Yesterday we learned of the Number Nine Wind Farm, a 250 megawatt wind project to be built in Aroostook County, Maine. The developer is EDP Renewables North America LLC, which the state described as "an international leader in large-scale wind installations."
Formerly Horizon Wind and then gobbled up by Goldman Sachs in 2005 and sold to Energias de Portugal in 2007, this Portuguese-owned company is here to harvest the extraordinarily fat and misguided subsidies courtesy of the largely unwitting U.S. taxpayer. The streets may not be paved with gold, but they are paved sufficiently with corrupt government officials and misguided do-gooders, that it's just as good. Maine as third world nation.
From their website:
Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), a vertically-integrated utility company, headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal, is the majority shareholder of EDPR. EDP Group is Portugal´s largest industrial group and one of Europe´s primary energy companies. Currently, it is the Iberian Peninsula´s third largest energy operator with business interests in generation, distribution and supply of electricity and gas in Portugal and Spain. Additional to its leadership position in the Iberian Peninsula, EDP Group also holds a significant position in the Brazilian electricity sector.