Tag Archives: wind farm

DEP: Vinalhaven wind turbines too loud | Bangor Daily News

DEP: Vinalhaven wind turbines too loud | Bangor Daily News.

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Protesters arrested at Lincoln wind site | Bangor Daily News

Protesters arrested at Lincoln wind site | Bangor Daily News.

Wind power students describe summer in the field | Bangor Daily News

Wind power students describe summer in the field – Bangor Daily News.

Former Maine defense site eyed for wind | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Former Maine defense site eyed for wind | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Tilting at windmills

Windmill farm near Mars Hill, Maine. Photo by Kelly McInnis.

Past readers know that I very much like the use of alternative energy – solar, wind, wave.

Wind energy – from both onshore and offshore wind farms – has received a big push in Maine the past couple of years. There is plenty of wind to go around in Maine, especially along the coast, and harnessing that wind will greatly ease this nation’s addiction to foreign petroleum.

But some communities in Maine are concerned with issues associated with wind farms, namely the noise the huge turbines cause. And I’m sure more than a few Mainers are upset with the interruption in viewscape.

Here in California, wind farms have become part of the landscape mostly because of the clean energy they provide.

It is my hope that power companies and government officials will find a way to mitigate the problems so that wind farms can provide clean, sustainable energy for a very long time to come.

Here are a couple of photos Kelly McInnis shot last week at the wind farm near Mars Hill, Maine. They are published here with her permission.

Windmill farm near Mars Hill, Maine. Photo by Kelly McInnis.

Carthage wind farm proposal stirs debate | Lewiston Sun Journal

Carthage wind farm proposal stirs debate | Lewiston Sun Journal

Ceremony to honor completion of Stetson wind power project | Bangor Daily News

Ceremony to honor completion of Stetson wind power project – Bangor Daily News.

Offshore wind farm could save $4.6 billion over 25 years

Below are several links, including one to a press release found on Sustainablebusiness.com about a report published by economic consulting firm Charles River Associates. That report apparently suggests that the Cape Wind offshore wind farm alone could save $4.6 billion – that’s with a B – over the next quarter century.

The proposed project would be off the coast of Massachusetts in Nantucket Sound. It is not stretch that proportionally similar savings could be realized from the eventual construction of a proposed project off Maine’s coast.

Of course, such reports usually are funded by the agency that would benefit. Cape Wind Associates LLC funded the report, according to a news story about the report.

Here’s a link to Friday’s press release: “Cape Wind Report: Offshore wind will cut electric prices by $4.6B

Here’s a link to a previous press release about delays: “Cape Wind faces new obstacle

Here’s a link to Thursday’s story in the Cape Cod Times about the report: “Cape Wind savings pegged at billions

Here’s a link to Cape Wind’s website: http://www.capewind.org/.

Turbines turn into headache for Vinalhaven | Portland Press Herald

(I really, really hope they work out the noise issue. Wind power can be fantastic, but these folks shouldn’t have their lives disrupted. — KM)

 Turbines turn into headache for Vinalhaven | Portland Press Herald.