I attended a Dixfield selectmen meeting on July 23. Tom Carroll of Patriot Renewables said wind data from meteorological towers may be “proprietary.” He also said Patriot Renewables chose Colonel Holman Mountain because of a potential transmission corridor between Saddleback Ridge Wind in Carthage and Canton Mountain. He said no meteorological towers were put on other mountains in Dixfield.
The process begins with accruing land. The abutters are notified but no one else. Flicker and sound modelings are done last and no one notifies the “receptors.”
Dixfield does not have a moratorium on wind power, despite more than 200 signatures asking the Dixfield selectmen to do whatever is necessary to enact one. Dixfield selectmen want to put a pro-wind ordinance on the November ballot.
Patriot Renewables says it will respond to each community's needs, as far as donations are concerned. Carthage villagers were handed $20 bills to spend at the Blue Moose for whatever was their need.
I do not know who is in the Concord Pond Association, but Carroll said those folks had no noise complaints.
These small areas of western Maine are blindsided by those industrial monstrosities that do not work. Without the mandates, wind does not pay.
Alice McKay Barnett, Carthage