Open house draws hundreds to Woodstock turbine project

WOODSTOCK — Hundreds of people attended an open house to get an up-close look at wind turbines on Spruce Mountain over the weekend.

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Patriot Renewables LLC has constructed 10 wind turbines on Spruce Mountain in Woodstock and hundreds of people toured the site over the weekend. The project is due to be complete and operational by the end of the month, project coordinator Tom Carroll said.

Erin Cox/Sun Journal

People wait to get into a van Saturday for a tour of the Patriot Renewables LLC wind project on Spruce Mountain in Woodstock. The event ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and by noon more than 200 had visited the site, project coordinator Tom Carroll said.

Tom Carroll, project coordinator for Patriot Renewables LLC, said the event was planned because the company had received many requests for tours of the project.

The development is almost complete with 10 turbines constructed, Carroll said.

The tours were held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and more than 200 people had visited by noon, Carroll said.

Stephanie Hilster-Croteau of Lewiston and her friend Carole Levescue of Durham said they were excited to tour the site.

"I think it's phenomenal," Hilster-Croteau said.

"It's not as intrusive as what I thought," Levescue said.

Carroll said the majority of people were surprised at how their opinions had changed about wind projects in Maine.

Town Manager Vern Maxfield said he was 100 percent behind the project.

"Patriot Renewables has done an excellent job," he said. "They've been good right from day one and we have heard nothing but positive comments from those who took the tour."

Carroll also said the company plans a grand opening tour in the spring.

The project by the Quincy, Mass., company is expected to be complete with all 10 turbines in operation by the end of the month.

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Alice Barnett's picture

I guess

I guess WIND is good.

Alice Barnett's picture

red lights spin

Carroll said the majority of people were surprised at how their opinions had changed about wind projects in Maine.

Majority of who? 200 that attended? Did you ask them all?

What about your Mass buyer?

The current annual market price for electricity bought by ISO-NE and distributed throughout New England is $55 per megawatt hour.

The Operator of the Spruce Mountain Wind Project has a contract with Norwood, Mass. to sell electricity at $99.70 per megawatt hour.

The Federal Wind Production subsidies amount to a gift of $56.29 per megawatt hour.


Latest Maine poll is interesting.

It shows 86 percent of Mainers actually support wind power. There's a full copy of the poll results at the bottom of this story on the poll. I just thought it was an interesting result given there is so much anecdotal evidence referenced in the comments on any wind power story. According to nearly every poll I've seen Mainers are largely in favor of renewable energy projects.


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