Tourism is the biggest economic engine in the state of Maine. Thus far we've seen no energy data whatsoever from Stetson or Mars Hill. I understand the companies classify this as "proprietary information." However, if we, the taxpayers, are funding a large portion of these projects and compromising our cherished quality of life as well, then essentially we are stakeholders and deserve to see what these "farms" are actually producing. Show us the energy!
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is making its wind energy data public.
After one full year it is operating at 11 percent efficiency, far below expectations. In 20 years it won't even have paid for its installation and upkeep. If this is the case, why are we even discussing industrial wind power in Maine?
Hydro-Quebec is eager to sell us cheap, renewable hydro power. Maine doesn't need it. We already export 40 percent of what we generate, but if Harvard and the cities on the eastern seaboard want to brag about using green power, let them use hydro.
We are the stewards of one of the most beautiful states in the nation, and preserving her beauty is of paramount importance. A moratorium on all mountain and ridgeline wind farms should be imposed until our Legislature can prove to us that this is truly the path we should be traveling down. This is just common sense.
Once our mountains have been dynamited by Maine Drilling & Blasting, they will never be the same.
Penny Gray, Carthage