Why no opponents interviewed? - Bait & switch two miles off Monhegan

UMaine enlists 2 companies to provide $100 million for offshore wind project

by Charles Eichacker

The University of Maine has enlisted two prominent renewable energy developers to provide $100 million in funding for the school’s offshore wind demonstration project about two miles south of Monhegan Island. 

The project, which has been in the works for years, is expected to be completed in 2023. It will be 14 miles offshore and consist of a single concrete floating platform that supports a 10–12 megawatt wind turbine, the university said Wednesday. 

The two companies that are providing funding for the project are Diamond Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Corp., and RWE Renewables, the second largest company in offshore wind globally. Under a joint venture called New England Aqua Ventus LLC, they will also lead the construction, deployment and operations of the turbine.

The university’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center will handle the design, engineering, research and development for the project and monitor it once it’s operating.

In addition to generating electricity that will be sent to the Maine grid, the project is meant to help the university evaluate the floating technology so as to demonstrate how future offshore wind projects can coexist with other marine activities, University of Maine spokesperson Margaret Nagle said.

“An immediate priority for the new development team is to engage with the fishing industry, other maritime users, coastal communities and other interested parties on how to ensure this new renewable energy source can optimally provide economic growth to Maine and work with maritime industries,” Nagle said.

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Where are the interviews with opponents?

University of Maine enters into public-private offshore wind venture worth $147 million

............The terms, initially forged in 2013, require CMP residential customers to pay 23 cents per kilowatt-hour in the first year (at least three times above market value) and incrementally more each year thereafter, reaching 35 cents after 20 years. ......................


Gov. Janet Mills, who campaigned to replace LePage on a platform that included more focus on renewable energy, announced Wednesday that Maine is joining New Hampshire and Massachusetts on a regional task force related to renewable energy activities in federal waters in the Gulf of Maine.

“This new public-private partnership joins world-class offshore wind developers and the University of Maine, and puts us on track to be home to the nation’s first floating offshore wind project, reflecting the major economic growth opportunity of the clean energy economy,” Mills said in a prepared statement. “I am pleased this project is moving forward, and encouraged by the partners’ strong commitment to work collaboratively with Maine fishermen to protect and support our traditional industries as we chart a greener future for our state.”

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Maine’s high court wrestles with lawsuit holding major implications for CMP corridor

Maine’s high court wrestled on Wednesday with arguments in a lawsuit aiming to stop a November vote on a question aiming to kill Central Maine Power’s controversial hydropower corridor proposal that could have major implications for the project’s path.

At stake is more than the $1 billion project and a high-dollar campaign being waged against the possibly unconstitutional referendum by CMP and Hydro-Quebec, the province-owned utility. The case tests the power of Mainers to overrule state regulators and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s typical unwillingness to wade into political disputes during an election.

Avangrid, CMP’s parent company, filed a lawsuit in May against Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, seeking to stop his office from putting the question to kill the corridor proposal on the 2020 ballot, arguing that it violates a separation of powers provision in the Maine Constitution......................


In oral arguments on Wednesday before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Avangrid attorney John Aromando said that choosing to not weigh in on the question prior to the November election would be a failure on the court’s part. He implored judges not to take “cede an important constitutional function of the judiciary to the legislative branch.”

“It is impossible to overstate how important it is for this court to decline that invitation,” he said.

Judges, however, questioned why the courts should take away people’s right to vote on a measure aiming to compel the Legislature to act. They also probed how Dunlap’s office could allow the question to go forward even if he thought it was unconstitutional.

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Comment by Kenneth Capron on August 10, 2020 at 11:44am

How does CMP end up paying extra for this electricity?  All these new energy sources seem to be costing consumers more. Clean but costly? And why is UMO involved in this megabucks wager? Could we just build an offshore nuclear plant and force CMP to buy that power? Don't we already produce more electricity than we can use? Won't this have an impact on whales? Infrasound kills whales doesn't it?

Comment by Willem Post on August 6, 2020 at 1:16pm

A 10 to 12 MW wind turbine is at least 700 feet tall.

It will be a monster, as seen from Mohegan Island.

It will have red strobe lights flashing, 24/7/365, for decades

It will emit a lot of low frequency noise, aka infrasound, which is harmful to human and animal health.

People with heart conditions will be most affected.

It should be located at least 10 to 15 miles from the Island, as is done in Scotland, Denmark, Germany, to reduce various impacts on people.

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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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(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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