Maine Legislature Rejects Wind Energy Bills

Updated 10 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Maine Legislature has rejected two bills to change the state’s wind energy laws aimed at ensuring projects benefit the state economically and don’t hinder the beauty of the state’s natural resources.

The Democratic-led Senate voted 21-14 on Thursday in favor of rejecting Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to add that Maine wants to lower electricity prices and expand economic opportunities through wind power to its current megawatt targets.

The administration said the proposal would ensure that residents benefit from wind power, but environmentalists said it was an attempt to stymie wind power development in Maine.

The Senate also rejected a bill that would have changed some requirements for when a visual impact analysis of a wind project must be conducted.

Both measures failed in the House Wednesday night.

  • Jim Wiegand

    Here is an interesting statistic for those that have the mistaken belief that wind energy is green and clean.

    I have over several thousand carcass distance records from turbine blade strikes. These records are from the years 1990 -2010 and none were taken from industry studies conducted with grossly undersized search areas like those used in Maine. Search areas for these earlier studies ranged from 50-105 meters.

    From these carcass records it can be seen that most carcasses upon impact are launched beyond a turbines blade tip length. In fact this number is about 60% -70% depending on the study and this does not take into consideration that search areas some of these records came from were too small for the size of turbine being studied. Several of the studies even mention this.

    The average carcass distance from turbine towers recorded in these studies ranges from about 1 1/2 – 3 times the blade length of these turbines. Many of these turbines were only about 100 feet tall when including blades of about 8.5
    meters in length. Hundreds of the other turbines I analyzed were 300-400 feet at the tip of the rotor sweep.

    The average carcass distance reported by Stantec from Wolfe island and the wind projects Northeastern US, is about the same distance that was reported from the smallest turbines I looked at. . But there are huge differences between small turbines with these averages and the turbines studied by Stantec. The turbines they searched in their studies reach 250-350 feet higher into the sky, the blades reach out 50 meters or more, and their blade tip speeds are much faster.

    All of these factors equal greater impact force, more drift from the higher altitudes,
    and an impact point in some cases as much 47 meters further away from turbine
    towers. Add in the equation that some of these the turbines were located on ridge line and the carcasses thrown towards the downward slopes will to drift even further.

    Everyone of these Stantec’s mortality studies, defy the Laws of Motion and Gravity because any bird carcass hit by a turbine blade has better than 50/50 or a 1 out of 2 chance of this carcass landing past a turbines blade length.

    For the hundreds of carcasses reported by Stantec studies, only a handful have been reported past the turbine blade length; the odds against this reported carcass distribution to have actually occurred around all these turbines is so high that it can not be calculated. The numbers are impossible and it is time for people to take note and to start asking the hard questions.

    Anyway you want to look at it the Stantec studies are worthless because their reported carcass distribution is not what really happened around these turbines. All their reported carcass came from search areas that were many times too small
    and they did not account for or even acknowledge the many thousands of
    carcasses that landed beyond their tiny little search areas.