THIS IS IMPORTANT---IN FACT, CRITICAL

Nextera petitoning  LUPC to expand expedited permitting area. LUPC will consider 12/13. Questions

to stacie.r.beyer@maine.gov   557-2535

All need to be aware of this and hopefully agree that "the line in the sand" needs to be drawn here. There are few more scenic areas in the State of Maine than the drive from Stratton to the Coburn Gore on Rt 27, especially at peak fall foliage. Approval of this application will result in the scenic and physical destruction of 24,000 acres of pristine hills ,forests and views. 

Some time ago I succeeded in removing Rangeley Plantation from the expedited wind area but failed on a technicality on Dallas and Sandy River plantations. At a hearing in Bangor the LUPC Commissars(commissioners) would not even allow me to speak.  the fix was in.

From Nextera application: "for purposes of convenience , the project can be broken into two sections: the area north of Rt27 in Franklin and Somerset Counties(Moose Wind) which will include approximately 71 turbines in the townships of Skinner, Kibby,T5R6, BKP,WKR and(2) the area south of Rt 27 within franklin County(Alder Stream Wind) which consists of approximately 62 turbines in Chain of Ponds, Seven Ponds and Alder Stream Townships.

This petition must be denied on the basis of scenic character alone. Also the Legislature needs to reauthorize the capability of Townships, plantations and towns to remove themselves from the expedited wind area by citizen petition.

The 44 unit Kibby Mountain unit has already destroyed the views from Bingham/Moscow. Record Hill Wind has ruined the views of The beautiful  Swift river valley. Sugarloaf in Dixfield is another to say nothing of the remainder of the State.

Industrial wind opponents need to really need to step up and attend hearings and testify as well as write the Legislature, PUC , Governor , Public Advocate to stop this insanity.

I'll do my part but can not lead any opposition efforts.

Dudley Gray Rangeley Plt.

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Comment by Steve Thurston on November 21, 2017 at 1:19pm

Thanks for this Dudley.  The NextEra petition can be found here.   Their claims need to be rebutted.  

Comment by Marie Jane on November 21, 2017 at 10:38am

There are many groups around the globe willing to speak in one voice against industrial wind turbines ....... experience has taught that governments support the industrial wind turbine agenda and the wind industry makes the rules.  A win/win for the wind industry. Personally, I feel that the U.S. is the wind industries last frontier, our land (states like Maine), our oceans. The wind industry has done much damage around the world and to the benefit of the wind industry, the U.S. government wears blinders and refuses to learn from the realities of other countries ........ Australia, Germany, Denmark to name a few.

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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