Wind energy to be discussed

TEMPLE — About a dozen residents will meet Monday to discuss the pros and cons of having wind power turbines erected in town, Selectman George Blodgett said.

A wind power company has shown interest in putting wind turbines on some mountains in town, he said.

Currently the town's ordinances don't address location of wind energy facilities.

The meeting is at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb 7, at the town office.

Discussion will be limited to committee members, Blodgett said.

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GARY SAVARD's picture

From day one I have been

From day one I have been opposed to Maine's wind farms as being corporate welfare put into high gear by Governor Baldacci to help his cronies acquire as much taxpayer money as possible before reality sets in and people realize they're being screwed. These wind farms are environmentally unfriendly, extremely inefficient sources of electrical power generation, and as already said, after construction, will employ less people than a self service car wash. Also, when these windmills become useless in 20 or 25 years, who will be stuck with their removal costs? I would guess the taxpayer, one way or another.

BEVERLY POWELL's picture

Only the rich get richer...

Constructing the small wind farms in Maine does not create any permanent full time jobs for Maine people. Ask Angus King how many new permanent jobs his projects have given to Maine. The majority of jobs involves clearing the land and erecting and wiring the turbines. Most of this work is contracted to out of staters who are experienced in wind power construction. Also ask Angus how many millions of dollars the federal government reimbursed him this past year and how many days per month did most of the turbines actually run. You will be astonished by the these numbers and should realize that wind power in Maine is only making the investors rich and not easing the tax burden or energy costs to any Mainers.

Alan Woods's picture

Educate yourselves

It's our responsibility as citizens to educate ourselves and take part in this process. The stakes are very high and the impact will be lasting. Visit www.ppdlw.org for the facts about industrial wind's impact on Maine resources, its cost and benefits. Then you decide for yourself.

I've come to the conclusion that those who are not speaking up in opposition to land-based industrial wind energy complexes on Maine's mountaintops are either:
1) somehow profiting personally, or
2) not informed about the facts.

Alice Barnett's picture

jobs

temporary jobs in wind are funded by your tax dollar. (working welfare?)
wind energy is killing the earth; from the blades and magnets (china is taking over manufacturing of turbines because other countries passed environmental laws)
to clearcutiing, gouging wet lands, killing birds and bats and the air we breathe.
Look at the birds eye view of the wind turbulence. Army radar confuses them with tornadoes.
What particulates are passing around?
Maine is vacation land and I guess us Mainers need to serve out of staters.
Most out of staters come once a year and want rustic wilderness living as opposed to industrial sprawl.
Temple, these turbines are taller than most of our mountain tops.
Is that what you want? Is that what Mainers want to see? Everywhere.

Jeff Douglas's picture

havent these people learned

mainers dont want jobs or industry or anything that looks like progress. we want to be unemployed on welfare and paying out of state for our services.

Lisa Lindsay's picture

If we wanted

to live in an industrialized area, in a pit say like Auburn or Lewiston, we would. Temple is in a highly scenic, rural area and wind power doesn't bring jobs.

Jeff Douglas's picture

the coal plants of New York and Penn

love you and send thier thanks.

yup noboy is needed to erect or maintian then at all. there basically dropped from the sky and left to rot.
what your basically saying is that your better then the people who live in lew/aub so you shouldn't have to deal with energy production. why?

Lisa Lindsay's picture

I'm saying that

the entire state of Maine does not need to be industrialized. People (neither tourists nor year-rounders) don't come to Lewiston/Auburn to get away from it all. They head for the hills and the lakes.

The jobs are not local jobs and they are temporary. If there is one perm job left, it is unlikely to be filled by someone local.

Lisa Lindsay's picture

Don't do it

Temple, walk away. It's a quagmire. You have a lot of residences both in your own town and in neighboring towns like Wilton within hearing distance of where those turbines would likely be erected and you will make everyone miserable and angry.

Please be a good neighbor and craft a solid ordinance.

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