Advocacy group releases study on wind-power benefits in Maine

PORTLAND (AP) — An environmental group says power generation from Maine wind farms is eliminating more than 400,000 metric tons of carbon pollution a year.

Environment Maine on Wednesday released a report that analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Energy and the wind industry to measure the environmental benefits from wind turbines operating in Maine.

The report says the turbines reduce carbon dioxide output by 403,000 metric tons a year, equivalent to the pollution from 79,000 vehicles. It further says the wind farms also reduce the output of smog- and soot-forming pollutants, while saving 155 million gallons of water annually.

The group released the analysis to support its position in favor of extending federal tax credits for wind energy that are set to expire at the end of the year.\

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John  Miller's picture

Code of Conduct

Maine Needs a code of conduct like New York State did in 08 .The wind farms are worthless and if people would take into consideration that they do not produce a viable source of electric and the farce about the co2 ...hmmmmm lets see it is up to the fossil fuel producers to cover them when they don't produce and also take into consideration the fact of the construction carbonation in regards to all those machines it take to park one of these .....Maine needs a code of conduct as well to protect residents in rural Maine from the underhanded tactics that wind farm reps pull on people aka pay offs and a whole bunch of other things

Robert McQueeney's picture

Who benefits?

I understand that the wind farm I can see out my window has all that power being transmitted to Connecticut and Mass. As well as the clean air credits. (This is the Woodstock wind farm operated by Patriot renewables.) Please correct me if I am mistaken.

They do pay a sizable tax bill, based upon the taxable valuation of the wind farm, which lowers the overall tax rate in town. But the turbulence stirred up by them is very disturbing to many who live down wind of the wind farm, as they were built too close to people's residences. Sure, the law allowed them to do so, but that doesn't make it right.

Don't get me wrong, I smile every time I see those turbines turning, making energy without burning fossil fuel. But I can't help but feel for the people who live down wind of them having to put up with all the turbulence and noise.

As far as the clean air credits going to neighboring states. If they get enough of those clean air credits, it means that they don't have to clean up their smog producing stacks at other production plants. So when they make power and smoke, the currents bring their smoke to our fair state. We make clean power here in Maine, send it out of state along with the clean air credits, and we still get their smog.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Advocacy group releases study on wind-power benefits in Maine

\/erified user — Wed, 11/28/2012 - 16:34
Mainahs 12.11.28 16:33 hst •
C M P needs to get more in to a ) wind , b ) tidal , and c ) water power
They do • These are renewables and basically ƒree h t h /s Santa Steve *<;-Q~

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Who are They?

Environment Maine may be very well intentioned and have some good ideas, but they are wrong about wind power. Their website states: "Maine’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.

Yet the places we love and the environmental values that so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, shortsighted politicians and more."

Wel,, how does the wind industry fit into that? They scalp, blast away, and level miles of Maine's uplands to put up machines that are as tall as Boston skyscrapers and, worse, produce (YTD 2012 FERC datat) just 23% capacity factor. It is a powerful industry that was given carte blanche to destroy Maine by shortsighted politicians passing LD 2283 in 2008.

Environment Maine makes the above statement and advocates for surrounding "natural wonders" like Baxter Park, the Bigelows, Mt. Blue State Park, Tumbledown, the Downeast Grand Lands, and countless other treasures. If they tout wind power as good for Maine, they are hypocrites.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Brad , We are they • Who r u

Brad ,
We are they •
Who r u ?
Wood is a renewable resource as are humans , also
Occupy the woods •
/s Santa Steve *<;-Q~

Norman Mitchell's picture

we need a real study

Fact Maine pollution comes from out of state so this is propaganda ! our air quality comes from out of state on the jet stream fact is we are one of the cleanest and greenest states ! We dont need the false promises of wind here are some facts in Alternative Energy:we rank 4th about half of the electricity generated by Maine comes from renewable sources. with the largest percentage from non-hydroelectric renewable sources, a total of 23.7%. and we rank as 2nd greenest state ! So we dont need anymore wind farms to help destroy our economy, our health, our way of life , we are having our natural resources raped for others ! Build the wind mills in the states that pollute if they want them we dont !


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