Most of the legislature was asleep at the wheel when the wind law was rushed through. The 8 mile zone is capricious and arbitrary and was dreamed up when the accepted turbine height was 389 ft. With the 500 ft turbines the 8 mile zone should be kicked out to at least 32 miles. It only makes sense to revisit the wind law when developers push the limits to see how much they can get away with.
I was at the landing on Upper Pond with the wind blowing TOWARD the Rollins turbines. With whitecaps on the lake and the wind whipping in the branches overhead, I could still hear the turbines roaring non stop.more than a mile away!
Maine can do without wind power and I couldn't care less about the energy gluttons to the South, nor the bank accounts of the white collar criminals intent on depriving Mainers of their property rights and constitutional rights.
A more accurate headline might have been "Citizens' Rights Bill Quashed By Dems"or " Mainers' Rights...Unimportant?"
Jeremy Payne is paid to sugar coat windsprawl and promote turbinescapes. There is no defending the taking of rights of the residents of the UTs . They should have a say in what impacts their families and property. It is really about people who were there long before schemers decided to rip off the gov. for an industrial fairy tale which is proving to be an even worse idea than we ever imagined.
I wonder how much Jeremy Payne is paid to contort the history and facts concerning the Quality of Place Destruction Act a.k.a. the Wind Energy Act of 2008? Sugar coating and pig lipsticking out of the Wind Energy Handbook have been replaced by facts and science disproving the wind power fables and outright lies. Mainers have caught on and the hysteria of windsprawl as the climate savior has been debunked and more of us every day are protesting the wind industry's master plan to convert our ridges and mtns. into turbinescapes.
Jeremy, how much are you paid to repeat that same old tired pro wind drivel? Readers all know it is not true. The wind law was crafted by pro wind zealots looking for financial gain aided and abetted by what used to pass as environmental groups into promoting their windsprawl. It is proving bad for Maine. Mainers' property rights are negatively impacted when their property suddenly becomes devalued or even unsellable as industrial turbinescapes dominate the ridges for miles. Maine is not reducing fossil fuel use either since hydro is reduced to make room for the intermittent wind blasts on the grid as FERC states. Just because pro winders make claims and continue repeating them does not make them true. Ruth Birtz had an obligation to Friends of Lincoln Lakes to inform us if our paperwork was somehow improper but chose to deny us our rights. We also wanted to do the proper procedure for an appeal but were again denied our rights as citizens by collusion of the town with the wind lawyers. Ruth is out of place testifying in Augusta after the questionable way we were dealt with here in town. The TIF program is abused when only 1 or 2 new jobs are created. The intent of the TIFs was not to shovel money back into industry's pockets for projects with marginal return or projects whose existence depends on eternal tax subsidies. With 1 out of 9 bridges in the U.S. needing major repairs or replacement, jobs and money should be diverted there instead of frittered away on industrial wind turbines which harm Maine's quality of place. Everyone knows wind power is more expensive also. We had an option to pay more for it if we want in our BH bills. The windsprawllers need some new arguments because the old ones are not working, especially when the wild claims are investigated.
should be the same for all Mainers. It makes no sense to deny a certain segment while allowing others to have a say. It used to be called discrimination, I believe. Now with Communication Experts and Public Relations pros playing word games and lobbying , the meaning of the word is twisted or lost. It is wrong and bad for Maine, despite what pro-industry wags claim. Just because ANY industry comes to Maine throwing lots money around does not mean they deserve preferential treatment. LD 616 is about fairness when all is said and done.
More effort should be spent on energy reduction and efficiency with new technology to clean fossil fuel emissions. Has anyone studied the new nuke technology? It must be light years ahead of the Fukoshima stone age designs. Many engineers say the country will be covered with windsprawl and they still cannot replace base load generation. Trans Canada claims wind power is not intended for base load generation. Why is the state so willing to throw away our quality of place? The wind lawyers' arguments are weak at best and the BEP must want the easiest and quickest way out for themselves to believe such balderdash. If they are not willing to put in the time like the DEP did they should not have accepted their positions. Long term contracts for energy is a license to steal from the consumers.
A citizen board with no time spent in the area like the DEP made an uninformed decision to override the DEP and approve a project with adverse scenic impact on Saponac Lake and the entire region. Where they just tired of listening to the fancy wind lawyers spouting the same old lines? The BEP will give the rubber stamp to any and all wind projects now. I wonder how they would vote if the next project was near them? If the BEP is not going to listen to the DEP, then they need to attend the public hearings and study the citizen complaints not just loaf around southern Maine until it is time to approve anything the wind industry wants. Do these people ever get outside?
There are numerous reports of ABANDONED properties when people moved out , unable to sell their homes. A wind company was ordered by a judge to buy out 11 homes in Australia when the residents couldn't stand the noise and low frequency vibes. Wind turbines not only depreciate property values, they can and do render the properties unsellable. I think the hysteria for windsprawl has passed, and Maine needs to look long and hard at the facts. Maine does not need it, it 's not in our best interests, and if the developers want easy money , they may play the lottery or go to Vegas.
Lincoln has 4 TIFs, One might think our town would be in great shape but OOPSIE!! We have a financial debacle to the tune of a million and a half bucks . Will our taxes skyrocket? The windsprawl TIF should not have happened as the TIF idea is to create a zone where manufacturing might set up and offer jobs to the community. There are a couple maintenance guys in town from California and an engineer from North Carolina temporarily. . Where are the job for the locals? The TIF was a waste of time, not to mention stiffing the state with reduced revenue and double depreciation further reducing funds. Protect the people from financial gimmicks and schemes with strict regs. The ISO NE states wind power goes into the grid and HYDRO power is cut back!! How does that reduce fossil fuel use? How can they claim renewable energy credits when hydro is what is replaced? That is absurd, and too many of our legislators are asleep at the wheel if they allow this to continue.