment by Mike DiCenso on January 27, 2015 at 11:10pm
If enough of us protest to LUPC, can they deny the windsprawllers the permits for the met towers?

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/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

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

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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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