What could this mean for Maine?

It was brought to our attention that the blog has been going crazy with new subscribers in the past few weeks. We’ve been getting 2 to 3 new subscribers each day. WOW! We were asked if we had heard of anything that was going on in the wind turbine industry that would explain all these views and subscribes. We weren’t aware of anything outside the norm until we read a Bangor Daily News Article, dated February 2, 2016. We’re not sure if this is the reason for all the activity, but here’s a condensed version of the post:

Wind Power load in Maine could triple: Developers bid on deals to sell energy to southern NE
by Darren Fishell (BDN Staff)

For those of you who haven’t seen the article the gist of it is that southern New England wants to purchase more renewable energy and wind developers are ready and willing to sell it to them. It goes on to say there are nine wind turbine projects in process in Maine and the developers have asked for long-term contracts with utilities in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Total these projects would add another 2,140 megawatts of wind power capacity to Maine. These developers are looking to buy electricity equivalent to 38 percent of the output Maine produced in 2014.

Because Maine doesn’t have the ability to transmit that much power south, more than half the of the purposed capacity additions submitted were filed jointly with utilities Emera Maine and Central Maine Power Co.

The projects under consideration include:

  • A proposed 600-megawatt, 174-turbine King Pine to be built in the Unorganized Territory northwest of Houlton
  • A proposed 250-megawatt at Horse Mountain in southern Aroostook County
  • A possible expansion of the 250-megawatt Number Nine Wind Farm to 400-megawatts
  • A 250-megawatt wind farm in Cherryfield and Deblois located in Washington County
  • Proposed wind projects spread across the townships of Johnson Mountain, Chase Stream and Misery Township
  • The 23-megawatt Canton Mountain wind farm currently under construction
  • A proposed 72-megawatt wind project in Eastbrook located in Hancock County

Representatives from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are expected to issue notice to the winning bidders by early summer 2016.

What does this mean for Maine?
As a family who is living within 1500 ft of an industrial wind farm (3 turbines) we are deeply concerned for the citizens of Maine who will be under attack on a daily/nightly basis from windmill noise, flicker, and scenic destruction.

The questions citizens of Maine should be asking themselves are:

  1. In a world filled with man made noise, why are we putting noise where there isn’t any?
  2. If windmill projects are so benign why are these projects not being built in Mass., Conn., or R.I.?
  3. Do Mainer’s know that these windmill projects only produce approximately 38% of their megawatt capacity? ( 72 megawatt project will produce approx.. 27.36 megawatts of power)
  4. What will the people of Maine be gaining from these windmill projects? NOTHING!!!!!
  5. Power lines?????

The better question is, what does this mean for the towns involved in these proposed wind projects?

It’s hard to say. Here in Freedom residents benefit very little. Our project is a unique one. One of the first wind projects established in Maine and despite town residents’ efforts still non-regulated by DEP. The Beaver Ridge wind project was built more for personal gain rather than a collaborative town effort. Systems that were in place or should have been put in place to protect the town and its residents went out the window, so to speak.

Because of the improper citing of these windmills our family is being driven out of our home and the area we love, but we can’t leave because we cannot sell our home for a fair price because our property is devalued. Our town will not acknowledge that our property has been devalued and abate our property taxes.

We have also attempted to file a noise complaint with the DEP only to be told that they could not take complaints for Beaver Ridge Wind and to call the company that owned the windmills. We then approached the town about the noise and were to call the company that owns the windmills, so where is our recourse?

This is a part of our story. We hope that what has happened to our family does not happen on a larger scale to the potential families living near these monstrosities!!! (All of which are making huge tracts of pristine land uninhabitable).

The Gerrish Family