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Windmills on the Midcoast
  • Published
    September 15, 2010

    Federal and state officials talk offshore wind, way offshore

    As Augusta eyes a trio of offshore wind energy demonstration sites, federal and state officials met at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast on Sept. 13 to discuss the potential of siting wind turbines further out to sea, in the federally-controlled waters of the Outer Continental Shelf. The daylong meeting, attended by officials from a number of federal agencies, representatives of the state and ...

  • Published
    March 12, 2010

    Thorndike wind ordinance comes to vote after developers have gone

    Residents will be asked to approve or reject a newly-minted wind energy ordinance at their annual town meeting Saturday, March 20. The document, which requires a mile setback from the nearest residence, follows in the footsteps of recently approved wind ordinances in neighboring Jackson and Dixmont. But according to Thorndike town officials and representatives of several wind energy companies, the document may ...

  • Published
    February 22, 2010

    Citizens’ task force calls for wind power moratorium

    For Ethan Hall, who lives 3,500 feet from a wind turbine on Vinalhaven, being subjected to the turbine's sound is like listening to a dripping faucet — "torture." "I wouldn't be here if it was easy to get used to," Hall said at a Feb. 19 press conference at the Statehouse Hall of Flags. "The sound is different from anything I have ever heard. It is an intense pulsing. It is impossible to block or mask this ...

  • Published
    February 7, 2010

    Jackson residents approve wind ordinance

    Jackson residents approved a new wind turbine ordinance Feb. 6. The document had been championed by those with concerns about industrial wind-power development, but according to the town's attorney, has flaws that could be exploited by developers. The ordinance defines four classes of turbine, reserving the toughest restrictions for the largest — industrial turbines more than 300 feet tall — and developments ...

  • Published
    February 1, 2010

    Jackson residents to vote on wind ordinance

    On Saturday, Feb. 6 Jackson residents will vote on a proposed wind energy ordinance more than a year in the making. The vote, to take place at a special town meeting, comes as the result of a petition submitted by residents concerned that the town selectmen were moving too slowly to enact the ordinance. Jackson recently began its third six-month moratorium on issuing permits for wind development, and Selectwoman...

  • Published
    January 26, 2010

    Environmental activist asks court to halt offshore wind power project

    A Rockland man, who for much of the past two decades has tackled a variety of environmental issues, has gone to court to halt the proposed demonstration wind power project off Monhegan Island. Ron Huber claimed in his appeal filed Jan. 26 in Knox County Superior Court that the designation of waters off Monhegan as a test site violates his constitutional rights to practice his religious stewardship of Penobscot ...

  • Published
    January 20, 2010

    Wind turbine ordinance set for public review

    Voters here will be asked at the annual town meeting in March to approve an ordinance regulating wind turbines in their community. Peter Kassen, chairman of the town's planning board, said the ordinance is the result of action taken at the annual town meeting in 2009. At that time, he said, voters enacted a moratorium on wind turbine construction and asked the planning board to come up with an ordinance ...

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