Wind company to hold open house for Peru residents

 PERU — An open house to provide information on a potential industrial wind project is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the former Peru Elementary School.

Katie Chapman, project manager for EDP Renewables North America, said the team from the Houston-based company will be on hand to answer questions and provide information to residents.

Tentatively proposed are construction of between 25 and 35 wind towers along the Black Mountain ridge in Peru. Chapman said the project is in the very early stages.

We want to engage the community and discuss the project,” she said.

She said a meteorological tower that measures the amount and the speed of wind was installed late last year. A number of engineering efforts and environmental studies have yet to be conducted.

EDP Renewables is headquartered in Madrid, Spain, and has built many wind farms in Europe and 28 that are operating in the United States, according to a fact sheet submitted by the company.

Bill Hine, chairman of the Peru Wind Power Committee, said a moratorium on the development of wind farms is in place until November.

Between now and then, he said a public hearing to discuss wind power and to be be updated on the work completed thus far on a wind ordinance has been scheduled for 7 p.m. May 29 at the former school. Also, Peru residents will have a chance to give their opinion on whether on not they favor such development at a straw poll at referendum on June 12.

Our committee is struggling to find what the community wants,” Hine said. “The straw poll will help guide us.”

He said a survey asking opinions on wind power was included in the tax bills mailed out last year. Few people responded, he said, but those who did were skeptical of such development.

Selectmen appointed a committee to explore wind power and to begin to develop a town ordinance over a year ago.

Whenever a wind ordinance is established, Hine said it will govern any company that is considering an industrial wind project on other mountains in the town as well as on Black Mountain.

Chapman said she and her company will continue to work in a collaborative process with both the wind power committee and members of the community.

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Gary Steinberg's picture

Shills Need To Make a Living Too. But not off our backs, SORRY!

  The  Wind Developers like Angus King and son ( of First Wind), and now starry eyed environmentalists (turned wind shill) like Katie Chapman, are mostly cynical profiteers out to make a buck, who pull the necessary strings and grease the necessary palms to win their approvals.

They are opportunists who travel to rural areas of Maine and
entice unsuspecting residents and rural folks to sign their lease
agreements which neuter their rights to their own land.

Fewer Mainers are now ill-informed and idealistic-and maybe a bit impulsive-who now have an idea what they are in for once the blades of the industrial energy generator begin to spin.

The area ruined is bathed by health-impacting infra-sound and environmental fracturing for 3 miles in all direction and more.

Wind scoundrel, snake-oil sellers will reassure energy committees and town fathers that everything will be fine.

They bribe with other half baked schemes.

Talk is cheap!

Subsidy sucking wind associates live off of the backs of Mainers and US taxpayers and scam our taxes and desecrate our environment.

They portray themselves as green ; they are greenback lovers only.

They are this decade's despicable snake oil salesmen, never telling the whole truth about Industrial Wind Complexes to the public. 

The more that is exposed by factual questions (you will never get factual answers) , the more Katies's Enronesque and Solyndraesque scam divulges itself.

It is simple.

Shill for someone with some ethics if that is all you can do with your Spainish degree Katie.

BTW, the Border Control could use your skills in Texas and Arizona ; that would provide you a more secure useful future.

The Citizens of Peru will not stand for Spainish ,EDP bunk !

Gary Steinberg's picture

Spain Desperately Trying to Screw Mainers, Katie Chapman Shills!

n early 2009 the Socialist government of Spain reduced alternative energy subsidies by 30%. Calzada continues:

"At that point the whole pyramid collapsed. They are firing thousands of people. BP closed down the two largest solar production plants in Europe. They are firing between 25,000 and 40,000 people...."

"What do we do with all this industry that we have been creating with subsidies that now is collapsing? The bubble is too big. We cannot continue pumping enough money. ...
The President of the Renewable Industry in Spain (wrote a column arguing that) ...the only way is finding other countries that will give taxpayers' money away to our industry to take it and continue maintaining these jobs."

That "other country" is the United States of America.

Gary Steinberg's picture

Spain Desperately Trying to Screw Mainers, Katie Chapman Shills!

n early 2009 the Socialist government of Spain reduced alternative energy subsidies by 30%. Calzada continues:

"At that point the whole pyramid collapsed. They are firing thousands of people. BP closed down the two largest solar production plants in Europe. They are firing between 25,000 and 40,000 people...."

"What do we do with all this industry that we have been creating with subsidies that now is collapsing? The bubble is too big. We cannot continue pumping enough money. ...
The President of the Renewable Industry in Spain (wrote a column arguing that) ...the only way is finding other countries that will give taxpayers' money away to our industry to take it and continue maintaining these jobs."

That "other country" is the United States of America.

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