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Wind Farm Plans Brewing in Aroostook County

Saturday April 5th, 2008
by Kevin Miller Bangor Daily News news story

A Texas company is courting Aroostook County landowners as it moves forward with plans for several large wind farms that could transform the landscape in some areas of northern Maine.

Horizon Wind Energy’s long-term plan envisions up to 400 turbines spinning in the farm fields and forests of Aroostook County.

Company officials say they are focusing on a forested area west of Bridgewater. But Horizon officials are keeping mum on additional locations, adding only that most are agricultural or forested sites in eastern Aroostook County.

Planning is still in the preliminary stages, but company officials say the wind-power facilities would likely be built in several phases if the projects survive the lengthy and costly regulatory process. Horizon, which operates wind farms in five other states, has not submitted any applications with Maine regulators.

But if Horizon officials’ vision comes to fruition, the suite of wind farms could produce up to 800 megawatts of pollution-free energy when operating at full capacity. The state of Maine uses 2,200 megawatts of power at peak demand in summer months.

That could also put Maine — already New England’s leader in wind power — into the upper echelon nationally of states tapping the wind for electricity....

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Comment by Penny Gray on September 22, 2013 at 6:23pm

How can these projects, that haven't even been permitted yet, and don't have the transmission lines to even transport that piddling power, be selling their power out of state to CT?  This must go way over the heads of our state government.

Comment by Martha thacker on September 22, 2013 at 1:05pm

Long Islander

"Horizon is among several companies urging ISO New England to build new transmission lines connecting northern Maine to the New England power grid."

Since all Maine wind farm power stops at Orrington. You would think the PUC would say no. But then the ME PUC wasn't even invited to the hearing between FERC and ISO New England. Methinks this entire heist is not in the hands of ME politicians and people. At least the politicians get something out of it..WE get higher eclectric bills. If the transmission lines ever do get built, stetson I and II will have to be decommissioned due to age.It is way past time for "oops, we had no idea" to work. This is criminals taking ME land for a Wall Street scheme.

Comment by Penny Gray on September 22, 2013 at 9:02am

Number 9 wind factory is going to sprawl over 20,000 acres.  What's the impoundment area of Maine's largest hydro dam or the foot print of Maine's largest gas fired power plant?  How could any industrial factory take up 20,000 acres?  Who knew that Maine's rural areas were going to be transformed into one enormous factory in order to satisfy southern New England's lust for politically "green" and relatively useless wind turbines?

Comment by Jim Lutz on September 22, 2013 at 7:42am

WOW!!!!  800 MW at full capacity!!!!!  The only problem there is that none of the Maine wind facilities have ever produced more than 25% of their full capacity, and they rarely produce anything when they are needed the most.  That would amount to 200 or less MW of power which is less than 10% of what is needed for peak power.  We in Maine produce over 4,500 MW of power using hydro, gas and renewables (not wind), so we don't really need it here.  400 turbines would cost the taxpayers in excess of a billion dollars, dollars we don't currently have.  Doesn't anyone out there realize this is a ripoff of the largest scale??? 

Comment by Long Islander on September 21, 2013 at 11:05pm

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But one of the biggest obstacles Horizon may face is power transmission.

Dawe said the company wants to connect to the New England power grid — where the demand for power from renewable sources is greatest — rather than to the electricity infrastructure in nearby New Brunswick. Horizon is among several companies urging ISO New England to build new transmission lines connecting northern Maine to the New England power grid."

Isn't it true the grid already cannot absorb additional wind electricity?

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/

 

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

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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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