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Maine's Conversation About Wind Power

Wind power holds the potential to play a large role in shifting Maine's energy economy from a net export of dollars for oil to a net export of energy for dollars. Such a major shift deserves a lot of discussion and we invite Mainers with all points of view to have their say here. What have your experiences been with wind power? What is your opinion, and what facts can you share with us to support it?

Please note that the opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Green Energy Maine, LLC or its sponsors. 

wind turbine at university of maine at presque isle

The wind turbine at University of Maine at Presque Isle

 
 
02/11/2011 - 11:19am

The IDEA of tower windmills is an attractive one. IF they only cost a tenth of what they actually cost, and if they weren't so complex that they constantly broke down, they could be great! They might then even be PRACTICAL regarding supplying electricity!

01/15/2011 - 6:59pm

photo of Karen Bessey Pease

By Karen Bessey Pease [First published: in the Brunswick Times Record local commentary page on Friday, January 7, 2011 and reprinted here with permission from the author.]

01/15/2011 - 1:43pm

May 14, 2010 was the 1-year anniversary of the commissioning of the wind turbine at University of Maine at Presque Isle. Adding up the year's data, they found that the turbine had generated only around 60% of the anticipated 1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity it was hoped to generate. Dr.

12/31/2010 - 4:39pm

[The following is a guest post by Fred Greenhalgh of ReVision Energy of Portland.  It is ReVision Energy's response to the REACh (Residential Energy Assistance Challenge) report brought forward by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, cited by the Bangor Daily News and other local papers, about the dubious performance of some renewable energy systems installed with public fun

12/27/2010 - 4:57pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about energy from ammonia.  Now, you may be asking, “You mean that bottle of cleaning fluid under my kitchen sink?”.  The answer is, “Well, yes, pretty much”.

12/23/2010 - 4:18pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about small and community-scale wind power.  Maine has great potential for wind power in many locations, both inland, and on the coast. There are many considerations to make in deciding whether a wind power system is right for your site.  These include average wind speeds, costs, regulation compliance and how the neighbors feel about it.  Permitting can be a lengthy process, and many projects encounter resistance.

12/23/2010 - 4:12pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation on utility-scale offshore wind power development. This industry is like a racehorse ready to burst out of the gates. The charge is being lead by Dr.

12/23/2010 - 4:04pm

The following is an op-ed by Kay Mann of Green Energy Maine, published by the Brunswick Times Record in March of 2010:

12/23/2010 - 3:58pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about wind power on a grand scale (grand enough, that is, to both feed Maine’s utility needs and to export to Canada and Southern New England). This is where you can find most of the facts, news, and points of view presented in a respectable and respectful format.  You are invited to contribute your two cents worth of facts and opinions, as well. [If you are looking for a conversation about small and community scale wind power, we will have a separate conversation about that.]

03/11/2010 - 4:22pm

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