"Maine can export this energy to other resource deprived states"

I wonder how the author of this article would enjoy a 500' tall pounding and flashing industrial wind turbine right next to his home keeping his neighborhood free of eagles, bats and home buyers. I wonder whether he believes Ct and Mass are truly "resource deprived", or just really lacking in people who can be walked on. This article cries out for rebuttal.

"Maine’s potential to grow solar, wind, biomass, wave and tidal energy exceeds that of most other states. As the demand for a cleaner electric grid grows throughout the New England region, we can export this energy to other resource deprived states, generating further economic leverage and growing more jobs here".

Barry Woods is on the Board of Plug In America, an attorney with Drummond & Drummond LLP, and a Director of Maine-based Electric Mobility NE. “Driving Electric” ran in the Fall 2015/Winter 2016 issue of Green & Healthy Homes Maine.


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Comment by Kathy Sherman on February 19, 2016 at 7:48am
The Town of Falmouth MA (and its Energy Committee) was the developer and is the owner, along with a ratepayer funded quasi-state agency and UMass RERL. The concept of "community wind" as a way for budget-strapped towns to save money was pitched throughout the state. But the warnings of Mars Hill, and Vinalhaven, of Maine DEP's acoustic consultant that the "models are wrong" given high wind shear and vear, and even Vestas itself were ignored, and noise and flicker impacts are still disputed. Industrial wind turbines were and are being constructed at only half Ontario's 2008-2010 MINIMUM setback for the quietest turbines from homes.

Your Dora Mills stayed up all night, read a bit of the Scandanavian surveys, looked up Alberta's low frequency noise regs., but then turned to the Massachusetts approach which allows 10 dB increase above background. She later co-authored the Mass DEP-DPH "independent", "expert" panel review that wind energy proponents love so much.

Unless you believe that 1.1 times height is a sufficient setback from home or workplace, please don't begrudge - unite about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, market distorting RECs, transmission buildout, etc.

Massachusetts is number 1 in the US for how much money it throws at energy efficiency. Whereas in Maine my understanding is that RGGI momey funds the Energy Efficiency Trust projects, in Massachusetts it is a hidden surcharge on the delivery side of the bill. A few years ago, I was paying 1.5 cents per kWh, but I suspect it has gone up since then.

I am not trying to say that there isn't a lot of wasted energy, but there are a lot of people in CT, RI and MA already in energy poverty too.
Comment by Eskutassis on February 17, 2016 at 9:24pm

Arthur, they did put wind towers in Massachusetts, in Falmouth, and the people have turned on the developers and the town for doing it.  They don't want any more down there.  That is the whole point . . . . they think of us as backwoods hicks who just blindly follow the lies of the government and developers.

Comment by arthur qwenk on February 17, 2016 at 7:45pm

Redefine the title and meaning a bit please here!

You mean wealthy southern NE states wish to  callously  ruin the  trademark environment  and heritage of Maine "called "VACATIONLAND" for renewable energy credits  and their power consuming gluttony  when a little bit of conservation by southern New England's  energy pigs would suffice?

Put the wind turbine crap in Connecticut,Mass,RI and NY and enjoy the environmental degradation.noise and feckless electron production there!


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


(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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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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