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Study: Wind could supply fourth of New England’s power | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Study: Wind could supply fourth of region’s power | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Rollins wind project obtains financing | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Rollins wind project obtains financing | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Baldacci touts renewable power in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Baldacci touts renewable power in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Offshore wind grant could reach UMaine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Offshore wind grant could reach UMaine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Carthage wind farm proposal stirs debate | Lewiston Sun Journal

Carthage wind farm proposal stirs debate | Lewiston Sun Journal

UMPI windmill ‘a great decision’ | Bangor Daily News

UMPI windmill ‘a great decision’ | Bangor Daily News

[In high school I played in a baseball playoff game hosted at the university baseball field near where this turbine was built. If that day was any indication of what the wind is like there normally, the windmill was put in just the right place. It was so windy that day that we could barely hit the ball out of the infield. More universities – more communities, more hospitals, more government buildings should consider wind power, solar power, and other alternative energy sources. – KM]

Live data on the turbine can be found at www.umpi.edu/wind; click on “Live Turbine Data.”

Jackson residents approve wind turbine limits

JACKSON, Maine — Residents this weekend approved a controversial wind turbine ordinance that would impose strict regulations on industrial wind power developments.

Among other things, the ordinance — written by the planning board and the wind energy subcommittee — stipulates that any 400-foot-tall turbines erected must be at least a mile from any houses.

Although the 111-75 vote Saturday morning at a special town meeting has cheered many who oppose large-scale wind facilities in Maine, it also has dismayed some in this rural town of about 500 people who feel the ordinance is too restrictive and shortsighted.

“I was disappointed,” said Duane Lahaye of Jackson, a past member of the planning board who uses several small windmills at his home. “We have to think as an entire nation. We can’t just think as people who don’t want it ‘in my backyard.’ For the better good of everybody, these windmills would have been great.”

The new ordinance replaces a moratorium on wind energy projects that has been in place since January 2009 and was enacted in response to proposals to erect a series of wind towers along Mount Harris and Ricker Ridge in Jackson, Dixmont and Thorndike. Dixmont voters last November approved an ordinance requiring a 1-mile setback between wind turbines and homes.

Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Abigail Curtis of the Bangor Daily News.