Schoodic Lake: Public hearing set on financial contributions from proposed wind farm

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Public hearing set on financial contributions from proposed wind farm

COLUMBIA — Those who own property on Schoodic Lake have a chance to benefit from a proposal known as Downeast Wind.

Exactly how they will benefit will be determined in part from their input to the Washington County Commissioners. But, cautioned Commission Chairman Chris Gardner, the county can’t stop the project.

“The county’s role in this is not to approve or disapprove the project,” he said. If the proposal meets all legal requirements, it will move ahead.

Downeast Wind, proposed by Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Va., would involve the construction of 30 wind turbines on 22,000 acres the company is leasing off Route 1 in Columbia and townships 18 and 24 in the Unorganized Territory.............................

In order for that to move forward, a public hearing was required. Anticipating the possibility of misinformation about the project and the approval process, the county scheduled two hearings — one took place Jan. 9 and the other is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Washington County Courthouse in Machias.

“We added this kind of pre-public hearing to flesh out all the details that we could,” Gardner said, calling that first meeting a “dress rehearsal.”

An estimated 60 to 70 people attended the Jan. 9 hearing, which lasted more than two hours.

“There was a lot of emotion in the room,” Gardner said,...................................

Gardner told property owners that coming back in February and saying they need more time to come up with ideas will not stall or stop the project. The Land Use Planning Commission would, instead, negotiate a deal at its own discretion. Because only one of the commission’s 10 members — Betsy Fitzgerald — is from Washington County, the group could decide on terms that benefit regions outside the local area.

Read the full article at:

https://www.ellsworthamerican.com/featured/public-hearing-set-on-fi...

EARLIER

Maine's largest peatland threatened by 650' tall newly proposed turbines from Virginia based developer

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/proposal-to-erect-thirt...

Is the developer Apex somehow connected to D.E. Shaw?

Is this company connected to D.E. Shaw, the longtime half owner of First Wind?

D.E. Shaw subsidiary acquires Balko Wind

December 2014

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments purchases Balko Wind, in a transaction that highlights Apex’s broad capabilities to deliver attractive clean energy investment opportunities to its financial partners.

https://www.apexcleanenergy.com/our-story/

D.E. Shaw got its start when S. Donald Sussman staked them $28 million. See:

http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/maine-has-its-own-the-d...

Sussman was married to U.S. congresswoam Chellie Pingree. He owned Maine Today Media which owned virtually all of the big newspapers in Maine except for the Bangor Daily News. He allegedly sold this company to Reade Brower. Did he? Some people are not so sure.

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Comment by Penny Gray on January 23, 2020 at 5:26pm

I'm sure this sort of thing has been going on forever, but it seems to me as tho the wind industry made bribery legal.

 

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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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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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