Washington County Downeast Wind project under review by LUPC

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By Maureen Milliken

Plans for a $235 million wind farm in Washington County, in the works since 2013, are before the Maine Land Use Planning Commission for review, a final step before construction can begin.

The state Department of Environmental Protection passed the Apex Clean Energy project on to the commission for review last month after DEP determined the wind farm is an allowed use under its guidelines. The LUPC is the planning authority for the state's 10.4 million acres of unorganized territory.

Apex, of Chartlottesvile, Va., doing business as Downeast Wind LLC, plans the 126 megawatt, 30-turbine wind farm in the town of Columbia, where seven of the turbines will be, and adjacent unorganized territory of T18 and T24. Besides the turbines, the project will include a maintenance building, three temporary towers, electrical collections corridors, transmission lines, new access roads and improvement to existing roads.

The LUPC on May 19 determined that the wind project is an allowed use in the area, with no rezoning required, but is still reviewing whether the plans meet use requirements for the general management subdistrict, as well as protection districts for floodplains, great pond, remote recreation and wetland.

The commission has asked for additional site information from Apex, including more detailed maps about location of turbines and other elements, and a history of the land division on the site.

Apex officials said once permitting is complete, construction will begin this year or next, with the wind farm going online in 2023 or 2024. The company has said it expects to create six permanent jobs, as well as 164 temporary jobs during construction. The 126 megawatts produced annually is enough to power 38,000 homes, the company said.

While Apex is headquartered in Virginia, the local Downeast Wind development team includes Portland-based engineering company Stantec; Sewell Engineering, of Old Town; TJDA landscape architects, of Yarmouth; Portland law firm Verrill; Bodwell Enviroacoustics, of Brunswick; and energy development firm Flycatcher, of Brunswick...................

.....................Seven turbines will be in Columbia, along the northern edges of blueberry barrens and to the north of Baseline Road. Another six are in the Thousand Hills area of T18; six are in the Crebo Flat and Hawk Hill Road area of T18 and the remainder are in T24, according to the project description filed with LUPC.  

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https://www.mainebiz.biz/article/235m-downeast-wind-project-under-r...

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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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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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