A. Barnett: Wind tower concerns continued

Recently I attended a public hearing in Dixfield about a wind tower ordinance proposed by the selectmen. The tone of the meeting was set when the selectmen declared they wanted a grid-scale wind power project on Colonel Holman Mountain for monetary reasons.

I don't think they were ready for the 62 property owners from within two miles of the project and their very vocal, organized reactions.

Hart Daley repeatedly asked if the selectmen would reword parts of the ordinance to protect the Common Road citizens. Scott Belskis was very concise with his concerns and repeatedly came up with no answers from the selectmen.

The wind company CEO, Calvin Baumier, led most of the discussion. I addressed three real arguments against his reasoning for a grid-scale wind project.

He claimed that Carthage and Canton will have wind power. He argued that 4,000 feet from occupied homes is an adequate set-back. He then had Patriot Renewables' representative try to convince those 62 property owners that noise of 45 dBA would not bother them.

I said, "Mr. CEO, I can petition for a moratorium tomorrow for Carthage and Canton. I have scales of rural sound from 35 dBA down to 18 dBA. Yes, we will hear them and it will bother us." I also brought six sound-modeling maps showing that a one mile set-back is not enough.

The meeting ended without resolution. Once again, Colonel Holman Mountain residents were let down.

A moratorium petition will be at Dixfield's polls on June 12.

Alice McKay Barnett, Dixfield,

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Dan McKay's picture

Comparison of prices :

Comparison of prices : WIND: $99.70 per megawatt hour

Patriot Renewables, a developer, owner, and operator of commercial wind energy projects, is potentially looking to erect between 5-7 turbines at the Woodstock, Maine site, according to the U.S. Department of Energy website. There are currently 1.5 turbines there.
Norwood will be signing a fixed-rate, 15-year contract for the 17 percent share of the project.
The fixed rate would be set at $99.70 per megawatt hour, McDonald said. A megawatt hour is a measurement of energy.

GAS: $32.59 per megawatt hour

2012 First Quarter
Quarterly Markets Report ISO-NE
o Natural gas prices during the Reporting Period averaged $3.90/MMBtu, a 41% drop from the first quarter of 2011 (see Section 2.3).

Day-Ahead Energy Market prices during the Reporting Period averaged $32.59/MWh at the Hub, and Real-Time prices averaged $30.89/MWh (see Section 2.4). These are the lowest quarterly prices since the inception of Standard Market Design in 2003.

Dan McKay's picture

A mil rate analysis

Let’s figure out how a wind project effects mil rates in Dixfield.

Let’s assume a $40,000,000 wind project ( a number the developer has used and in the ball park for an 8 to 10 turbine farm )

Let’s assume a 4.5% growth in valuation for Dixfield, not counting the value of the wind project.( the average growth of valuation from 2002 to 2012 was 4.86%)

Let’s assume a 5% increase in municipal, school, and county budget ( this year, the combined total of these budgets are + 6.5%)

Let’s assume a $380,000 loss of state revenue sharing and school subsidies at year 4 of wind project.( A spreadsheet developed by a representative from the Maine Revenue Service shows a $380,000 plus loss. )

Let’s assume a 5% depreciation rate for wind project ( this is probably what Roxbury will settle on)

The 2012 mil rate = $18 per thousand dollars of value

YEAR 4 Wind Project Value = $32,580,250
Town Value = $170,699,044
Total = $203,279,294

YEAR 4 Funds to be raised by property taxes = $3,321,700
Loss of state and school subsidies = $380,000
Funds to be raised, total = $3,701,700

YEAR 4 Mil Rate = $18.21 per thousand dollars of value.

A $40,000,000 wind project would constitute 21% of the valuation of Dixfield for the first year.
It would constitute 9.3% of valuation for year 10
It would constitute 6.0% of valuation for year 15

Gary Steinberg's picture

Colman Mountain Abutters, YOU WILL HEAR THEM ! PERIOD!

Anyone within 2.5 miles may hear them and lose sleep from them!

DbC is real and not measured by Maine's DEP law at present.

Turbine Infra sound and Pressure changes are felt by some, and it is more than an annoyance.

Wind projects create an illegal taking of many properties becasue people move to excape, and all abutters up to three miles may hear them based on personal acoustic capacity.

All property values will be affected. Look at Lincoln's for sale listings please.
I live 2.2 miles from them, and have another property 2.75 miles from the Rollins project.
I have lost sleep from them, and others have as well.

Now Call me a liar!

Ask the wind developer to swear in on a bible, in court, to what he is stating about the noise issue.

PLEASE ----PROTECT YOURSELVES HOLMAN MOUNTAIN ABUTTERS!

If Calvin Baumier says you won't hear them from over 4000 feet, with some detrimental affects, well, CALL ME A LIAR!

As far as Dixfield abutters go, you had better PROTECT YOURSELVES.

I have never met a wind developer that did not openly lie!

It is their modus operandi!

ORDINANCE UP! ----------- AND NOW!

OR HAVE YOUR PROPERTIES BOUGHT FOR FULL MARKET VALUE-
as a starter in legal negotiations!

wind tower concerns

Alice, KUDO"S for calling it the way it really is when the wind companies tell only part of the story. Patriot Renewables came in to Woodstock, flashed the cash, got their project and it is clear that the sound measurements from their project projection was totally Wrong. the chart indicated that the sound level at my home wouldn't pass 35 dba. I have done sound meter measurements of 55 dba at 10 pm at night. It is clear that their projections where off by about 20 dba. When you look at a 20 dba difference most people just see 20 points of sound, what this really means is that the sound level is 2-3 times louder, not just 20 points on a measuring chart. People are doing the research and understanding the true sound affects from these projects. here's the kicker..... I am 1.2 miles from tower 1. My heart goes out to the people who live over at Concord Pond and Shagg Pond. They are less then 1 mile and are affected by multiple turbines.
It is very important to take the time and address the issues concerning Industrial Wind Turbines.The Township of Sumner did the research and should be praised for the hard work and research put into creating an ordinance that protects the people and community. Please create the committees, create a wind ordinance for your town. Put a moratorium(6 months) and do the research to protect your population and control how this industry lives in your town. Maine is self rule, all the way to townships and you have the right to create these ordinances. Claim your right to rule your town your way, not be controlled or influenced by industry. Don't be blinded by the money and forget to protect your township from being controlled by industry who is only in it for the profits gained by expansion..

Alice Barnett's picture

over a mile

according to the developers sound map for Spruce Mtn, Concord Pond's West shore is about 1 1/2 miles away from turbine center. Camp owners are complaining but is any one listening?

wind tower concerns

Alice, KUDO"S for calling it the way it really is when the wind companies tell only part of the story. Patriot Renewables came in to Woodstock, flashed the cash, got their project and it is clear that the sound measurements from their project projection was totally Wrong. the chart indicated that the sound level at my home wouldn't pass 35 dba. I have done sound meter measurements of 55 dba at 10 pm at night. It is clear that their projections where off by about 20 dba. When you look at a 20 dba difference most people just see 20 points of sound, what this really means is that the sound level is 2-3 times louder, not just 20 points on a measuring chart. People are doing the research and understanding the true sound affects from these projects. here's the kicker..... I am 1.2 miles from tower 1. My heart goes out to the people who live over at Concord Pond and Shagg Pond. They are less then 1 mile and are affected by multiple turbines.
It is very important to take the time and address the issues concerning Industrial Wind Turbines.The Township of Sumner did the research and should be praised for the hard work and research put into creating an ordinance that protects the people and community. Please create the committees, create a wind ordinance for your town. Put a moratorium(6 months) and do the research to protect your population and control how this industry lives in your town. Maine is self rule, all the way to townships and you have the right to create these ordinances. Claim your right to rule your town your way, not be controlled or influenced by industry. Don't be blinded by the money and forget to protect your township from being controlled by industry who is only in it for the profits gained by expansion..

Mike DiCenso's picture

free money

The selectmen need to realize they have survived this long without turbine money. There is no need to disrupt peoples' lives for industrial wind power which Maine does not need. The jobs are not worth the impact. In Lincoln, a few locals were hired but most workers were from out of state. Maine needs jobs, but not at any cost. We need the roads , bridges and rails refurbished or replaced. It would be nice to see manufacturing jobs come back from overseas, which would reduce carbon emissions from transport sources. To say Maine needs wind power for the jobs is not a good enough reason. The real reason is it is easy money for the developers as the energy field is still easy pickings for the mountain scalpers, remember Enron? We need to keep Maine from being covered with windsprawl because that is the master plan of the developers, to blanket Maine one ridge at a time. Death by a thousand cuts? Keep fighting them because they are wrong.

Penny Gray's picture

Great letter, Alice. Wind

Great letter, Alice. Wind ordinances should be drafted to protect the residents, not promote the developers interests or line the pockets of a chosen few. Many Maine towns have drafted excellent ordinances and many more are in the process of doing so. Mainers are waking up to the scam. Let's put those contractors to work fixing the roads we already have, not blasting new ones across our mountain tops.

Dan McKay's picture

No doubt, these wind projects

No doubt, these wind projects are creating construction jobs, but is what is being constructed an advantage to us ? Most of us use grid delivered electricity. Most of us also realize wind generated electricity is full of problems; ( the costs are higher.....their proximity to residents cause harm and loss of value to their property.......they send a sporatic amount of electrical production into the grid creating the need to beef up transmission lines, engineer switching various generators off and on, providing production estimates for the day ahead based on guessing how much wind will happen the next day.........Their need for taxpayer subsidies is evidence enough that they do not provide a price competitive advantage over other types of electrical generation.)

Jason Theriault's picture

Well, you can't keep building casinos.

Oxford country's unemployment is 9.6%. If you want to bring that down, you can't just turn opportunities away. And from the tone set in many of these letters, it seems like the opposition to wind is not about work with them to create solutions, but to prevent it from happening.

Steve  Dosh's picture

A. Barnett: Wind tower concerns continued

Alice, 12.06.01 22:22 hst •
We admire your pluck ?  How long can you beat this dead horse though ? Rural nostalgia for times that never were just doesn't cut it any more and hasn't since the Luddites left London eons ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_power_in_Maine Are you on or off the grid ? What's your solution to mid - west coal fired power plants sterilizing your streams and ponds and acid rain killing the trees on the western slopes of all your mountains ( go look ) ?
Here in Hawai'i we've found out that the very same MA company that is developing your renewable wind resource is developing ours' here , also , that beiing bio-mass ( sugar cane ) . Seriously ! They will burn the spent sugar cane for power instead of oil ( like Brazil ) . We applaud these forward thinking efforts and love our geothermal power plant situated right smack dab in my back yard and partially funded by none other than Ted Turner , owner of 1 / 2 of Montana http://www.punageothermalventure.com/
Beneficial and proven techonolgy waits for no body and shouldn't • h t h ? /s , Steve

Mike DiCenso's picture

windsprawl

"Rural nostalgia for times that never were? " The times we are fighting for are now and for the future. We do not want Maine peppered with industrial turbines on every mtn. and ridge. We want Mainers of the future to have mtns. to hike, lakes to paddle quietly, trees and forests for habitat, and the natural world to observe and experience, to reflect on who we are and to have a place to relax and contemplate whatever we choose to without industrial litter distracting and disrupting the natural order. The miles of red blinking lights wasting energy for nothing all night showcases the fact that at times the turbines use power while producing none. Hawaii has many turbines broken down and rusting away. The geothermal and biomass plants are more sensible and do not require being spread out for miles on end. There are new solutions to the old technology and falling for the wind turbine hysteria is not worth the impacts to the Maine woods and mtns. Wind turbines are an Enronesque answer to making the developers quick cash.

Alice Barnett's picture

off the GRID

twelve years and counting......admittedly I do not have micro waves or toasters but as you read i am on the internet and my family watches TV when they want. I do not want to depend on the government too much when the bull hits the fan.

Grid scale Wind is a failure. Go home PR.

Gary Steinberg's picture

Get a 600watt (880w@120v) small microwave--- or

a 800 watt @ 120 v cheap toaster at Walmart!

A 1500w 12 volt inverter (if you have 12 volt solar system battery storage) will easily power them for the limited time you need them. A 800 watt unit easily pulls approx. 60 amps@13 v for a few minutes, easily done with golf cart battery storage of 600 amp/hrs.

I also run a 10 amp vacuum cleaner and a small washer (apartment size) unit.
Run the units at peak sun to lower consumption from storage as well ,if possible.

Let the power crunch come! (it won't)!
People will just get poorer in many ways from the wind scam, and lose their property and much more.

Citizen power will always find the solution though.

As we well know, Grid Scale Wind is a Societal Farce preying on the uninformed, sucking our tax dollars to the elitists and crony capitalists , for little good to the consumers at large.

Alice Barnett's picture

actually

you are right.....my batteries are charged 2 hours after sun-up. I could vacumn, toast, mike all I want....but I do not mind washing pots and pans and I do not miss my blow dryer.

What a joke WIND is. I guess the low natural gas prices will help hold them out for awhile.

Thank You for your dilligence in fighting this war. Some have given up once they have the turbine in their back yard.

Jason Theriault's picture

PR?

I'm not PR for wind power, I just hate to see jobs go somewhere else.

Jason, you need to consider

Jason, you need to consider the tourism that Maine has lost due to the "depression" we are in. Wind turbines make a very annoying sound and you can't get away from it. You sit in your home and the sound comes through the walls and the only place to go and get away is to get in your vehicle and leave the area. Any area that is close to wind turbines will loose the rental money that was being made by renting to outsiders for the summer or winter season. That is money that will not be used for return to our economy. we can build casino's, but if there isn't an economy to support them, they to will be out of business. Temporary jobs in renewable energy will not save our economy. The federal money being put out for support of wind turbines could be used to support our economic down fall that is not recovering. It may not have been declared a DEPRESSION, but if something isn't done soon the United States will not be far behind GREECE.

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