Cohocton Wind Watch: Wind power generates controversy in Maine
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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Wind power generates controversy in Maine

(NECN: Amy Sinclair, Augusta, Maine) - Hundreds of wind energy enthusiasts gathered for Maine’s first "Wind Energy Conference" in Augusta today. Supporters say wind power could mean big business for Maine.

But as NECN's Amy Sinclair reports, not all Mainers are enthusiastic about these winds of change.

To supporters, these turning turbines are symbols of clean renewable energy and economic growth.

Opponents view them as symbols of government waste and environmental destruction.

Both sides came to be heard at Maine’s first statewide wind energy conference held today in Augusta.

And conference spokesperson Sue Jones says that means finding more ways to harness the power of wind both on land and off shore.

Maine's governor, just back from a wind-power trade mission to Europe says because of Maine’s geography, the state has the opportunity to be a national leader in wind power generation.

He's anxious to move the agenda forward because he says New England is in a race with the Midwest to develop a regional wind power plan and access stimulus funding.

Governor: “We do not want a DC line coming from the Midwest to the northeast because that will shut down energy projects for renewable energy in Maine."

Most of the protesters outside the conference didn't object to offshore projects, but they're deeply opposed to turbines on ridgelines almost anywhere in Maine.

Steve: "We're not willing to have these mountains sacrificed for such poor public policy.
They say the citizens of Maine are being left out of what they say is a corrupt process.

Brad: "Industrial wind wouldn't exist without massive subsidies and preferential treatment people in Augusta have given them."

A clear reminder that while wind power has potential in Maine...it's also generating plenty of controversy.

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