R. and N. Clark: The chance of a lifetime

We are tired of being labeled as “less than intelligent” because we happen to support wind power. It is not about intelligence; it is about the economy of Dixfield.

We have lived here since 1963 and are upset the town’s tax base has not grown. There are no locations in Dixfield suitable for any small industry or large employer to set up business on the town’s infrastructure. So where will help come from for tax relief?

New homes seem to be the only option; the economy stopped that. Dixfield has many homes for sale waiting for families who can’t afford them.

We’re being offered the chance of a lifetime. Patriot Renewables wants to invest $40 million in the town of Dixfield. Multiply that times the current tax rate and it adds up to almost $800,000 (and does not require town infrastructure). Yes, towers depreciate over 20 years but the company also reinvests in those towers to meet changing technologies and increase efficiency.

Turbines produce power without the use of fossil fuels, but from the ever-available wind. It doesn’t matter where the power “goes” but that it “is,” and cuts back on pollution from coal- or oil-powered generators elsewhere.

What a town does with money earned from wind towers is as individual as the towns themselves. Patriot Renewables would also be required to give the town “tangible benefits,” which are calculated by multiplying the number of turbines built by $4,000 each — not tax dollars, but of great benefit to the town.

Ralph and Norine Clarke, Dixfield

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intelligence

is not the issue.. it is lack of education on the WIND industries part in proving they are GREEN.

Thought for the day.

WIND sells to RPS mandated buyers in Massachusetts.
9.92 cents per kilowatt hour. WIND signs an agreement stating to produce/sell an "X" amount of energy. If WINDs turbines cannot produce (and they work at about 8% efficiency in Western Maine), they make up the difference by purchasing strips from ISO-NE at around 4.5 cents per KwH. That's where the true scam comes in. Reselling non-green energy under the guise of wind produced.

No oil or gas is saved by WIND.
Vacation homes in maine's woods are growing with their own septics, water and association plowing.. Ask Bethel. WIND turbines will make all homes with-in 2 miles from turbine centers un saleable.

A town's valuation will change.

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Is it worth giving up one

Is it worth giving up one fifth the area of town to depreciating wind machines that could easily become unprofitable with the whim of government, that , for the sake of getting realistic about the nation's debt, decides to pull the taxpayer gift currently granted wind projects. If you want a chance of a lifetime, go to the internet ......there are people from Nigeria that will gladly accommodate you.
A good reason the economy is in bad times is the money being tossed at such an inefficient grid scale electrical generation source.
Don't forsake such a large area of town for something that will slip right through the town's hands.

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What part of soaring electric

What part of soaring electric rates don't you understand.. As we watch country after country approach bankruptcy because their governments spend an ungodly amount of money on this fruitless energy source, we still have people thinking this get rich scheme is going to come to the rescue. And, to think, one could cast their neighbors aside for this phony glory

Barbara  Jordan's picture

fear of something new

A good example would be when the microwave came out in the late 70's. Prople were saying that it was going to kill people. It was going make you sick,deform unborn babies of pregnant women, and a host of complaints.Because more people used them the tecknology improved.They got cheaper,smaller, and more efficient. Today there isn't
a household that doesn't have one in it.

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microwaves

I do not have one.

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microwaves

I do not have one.

Norman Mitchell's picture

Fear of something new ?

Not like the microwave if you have a pacemaker stay away ! Not like the microwave no PTC for the microwave !Not like the microwave that was new technology ,its been 125 years since 1887 when a windmill was first used to produce energy , so not like the microwaves, no fear of new technology just facts about old proven environmentally and economically bad idea in 125 years you would think we would use that source of energy if it was so great ! oh and microwaves are bad for you first a microwave oven creates radio waves and all radio waves are electromagnetic radiation.At one foot from a running microwave can expose you to upwards of 400 milliGauss, and a mere 4 milliGauss has been firmly linked to leukemia ! Also microwave exposures are known to cause cataracts . Microwaves Affect Your Heart also the same frequency of radiation causes blood sugar to spike in susceptible individuals and may actually be the cause of one type of diabetes ! So before you go off about something being safe get the facts !!!! Microwaves are not safe !!! We are just used to them !!!!

Norman Mitchell's picture

Fear of something new ?

Not like the microwave if you have a pacemaker stay away ! Not like the microwave no PTC for the microwave !Not like the microwave that was new technology ,its been 125 years since 1887 when a windmill was first used to produce energy , so not like the microwaves, no fear of new technology just facts about old proven environmentally and economically bad idea in 125 years you would think we would use that source of energy if it was so great ! oh and microwaves are bad for you first a microwave oven creates radio waves and all radio waves are electromagnetic radiation.At one foot from a running microwave can expose you to upwards of 400 milliGauss, and a mere 4 milliGauss has been firmly linked to leukemia ! Also microwave exposures are known to cause cataracts . Microwaves Affect Your Heart also the same frequency of radiation causes blood sugar to spike in susceptible individuals and may actually be the cause of one type of diabetes ! So before you go off about something being safe get the facts !!!! Microwaves are not safe !!! We are just used to them !!!!

 's picture

intelligence

is not the issue.. it is lack of education on the WIND industries part in proving they are GREEN.

Thought for the day.

WIND sells to RPS mandated buyers in Massachusetts.
9.92 cents per kilowatt hour. WIND signs an agreement stating to produce/sell an "X" amount of energy. If WINDs turbines cannot produce (and they work at about 8% efficiency in Western Maine), they make up the difference by purchasing strips from ISO-NE at around 4.5 cents per KwH. That's where the true scam comes in. Reselling non-green energy under the guise of wind produced.

No oil or gas is saved by WIND.
Vacation homes in maine's woods are growing with their own septics, water and association plowing.. Ask Bethel. WIND turbines will make all homes with-in 2 miles from turbine centers un saleable.

A town's valuation will change.

Barbara  Jordan's picture

scare tactics

my husband and I have traveled out west. there are thousand of wind turbines out there.In a small town we stood at the base of one of the turbines,that was supplying the town municipal buildings with electricity.We could not hear a sound,we couldn't understand what the big deal was. The farmers love the turbines. the turbines stand in the field along with the crops. Farmers recieve a stepin for the turbines. The comments made by people against turbines are a lot of scare tactics used by them for another agender. he makes acomment that the wind industry has been generating electricity for 125 years and shouldn't need his tax dollars. But he neglects to mention that the oil companies have been producing oil for many more years than that and are still getting tax dollars. As for the issue of accidents ,every industry can hae accidents.I would rather see a turbie fall,than an oil spill,or coal mine collapes on miners.Maine doesn't havemany options for producing energy. As to the issue of tourism, people willcome to viewthem the turbines actually look like beautiful birds from a distance. People actually flock to Fairbanks Alaska to see the oil pipeline' They will come to se the turbines.The wind tubines will make Maine more indepent of other states and countries. Maine will be precieved as a state of the future. Indepent, progessive and more economically stable

Norman Mitchell's picture

Uniformed

The Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy is a taxpayer nightmare. The PTC worth 50 to 70 percent of the wholesale price of electricity. In James Blyth built a wind turbine to make electricity and After 125 years of generating electricity you would think the wind industry wouldn't need my tax dollars to support it would you ! It would be nice of them to take money from your back pocket and put it in your front pocket we still loose . She also fails to explain the loss of school funding also about the other risk factors

Health Issues: Turbines make people sick every operating Multi turbine wind facility in Maine near people has significant unresolved disputes
Noise: Infrasound consists of air pressure pulsations and is ignored by state regulators and state noise codes Wind turbines cause a steady, low-decibel sound, sleep disturbance, and may lead to stress related illness which include severe anxiety, nervousness, migraines, and dizziness and sleep problems. Emotional problems

Shadow Flicker: The shadow effect of moving turbine blades may cause health issues. Can cause seizure in susceptible individuals. Headache, loss of balance, nausea and disorientation.

Electromagnetic fields: may cause interference with electrical devices. These fields may have long-term health effects to humans or animals cause sleep loss, diarrhea, frequent urination, menstrual problems, bloody noses, and the inability to conceive
There have been reports of over 1050 incidents in the last 10 years alone!!!

Ice Shedding: Ice falling from tower or blades may be a hazard to humans In Minnesota Mark Eddie Ketterling was cut in half when a chunk of ice from a wind turbine fell and struck him!

Blade Drop: Blades may become damaged because of structural failure or imbalance At wolverine creek wind farm Idaho two turbine blades snap into after being in operation for one month!

Lightning strikes: High towers are of concern because they may attract lightning. Lightning strikes could affect humans, farm animals, wildlife and man-made structures. Blade failure at Bennington VT 9 blades have been replaced due to lighting damage. Lightning could create a risk of fires. Three turbine-ignited fires have burned dozens of acres each! Benjamin James Thovson was killed and two others injured in a turbine fire at East Ridge wind farm in Chandler Minnesota.
Wind farms may affect weather in their immediate vicinity. Overall, wind farms lead to a warming at night and cooling during the day
Restricted Access: 500' feet around each turbine. As well as Roads in Wind project

There is no shortage of Electricity! Maine has 4300 Megawatts of Electric generation Capacity we only use 1500 Megawatts if fact wind power cost as much as 3 times current power your electric rate will likely increase!
Wind power will not get us off oil or coal less than 2% of electricity in Maine and the US is from Oil Natural gas provides about 50% of Maine’s electricity with no particulate emissions and half the CO2 of coal. Coal is only ½ of 1 % of Maine Electric Power

Wind Power in Maine will have no impact on CO2 windmills built on 300 miles of Maine Mountain’s would only reduce co2 output in US by less than Four one hundredths of one percent 0.04%

Tourism is Maine’s number one industry. Wind power will kill tourism in Maine’s mountains. How will people make a living when the tourists stop coming? On April 24 2012 the annual report from the Institute of Economics and Peace ranked Maine as the most peaceful state for the 11th consecutive year, how does Maine do so well when gun ownership is so high? Maine average household income is about 90% of the average in the U. S. Maine’s average education level is slightly below the national average. There must be other reasons why Maine is such a peaceful state. Could it be the natural beauty of our state? This will all end!!! Wind power will change Maine’s Landscape forever!! as well as for iconic companies such as L.L. Bean and Poland Spring.: mountain blasting, trout and eagle kills, noise and light pollution, and clear-cuts for roads and transmission. Night skies will be punctuated with the red strobe lights on the turbines, visible for 40 miles. Wind towers require aircraft warning lights which may create light pollution. Complaints about these lights have caused the FAA to consider allowing fewer lights per turbine in certain areas. There have been several cases of planes flying into turbine towers four men killed when their plane struck a tower in Baraboo WI. Again how will people make a living when the tourists stop coming?

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