Workshop on the Draft Wind Energy Act Standards

Public Workshop on the Draft Wind Energy Act Standards for Scenic Character, Shadow Flicker, Public Safety, Tangible Benefits, and Decommissioning


When and Where: Friday, January 27, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
University of Maine at Farmington
Lincoln Hall 111 South Street Farmington, Maine

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On Friday, January 27, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Farmington, the Department of Environmental Protection will be holding a workshop and presentation on a pre-rulemaking draft of a rule that will address certain standards in the Wind Energy Act. In July the Department held a similar workshop in the Bangor area. At the workshop, Mark Bergeron, the Director of the Bureau of Land Resources, will present changes to the draft rule in response to comments received, and describe plans for moving forward with the rulemaking process.

The draft rule will be pursuant to the rulemaking authority established in Public Law 2007, Chapter 661, Section E-2, and will address scenic character, shadow flicker, public safety, tangible benefits, and decommissioning. The draft rule will not address best practical mitigation measures, as this will be the subject of a future rulemaking pursuant to 35-A MRSA § 3459.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend so we can ensure that we have enough room. This is not part of the formal rulemaking process, which has not yet begun. We will also provide notice of the commencement of the rulemaking process when that occurs. The Department contact for this rule is Mark Margerum. He may be reached at:

Email: mark.t.margerum@maine.gov

Maine Department of Environmental Protection 17 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0017

Phone: 207-287-7842 Fax: 207-287-7191

Erle Townsend Policy Development Specialist Energy Regulation Office of the Commissioner Maine Department of Environmental Protection (207) 287-6115

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 27, 2017 at 6:37pm

Went to the meeting, will post video once completed. 2 hours. 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 22, 2017 at 9:26am

My schedule is clear so that I may attend this meeting to record. Hope to see others there as well. 

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 7, 2017 at 8:56am

This is allowing more occupation of Maine's land without fast-tracking the permitting process, however this is the time to get hopefully some greater prohibitions into the basics though they will have attempts to chisel away at them if we allow them.

Using historical data sets of land damages, sound and all other concerns that reflect the Truth results vs the unscientific claims would be a good basis starting point of prohibitions. Along with any yet used data such as I had observed with the flashing lighting at night appearing to be vehicles ahead for an unfamiliar driver. Images speak louder to those that can only imagine. 

Comment by Gary Campbell on January 7, 2017 at 8:45am

If we can't repeal the Wind Energy Act, this is the next best thing: modify the way the DEP evaluates permit applications and the conditions they will apply. There is much in this draft document that will benefit Maine at the expense of the wind developers.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on January 6, 2017 at 11:35pm

I am not sure If I will be able to attend, however If I can I shall. The Industry representation most likely will be there, so at least one of the Warriors should be there to give a reporting as best they can.  Video works best....  It will be interesting to see if the Bingham Lights from afar has perked any attention for Highway safety concerns. 

Comment by Hart Daley on January 6, 2017 at 10:44pm

Instead of only considering STATE or NATIONAL scenic considerations, the state should consider specific scenic character associated with individual towns. A perfect example is Dixfield, which recognizes (3) scenic resources that are specifically identified in it's comprehensive plan, that are extremely important to the character and identity of the town. These scenic resources (Colonel Holman Mountain / Sugarloaf Mountain & Webb River Falls) may not be significant to the State but are to the town itself!

 

Comment by Donna Amrita Davidge on January 6, 2017 at 6:29pm

decommission them all- would that not be fabulous? god luck with the meeting folks! hope it goes well

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/

 

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CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

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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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