Wind Power

  • DEP Staff Recommends Rejecting Carroll Plantation Wind Farm.
  • First Wind proposes New England’s largest wind farm in central Maine
    First Wind, the Boston-based company that operates five wind farms in Maine, has submitted an application to build a wind farm north of Skowhegan. If approved, it would be New England’s largest.
  • Falmouth Town Meeting voters refuse to fund removal of wind turbines The Falmouth Bulletin, 5/10/13, By Scott Giordo.
    Falmouth Town Meeting voters, on April 9, failed to pass a proposed warrant article authorizing the town to seek special legislation to borrow about $8 million to remove the two wind turbines at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility. In total, Article 22 states it would cost the town an estimated $14 million to remove both Wind 1 and Wind 2 – including all expenses and debts.

    Although Article 22 received a 175-72 majority vote, it failed to yield the 2/3 majority needed for a vote on borrowing money. Selectmen plan to present an amended warrant article when special Town Meeting resumes at 7 p.m. April 10 at the Lawrence School auditorium.

  • NPR May 17, 2013
    In the Cape Cod community of Falmouth, voters will decide if two, town-owned wind turbines will be taken down. Dozens have complained of headaches, insomnia and other issues since the first turbine started spinning in 2010.

    Next week, voters in Falmouth, Massachusetts decide whether to spend $14 million to tear down two wind turbines - or turbines if you prefer. The Cape Cod town installed these turbines just three years ago in an effort to produce renewable energy and cut costs. Nearby residents says the turbines are a health hazard and that the only cure is to take them down....
    Listen
    Read the transcript.

  • Dr. Alec Salt: Wind Turbines are Hazardous to Human Health
    Infrasound: Your ears “hear” it but they don't tell your brain.
  • Understanding noise impacts from industrial wind farms
  • Wisconsin Farmer decides not to host wind turbines and tells us why
    Doug Fries speaks about why he decided not to host Invenergy's wind turbines on his farm land an event hosted by Brown County Citizens for Responsible Wind Energy [BCCRWE] in February of 2010 at VanAlbles in the Town of Holland, Brown County, Wisconsin. Video courtesy of BCCRWE. Visit their website at bccrwe.com.
  • Why Wind Power Blows
  • 20 Facts about Wind Power -
    The Facts about Wind Energy Development in Maine

    Starting on page 19....

    When asked if they think wind generated electricity
    is good, affordable, green, useful, and necessary most
    people will say ”Yes, of course.” But the fact is, none
    of the above has ever been proven. Wind generated
    electricity has been effectively shielded from scrutiny
    by marketing and lobbying, with no obligation to verify
    its claims. But despite popular belief, wind generated
    electricity has high impact and low benefit to Maine’s
    economy and environment. Following are 20 reasons to
    take a closer look.

  • Wind Turbine Syndrome on Vinalhaven
    For Those Near, the Miserable Hum of Clean Energy
    “It would seem to be time for the wind utility developers to rethink their plans for duplicating these errors and to focus on locating wind turbines in areas where there is a large buffer zone of about a mile and one-quarter between the turbines and people’s homes,” said Mr. James, the principal consultant with E-Coustic Solutions, based in Michigan.
    The Fight Over Wind in Vinalhaven
  • GAO report: The govt has gotten a little heavy-handed with these wind subsidies, huh?
  • Trump on the slowing economy, unemployment rate Mr. Trump begins discussing energy at about the 5:45 mark in this interview from last night. The part where he slams wind is at about the 6:40 mark.
  • Falmouth Town Voters To Decide Fate of Wind Turbines
    Falmouth selectmen, finance committee stand firm on removing turbines
    Falmouth Town Meeting Voters Refuse To Fund Removal of Wind Turbines
    The Falmouth Experience: The Trouble With One Town’s Wind Turbine
    My Falmouth Wind I Experiment
    Vote To Remove Falmouth's Wind Turbines Could Have Far-Reaching Impact
    Falmouth To Vote On Removing Wind Turbines
  • Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting Wind Pieces
    Compliments of Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power - Maine for putting links to all these interesting articles in one location.
  • The Wind Production Tax Credit: Corporate Welfare at its Worst by Bonner R. Cohen, Ph.D.
    National Policy Analysis. #644, December 2012.
  • Governor LePage's Weekly Message: Mainers Need Affordable Electricity Now
  • Wind Task Force: Oakfield-Chester Line
  • Maine DEP Concerned By State Board's Overturning of Department Wind Power Project Denial
  • Saponic Pond value (BDN Opinion, March 20, 2013)
  • In 2000, I purchased Black Island, in the middle of Saponic Pond, because of the beauty and majesty of Passadumkeag Mountain. A little bit of Maine not covered with industrial sprawl.

    This was before the discussion of wind turbines being built on Passadumkeag. I already see 14 wind turbines with their nightly red pulsating lights, aircraft beacons, to the north of my island.

    Now Texas-based company Quantum Utility is appealing the decision of the Department of Environmental Protection to deny its permit on grounds of “unreasonable scenic impact.”

    Quantum Utility and Reed and Reed propose to build 460-foot industrial turbines to the east and southeast of my island. How will I be able to enjoy the starry night sky? I will be surrounded by 28 turbines, a victim of the cumulative effect of industrial wind turbine proliferation. Do people think they will stop there?

    In reading Jackson Parker’s March 18 OpEd, “ Let wind turbines stand on Passadumkeag Mountain,” I took offense at his comments on water quality. We cook, swim, fish and wash with Saponic Pond water, and we have since we purchased our island.

    It’s interesting to note that his piece primarily addresses the financial aspect of the wind development. His position is off source; the issue at hand is the denial of a permit by the DEP, on grounds of “unreasonable scenic impact.”

    My question to anyone who reads the OpEd: How would you like an industrial wind turbine development surrounding your vacation dream spot?

    William Wilson

    Woolwich

  • Research Suggests Scientists have Overestimated Capacity of Wind Farms to Generate Power
  • Delinquent $1.5 million tax bill lost in paper trail
  • Full brief submitted by Fox Islands Wind Neighbors to Maine Superior Court
  • Obama’s Green-Energy, Crony-Corruption by Marita Noon
  • Big Wind Energy Subsidies: A Hurricane of Carnage, Cronyism and Corruption by Christine Lakatos
  • windturbinepropertyloss.org
  • S-Wind-Le Mind Your Own Business Radio with Debi Davis, on December 22nd, 2012

    Brad Blake is a prominent critic of wind power development in Maine and a founder of the Citizens’ Task Force on Wind Power. Brad is a native of Lincoln, a graduate of the University of Maine, and currently lives in Cape Elizabeth. His varied working career once allowed him to live for several years in Maine’s mountains. It was the development of a wind power project in his hometown area of Lincoln Lakes and the threat to his beloved mountains that galvanized his activism in this controversial issue.
  • The Cost of Wind Power Frontline Strategies’ Mark Standriff on how green energy job creation has fared in California.

  • Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce on the debate over whether to extend tax credits for wind energy.
  • The Multiple Distortions of Wind Subsidies by Phil Gramm, The Wall Street Journal, December 25, 2012.
    Producers get so much from the government that they can pay utilities to take their power and still make a profit.
  • Let’s Be Gone With the Wind by John Fund, National Review Online, December 28, 2012. Why subsidize an industry that kills millions of birds and has no environmental benefit?
  • Industrial Wind Turbines Could Cause Sleep Loss Study Claims
    Bangor Daily News, 11/27/12
  • Getting Past the Hype Behind Wind Energy The Hill's Congress Blog, 11/16/12, by John Droz, Jr., founder, Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED)

    Another good link: Production Tax Credit Facts
  • Maine DEP Staff Advises Rejection of Passadumkeag Mountain Wind Site
    Bangor Daily News 11/01/12.
    GRAND FALLS TOWNSHIP, Maine — Staff at the state’s top environmental agency recommended the denial Thursday of an application to build a 14-turbine industrial wind site on Passadumkeag Mountain, saying the windmills would disrupt a “one-of-a-kind” view from Saponac Pond.

    If Commissioner Patricia Aho accepts the draft decision next week, the project will be the first industrial wind site rejected by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, spokeswoman Samantha Depoy-Warren said. The deadline for responses to the draft decision is 5 p.m. Wednesday.....

  • Death Knell for Wind Farms: 'Enough is Enough' says Minister.
    The Telegraph, 11/1/12 By Robert Winnett, Political Editor
    Enough is Enough
  • Grid lock | An old transmission network takes the sizzle out of renewable energy plans
    "The benefits: A smart grid would allow the integration of variable energy sources like wind and solar. For example, if electricity output dropped suddenly due to a change in wind generation, the grid could dim the lights in big box stores by 20%, a change most people don't perceive, say Don Von Dollen, program manager for the IntelliGrid project at the Electric Power Research Institute. ...
    The Brattle Group, a consulting group based in Cambridge, Mass., estimates a national smart grid would initially cost $900 billion over the next two decades, according to CNN Money. "

    Researchers have been studying innovative ways to add information technology to the grid to help manage the variable load by creating what's known as a Smart Grid, but these solutions could be years out. Right now, getting large wind developments in northern Maine on to the grid would mean paying to build additional transmission on top of the Maine Power Connection. But so far, neither Aroostook Wind nor Maine Public Service Co. is willing to take on that cost. "Generally, wholesale power prices are declining, and the prices we would have realized in Aroostook County have gone down," says Brian Lammers, regional development director for Horizon Wind Energy, Aroostook Wind's parent company. "Our company is not willing to absorb significant cost of transmission at this time."
  • Mainers Demand Criminal Investigation into Smart Meter Fees
  • Wind Will Be Difficult to Integrate into the Grid
    "Unless new storage technologies can be developed, the addition of wind capacity to the electrical grid will not be able to do much in reducing the use of other fuels. The important thing is not gross output but the matching of supply and demand."
  • How Independence Wind helped shape Maine's expedited wind law
    Angus King's partner in Independence Wind sent the following letter to the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power's chairman Alec Giffen. Gardiner's suggestions about preventing objections based on scenic impact and the unrebuttable presumption about wind power's benefits were incorporated into the law. At the time King and Gardiner already had their MET towers up in Roxbury, and they needed to bulletproof the project against it's drastic impacts on the scenic character of Roxbury Pond which can be seen here: Video link.

    Reading this stuff really makes you wonder where these folks heads were...thinking about the good of Maine or about how to cram as many industrial wind farms onto Maine's ridge lines. [BB]
  • Wind Turbines can be Hazardous to Human Health Alec N. Salt, Ph.D., Cochlear Fluids Research Laboratory, Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Mainers Paying More for Electricity As Compared to National Average

  • If you can’t see grid scale wind turbines from your home, it may be time to reconsider.

    Friends of Maine Mountains full page ad in the Portland Press Herald.
  • Idle Kahuku wind farm still costing ratepayers
  • Wind-power agenda fuels CMP increases
  • Vermont Energy Options.Watch this video. It is about wind farms in Vermont, but
    the issues are the same for wind farms in Maine, on East Grand Lake. [BB]
  • A few more interesting links.


    Broken Wind Turbine Blades Create Mountainous Waste Problem

    A Problem With Wind Power

    Portsmouth Wind Turbine Goes Offline Again

    The reality of wind turbines in California – video
    Maintenance-like any other man-made machine, wind mills need to be maintained in order to remain operational. [BB]

  • If you Google "wind subsidies" some of the following links might be found. This is how your tax dollars are being spent.
    Is this really how you want your tax dollars to be used? [BB]


    First Wind - DOE Loan and Stimulus Gift


    Every single one of the wind projects set up in the USA is created using a single purpose legal/corporate structure that removes all individual legal and financial liability of the developer/owner/investor/lender to the project. If a project fails for any reason the principles just walk away and the local community and/or state are stuck with the project as is.

    DOE loan guarantees mean a commercial lender will put up the cash loan for the balance of project cost with the full faith and credit of the US government to pay off the loan if there is a default (a/k/a the Solyndra deal). Most wind deals have been funded using a 50%/50% investor and lender ratio. However, it appears that Record Hill may be close to the maximum 80% debt (too bad for the taxpayers). Commercial lenders have strict credit criteria and are not inclined generally to lend to projects where there are too many unknown risks and little if no collateral value (i.e. if a wind project fails due to mechanical operating failure, low energy generation and/or low prices what value does a project have?)

    Investors have little or no project risks because they derive 100% of their return on investment from the tax benefits. As long as a project is "available" to produce power (IRS definition) the investor can claim the tax shelter on its tax return. A project does not have to produce power for the investor to claim the tax deductions. After the first 6 years the investor doesn't care if a project fails because they had their full investment and profit returned. That is why you see many of these projects with partnership agreements between the developer and the investor whereby the developer has the option to buy out the investor at a bargain price the end of year ten if the project remains viable.
    “One has to ask why energy sources such as wind need so much help if they are so viable an alternative,” said Eric Rosenbloom, president of National Wind Watch Inc. “Perhaps they are not so viable at all but rather just a politically popular symbol of a certain strain of ‘green’ thinking.

    “Twenty years of grants and tax breaks haven’t worked yet,” Rosenbloom added, “so it is unlikely that this latest round will have any effect on our energy mix — but it will cause more wind energy facilities to be built, irreparably destroying yet more rural and wild areas of this country.”


    Wind Energy Stimulus Money to other Countries


    Maine wind farm gets stimulus funds


    GE Dumps Offshore Wind-Power Plans AFTER Collecting $125 Million In Stimulus From Taxpayers For Wind Projects


    GE was awarded 44 contracts totaling over $46,000,000 and 44 grants totaling more than $79,000,000 from the Obama-Pelosi $757 billion dollar stimulus package. Millions of dollars in stimulus funds were used by GE in green energy projects.

    Today GE announced that it was going to gut its offshore wind-power plans.


    Let's Talk About Outsourcing


    Obama's Stimulus included $8.5 billion in grants for wind farms, and more than half of that money blew overseas, either to foreign developers or to foreign wind turbine manufacturers. Our money created thousands of jobs overseas while the U.S. wind energy industry lost 10,000 jobs last year.


    Wind Power--Government Subsidies


    Wind and solar companies are telling Congress that they cannot be truly competitive and keep creating jobs without a few more years of government support.


    Wind at their backs: Powerful Democrats help Chinese energy firm chase stimulus money


    Top Democratic fundraisers and lobbyists with links to the White House are behind a proposed wind farm in Texas that stands to get $450 million in stimulus money, even though a Chinese company would operate the farm and its turbines would be built in China.


    Truth on Obama outsourced your job overseas & A Record of Failure


    Wind Energy Subsidies are as Useful as VHS Tape Subsidies

  • Maine Wind Energy Development Assessment Report and Recommendations, March 2012 - Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security.

    An interesting report that has some recommendations that make sense, but the real question is how will these recommendations be put into effect? Is this just a politically motivated, feel good report? Or will the LePage administration put these recommendations into action? And if so, when? At the rate wind farm projects are being built, the natural beauty, and "quality of place" of Maine is quickly vanishing. [BB]

    One of the recommendations:

    Amend the wind law to identify “those regions and view sheds that are most
    critical to the state’s recreational and tourism economy and would be
    unacceptably degraded by any significant level of wind power development” and
    “remove any area within fifteen miles of them from the Expedited Permitting
    Area (EPA)” unless the wind project is not visible from them.
    --How soon can these recommendations be put into effect? With each new project, more "critical regions and view sheds" are destroyed. [BB]

    Another recommendation:

    Provide post-construction noise monitoring of an approved wind project.
    --It will be too late by "post-construction" time to mitigate the sources for noise violations short of modifying hours of operation or turning off the turbine, and this is not what operators want to do. [BB]

    Another recommendation:

    Amend the wind law to require scenic impact evaluations to eight miles, with a
    fifteen mile standard option and provisions made for review to greater distances.
    --Okay. Eight miles or even fifteen miles is a good distance to evaluate the impact, but what will be done with these "evaluations?" Will they carry enough weight to prevent a permit from being issued? [BB]

    Another recommendation:

    Require that standard permit conditions for wind projects include requirements
    that decommissioning payments be made in the form of a performance bond,
    surety bond, letter of credit, parental guaranty or other acceptable form of
    financial assurance.
    --If wind developers complain they will not be able to afford these "up front" expenses, then perhaps, the wind developers do not have the required up front capital to adequately finance the project. [BB]

    Straight from the report:

    Federal Tax Subsidy. The federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) of $21/MWh is set to
    expire in December 2012. The PTC is a major incentive for wind development
    representing over 20% of total revenue for the first ten-year period of a project.
    --Without your tax dollars, these wind turbines would not be as profitable for the developers. Our tax dollars are paying for the destruction of the special regions and scenic vistas that we love. How nice. [BB]

    Straight from the report:

    Transmission restraints will need to be eliminated so that Maine wind generation can
    reach the New England market. ...there will need to be a transmission investment needed to “connect” to the ISO-NE system.
    --There is no need to wonder why a major upgrade to transmission is being made now. Reliability? For the good of Maine? Right. [BB]
  • Spanish Renewable Lessons for Obama
    For over a decade Spain has accumulated nearly 25 billion euro in debt –equivalent to more than half of the urgent capitalization needs of its distraught financial system- mostly in the form of subsidies for wind and solar energy.

    Basically the country did not pass along to consumers the cost of generating around 30 percent of its electricity through renewable sources, and faced with the prospect of a macroeconomic sovereign collapse it has decided to hike taxes for power utilities, to increase consumer prices, and to cut some of the generous subsidies that the renewable industry has enjoyed.

  • LePage Wind Power a Boutique Energy Source
  • Wind Power Numbers Just Dont Add Up, David Baumann, July 29, 2012.
  • Turbine tower section dumped into a ditch.

    Not an isolated event.

    The effort to pull a wind turbine tower base out of a ditch on Interstate 91 shut down the southbound lane between Newport City and Orleans for nearly three hours Friday morning.
    The call went out for a crane large enough to lift the load off the trailer. Bay Crane Northeast from Foxboro, Mass., responded driving all night to reach the accident location.
  • Rollins Wind can there be High Annoyance
    The percentage of the community that is highly annoyed by wind turbine noise levels is predicted to be high near the turbines and lessens with distance. Up to a two-mile setback appears necessary to minimize community disruption.
  • PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT (PTC): UNFAIR by Wesley Coopersmith 07/27/2012
    It's time for our federal government to end programs that only benefit a small number of states. If each individual state wants to create its own wind energy program, that is ok. What's not ok is the federal government forcing taxpayers across the nation to fund a program that for the most part, benefits them in no immediate way. This is especially the case when the PTC is aiding an industry that provides less than 3 percent of electricity generated in the country.
  • Watch these videos!
  • Iowa wind turbine burns.
  • Senator Lamar Alexander stating why the PTCs should not be renewed. March 6, 2012.
  • Australian wind farm drives home owners away. Australian new setback is 2km! I believe this video shows a wind farm build before that setback was in effect. BB
  • Wind turbine noise limit reduced slightly
    but lower limits (35dBa) would have been better.
  • Blowing in the Wind
    Read the article. Read the user comments.
  • Perhaps the developers of the Greenland Ridge wind farm should consider an alternate site for their farm. Their competitors obviously are.
  • WINDMILLS IN WESTERN NEW YORK AND THE GREAT LAKES OF ERIE AND ONTARIO.............Pros & Cons and other discussions
  • Vanishing Vacationland by By Jim Lutz, May 10, 2012
  • When resident Esu Anahata commented on his prospect of suffering the visual effects of the turbines: “It seems like I am getting caught somewhere between ‘unfair’ and ‘unfortunate.’” Penobscot County Commissioner Chairman Tom Davis replied "It's the American way"--really Chairman Davis? This the American way? Shoving these monstrosities down the throats of local residents?
  • Baldacci Not LePage Rushed Important Law
  • Energy Firms Announced Wind Deal Despite Risk Posed by Legal Appeal
    The PUC has overstepped its authority with this deal, and now they are being taken to court. Scroll down past the article and read Patten_Pete's comments.
  • Industrial Wind Turbines Don't belong Towering over East Grand Lake, Maine
    My own rant about turbines towering over East Grand. I conclude by mentioning the Maine DEP is charged with protecting and restoring Maine's natural resources. Unfortunately, the Maine
    DEP has never met a wind project it has not liked. The Maine DEP needs to start living up to its mission--to protect--so it doesn't have to restore. BB

  • Troubled turbine in Falmouth, Massachusetts, could influence how windmills are approved throughout the state
    If this story did not involve so much money, it would be almost amusing. A wind turbine goes looking for a home, and a town tries to give it one. Unfortunately, it is so noisy, and generates such complaints, the solution is to shut it down at night. Later it is decided to keep if off-line completely (i.e. 24/7) until more noise tests can be conducted.
    Falmouth wind turbine found to be too loud

  • Vinalhaven wind turbine noise complaint by neighbors moves closer to its day in court
    31 May 2012.
    If you are really a glutton for punishment, read the following description of the events leading up to this court case, step by step. It is no wonder there is little confidence in the Maine DEP for providing fair and impartial rulings.
  • A great article from Counterpunch that provides a great view of what has happened in Vinalhaven, Maine, and what we are working to prevent.

    A brief excerpt:

    Dead still. So quiet that a conversation can carry a mile. Hundreds of feet above the island, wind shear picks up the turbine blades and hurls them around (The sardonic anthem of turbine advocates on Vinalhaven is “Spin, baby, spin”.) casting sound pulses through moisture heavy air. At other times, sound from the turbines skips like a rock on the surface of a cove.


  • The Facts about Wind Energy Development in Maine
    from the Friends of Maine’s Mountains.

    When asked if they think wind generated electricity is good, affordable, green, useful, and necessary most people will say ”Yes, of course.” But the fact is, none of the above has ever been proven. Wind generated electricity has been effectively shielded from scrutiny by marketing and lobbying, with no obligation to verify its claims. But despite popular belief, wind generated electricity has high impact and low benefit to Maine’s economy and environment. Following are 20 reasons to take a closer look.

  • Bangor Daily News Prints Demonstrably False Statement On Wind Energy Subsidies, Leaves Statement Unchallenged

    "Page 15 of the EIA Report clearly shows that in fiscal year 2010, the
    wind industry received $4.9 BILLION in subsidy and support from the
    federal government, while other industries, lagged far behind. The
    nuclear power industry: $2.5 BILLION; coal industry: $1.35 BILLION;
    natural gas and petroleum liquids industry: $2.8 BILLION; biomass
    industry: $1.1 BILLION; hydro-electricity: $216 MILLION, and almost
    all other industries were dwarfed by the subsidy and support the wind
    industry received from the federal government."
  • First Wind Satisfied with Electricity Output in 2011 "Maine’s four First Wind industrial wind sites generated about 27 to 37 percent of their capacity in 2011 — and thereby performed within wind industry standards for projects of their size, a company spokesman said Saturday."


    As a tax payer, as a rate payer, as a Maine citizen or as a steward of East Grand Lake, are you satisfied with this type of return on investment? Destroying the mountain tops and scenic vistas of Maine...“Maine’s No. 1 asset is its quality of place. It’s an asset that cannot be duplicated anywhere on the east coast. " Giving millions of dollars in subsidies to the wind developers and to be happy with 27 to 37 percent capacity? This just reinforces my belief that these wind farms are not being sited in appropriate locations. There are better locations than the mountain tops of Maine. There is much more wind off shore for instance. Bill B. 5/22/12

  • Wind Thieves Rake in ARRA Funds
    by Brad Blake on May 18, 2012
    ARRA Sec.1603 Grants Awarded to Maine Wind Projects
    Name of Project Amount Date
    Evergreen Wind Power III, LLC $53,246,347 12/29/2011
    Evergreen Wind Power V, LLC $40,441,471 9/1/2009
    Stetson Wind II, LLC $19,328,865 5/27/2010
    TransCanada Maine Wind Development Inc. $44,591,705 3/24/2011

  • Maine wind power permitting,
    January 6, 2012 by Monique Aniel MD and Steve Thurston

    These comments were prepared in response to issues raised in the review of wind power permitting by the Maine Office of Energy Independence and Security as requested by the legislature in resolve LD 1366. The authors co-chair Citizen’s Task Force on Wind Power, a statewide coalition of more than 400 citizens concerned about the proliferation of industrial wind projects in Maine

    Refusal of DEP to hold public hearings on controversial aspects of wind project applications, particularly noise. The DEP has never held a public hearing on a wind project, preferring "public meetings" which do not allow cross examination of witnesses, documentation in the record of how every piece of evidence is considered, or the development of findings of fact and a conclusion based on all testimony in the record. Evidence which supports the issuance of a permit is cherry picked, while evidence which does not support the decision is ignored, instead of being examined and responded to. The preponderance of the evidence is not established and permits are issued without sufficient justification. The public is not well served when its ability to fully participate in a fair and open adjudicatory proceeding is denied.

  • What do "local businessmen" think about industrial wind farms?

  • Property Values decrease by 40% if view of wind turbines!

  • Acoustic Ecology: An amazing, informative website on the issues of noise and wind turbines.

  • When people talk about jobs and revenues for your towns, think about this article.Read the comments that follow the article!

  • Although this of from last August, read the article, and then read the comments from the readers. Will similar articles be written about Danforth and East Grand Lake
    in the near future? Just how much has the Rollins Wind Farm "helped" Lincoln?


  • Picture of Stetson turbines at Hot Brook Pond and following comments by Brad Blake, July 31, 2010:

    Note also, they crammed in turbines well below the ridgeline. It proves that industrial wind is not about electricity, its about sticking up as many as possible to gain the most subsidies from taxpayers! Stetson II wouldn't even exist, if it weren't for the misguided largess of the Obama administration when they gave an outright grant of $115 million to First Wind to keep it from going bankrupt in Sept. 2009. Stetson II had been mothballed---nothing happening---until $40.4 million of your taxpayer dollars went into its construction. Now these turbines are there, not producing electricity because there is no capacity on Bangor Hydro line 61, but they are all paid for and the REC's sold for millions. First Wind rescued, but Jimmey Mt. and Owl Mt. and Upper & Lower Hot Brook ponds "Quality of Place" ruined forever! What a scam!

    Hot Brook is just southwest of Danforth and is now overshadowed by the Stetson Turbines.

  • Some excellent articles about the noise from wind turbines by Stephen Ambrose and Robert Rand of Rand Acoustics.
    • Wind Turbine Noise: An independent assessment, noise complaints predictable:

    • "Applicants and regulators should have foreseen the very negative noise response from neighbors living near wind turbine sites. By their not adequately understanding the sound character generated by wind turbines, appropriate corrections to prevent annoyance were not included in the noise predictions. Wind turbine noise has a unique and visceral sound character, which may be perceived as being twice as loud as measured."


    • Wind Turbine Noise: An independent assessment of sound quality:

    • "The analysis of the sound emissions measured at Freedom reveals that industrial GE1.5MW wind turbines can exceed the Maine DEP nighttime noise limits out to 4000 feet and farther with stronger winds aloft. Are the currently used setback distances appropriate for MeDEP permitting?"


    • Wind turbine noise, an independent assessment:

    • "Wind turbines larger than one megawatt of rated power have become an unexpected surprise for many nearby residents by being much louder than expected. The sounds produced by blades, gearing, and generator are significantly louder and more noticeable as wind turbine size increases. Long blades create a distinctive aerodynamic sound as air shears off the trailing edge and tip. The sound character varies from a “whoosh” at low wind speeds to “a jet plane that never lands” at moderate and higher wind speeds. Blade-induced air vortices spinning off the tip may produce an audible “thump” as each blade sweeps past the mast. Thumping can become more pronounced at distance, described as “sneakers in a dryer,” when sounds from multiple turbines arrive at a listener’s position simultaneously."


    • Intro and link to the Bruce McPherson ILFN Study.
    • Wind Turbines: Noise Induced Annoyance.

  • Without the Production Tax Credits, these large scale wind farm developments don't look so profitable. Daily Business Report, March 3/21/2012 article by James Hall.

  • 80m Wind

  • Based on this map of the Maine Average Annual Wind at 80m height, there is a 6.5 to 7 m/s wind speed for Greenland Ridge, the site of the anticipated East Grand Lake wind farm. Cut-in speed (i.e. doesn't start producing power until reaching this point) for the Siemens SWT-2.3-10 turbine is 3-4m/s, and the power ratings are made at 12-13 ms/s. So, why site these towers in areas where the winds, on average, reach 50% of their power ratings?

  • 80m Wind

  • The majority of the southern and eastern halves of the state are in expedited wind permitting zones. Note that even though the map has "Proposed" in the title, this is what was in the final report. How were the Expedited Wind Power Permitting zones determined?

    "The map of that “Expedited Wind Zone,” was put together by the task force in closed-door meetings for which no written records were kept.--
    Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, WIND-POWER MANDATED GOALS LOOKING DISMAL FOR MAINE'S EFFORTS. · 3/30/2012
    Naomi Schalit and John Christie


  • The Wind Power Task Force final report contains a 50 m height wind map that rates the Greenland Ridge area as poor to marginal. So why would the government spend millions of your tax dollars subsidizing a large wind power project on Greenland Ridge, destroying the character and threatening the environment of one of Maine's most popular Class A lake?


  • Can you image 20 - 30 of these turbines or these towering over East Grand Lake along Greenland Ridge?

  • In this July 12, 2011, Sun Journal article by Mary Standard, Richard James, a mechanical engineer who focuses on environmental engineering proposes a 35dB sound limit at night and a mile and a half setback from houses.

  • The wind turbine noise Levels from the Oak Prairie Wind Turbine Noise Study, submitted by the developer are at 106dB at 10-20 feet from the turbines. There is a background night time noise level of 28-33 dB, and it raises to 42dB at 1300' from the turbines--the distance from his house!

  • The recent Danforth Wind ordinance imposes a turbine setback of 1500' from houses, and a 3/4 mile setback from the lake.
    • 1500' = 0.284 miles
    • 3960' = 0.75 miles
    • 7920' = 1.5 miles

  • Do you really want 428' tall turbines ONLY 1500' from your house? 3960' from the lake? Sound travels much further over open water than on wooded land. Sitting on your porch in the evenings, you may wonder what is that constant beating noise off in the distance. Long after sunset, it can't be a boat. Like a train that never ends, or a distant aircraft that never leaves the area, the calm quiet nights along East Grand Lake will be no more.

  • What do the people living near the wind turbines in Vinalhaven, Maine, have to say?
    This audio was from a December 19, 2009 WERU 89.9 FM Maine radio interview.
    Part 1. Part 2.

    Some recent updates on the Vinalhaven noise issues.


  • If you read only one article on wind power in Maine, read this: The Forest Ecology Network's The Maine Woods, vol. 12, number 1, January 2012

  • Ever wonder what happens when the wind companies go out of business?

  • East Grand Lake in mentioned near the end of this article by David Corrigan