Maine DEP Revised Submission Requirements for Wind Projects

Email sent to select list of recipients dated 9/10/13 below.

Need to isolate what the exact revisions are.

DEP_Site_Location_Development%29application_text.pdf

Good morning-

 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has revised the submission requirements for wind energy development applications under the Site Location of Development Act and the Maine Wind Energy Act.  You can find the revised application requirements on the Department’s website at: http://www.maine.gov/dep/land/sitelaw/index.html.  Under the ‘Forms’ tab, click on the ‘Site Law application’, and you will see that Sections 26-30 of the application relating to wind energy developments have been revised to codify many of the items that applicants have recently been including.


I’ve attempted to include on this email list some of the interested persons on wind projects, applicants, and consultants.  Please forward on to others who may be interested in these revisions.


Please call me or Erle Townsend, the Department’s wind sector representative, with any questions.


Thank you.

Mark Bergeron, P.E.

Director, Division of Land Resource Regulation

Maine Department of Environmental Protection

(207) 215-4397

mark.bergeron@maine.gov

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Comment by Mike DiCenso on October 30, 2013 at 10:29pm

Erle makes no sense. If there is a 20 by 30 ft. structure does it matter if there is an RV next to it or not? Augusta nonsense.

Comment by alice mckay barnett on September 11, 2013 at 10:11am

 

Alice Mckay Barnett

 

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Because of a plumbing violation; I do not exist.

 DEP has called my home a "recreational" vehicle so that the WIND developers can erect a 500 foot turbine in my back yard. Definition of a recreational vehicle is it can be towed down a highway. My home cannot move down a highway. It has a 17 foot pitched roof and a 20 x 30 foot insulated, heated addition attached to it.

 We live there.

 We haul water and walk to the "pit privy". We have solar panels for electricity and wood for heat.

 If any folks in Maine use an outhouse, "pit privy" and you do not have an HHE-200; you do NOT exist. Do not pay taxes on your seasonal residence. It is unprotected.

 

 

 

         
   

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Alice –

 

The definition of recreational vehicle talks about a RV being “primarily designed to provide temporary living quarters” (see below). The removal of the axles and the addition of the roof are after-market modifications.  Also there is nothing in the record to show that the trailer (and additions) is there legally – no building permit or other documentation from the town, and no HHE-200 for the privy.

 

18-A. Recreational vehicle.   "Recreational vehicle" means a vehicle that is either self-propelled or towed by a consumer-owned tow vehicle, is primarily designed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping or travel use, complies with all applicable federal vehicle regulations and does not require special highway movement permits to legally use the highways. "Recreational vehicle" includes motor homes, travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers and folding camping trailers.

 

Erle Townsend

Environmental Specialist - Division of Land Resource Regulation

Department of Environmental Protection

17 State House Station | Augusta ME 04333

(207) 991-8078 | Erle.Townsend@Maine.gov

 

 

 

 

 

Comment by alice mckay barnett on September 11, 2013 at 9:55am

Section 28.  Tangible Benefits.  The applicant must provide a plan for establishing the environmental and economic improvements or benefits to the citizens of Maine attributable to the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed wind energy development.    

 

D. The reduction in electrical rates among all classes of Maine ratepayers, directly attributable to and expected from the proposed wind energy project; 

 

Cupracs addressed this issue with Passadumkeag project to BEP.  I guess it does not matter.

 

Comment by Art Brigades on September 10, 2013 at 3:42pm

The DEP says they have been requiring these for a while now, and all they are doing is codifying what has been their practice. 

 

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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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