From The Wall Street Journal:

Wind Farms in Maine Stir a Power Struggle
Some Locals Balk as Developers Look to Fill Energy Demand
By Jon Kamp | Dec. 23, 2013 10:45 p.m. ET

Maine’s windmills have stirred mixed emotions as some residents worry about noise and spoiled views. Here, a windmill at the Bull Hill project. (Photo by Craig Dilger for The Wall Street Journal.)

TOWNSHIP 16, Maine—This state’s tree-filled hinterlands, long known for producing forest products and potatoes, are also suited for an export that has churned up debate: wind power.The recent appetite for wind power comes largely from Massachusetts and Connecticut, where laws require rising use of renewable power. The two states combined have 70% of New England’s population but little available open space on land to build wind farms. Developers have turned to Maine, where they say land is expansive and strong winds are more abundant.

Maine already leads the region with more than 400 megawatts of wind power installed, according to the American Wind Energy Association, which said 1 megawatt of wind power can cover about 290 homes. Recently signed long-term contracts with utilities in Massachusetts and Connecticut could more than double that output in the next few years if the projects all come to fruition.

Plenty of locals welcome the development, helped by financial rewards tied to the projects, and the wind industry counted strong Maine support in a recent poll. Governors in Massachusetts and Connecticut said the recent deals will add clean energy to the grid at cost-effective rates.

But the situation has prompted some soul-searching as a number of residents worry more wind turbines will turn the woodsy state into New England’s utility closet. Vocal opponents also question wind power’s environmental merits and say turbines aren’t worth spoiled views or noise.

More at the link.

The article continues to note that it’s somewhat easier, from a legal and regulatory standpoint as well as the availability of suitable land, to build power-generation windmills in the Pine Tree State than in Massachusetts or Connecticut, from which the artificially-forced demand comes. The Bay State has about 100 MW of production capacity from windmills within its borders, but, as we have noted before, many Massachusetts liberals, including the powerful Kennedy family, have been fighting the Cape Wind project for a dozen years now, because they don’t want the project where their poor eyes would be offended by the sight of the windmills.

A 1966 Christmas card from the Foster Farm, Buckfield, Maine. The Fosters are distant cousins of mine. Click to see the original, which is ten times larger.

Your Editor’s mother was born in Portland, and her whole family were in Maine for several generations; while I lived in Maine for only about seven months, in 1961-1962, I still appreciate the beauty of my mother’s home state.

But, my appreciation for Maine aside, it is a thoroughly blue state, which is full of people who are all up in arms about antropogenic climate change, and who vote for politicians who support policies which would cost working people some of their hard-earned money for cockamamie schemes to add taxes to fossil fueled electricity production to try to fight global warming, and I have very little sympathy for those same people being opposed to the very windmills that they want to see producing electricity without CO2 emissions, just as long as those windmills are far, far away from their back yards.

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  1. many Massachusetts liberals, including the powerful Kennedy family, have been fighting the Cape Wind project for a dozen years now, because they don’t want the project where their poor eyes would be offended by the sight of the windmills.

    Also, they don’t want the windmills getting in the way of their yacht races, especially when (as is typical of a Kennedy), they’re drunk at the helm.

  2. Eric wrote:

    Having driven cross country several times, I can definitely attest that windmills are real eyesores.

    As are coal-burning power plants and skyscrapers and old barns with Red Man chewing tobacco ads painted on their sides and electricity transmission towers and water towers and blinking red lights on cell phone towers, but that’s life!

  3. Those monster windmill electric generators are prolific bird killing machines, especially endangered birds of prey like Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles. Additionally, they represent an economic boondoggle that can only be sustained by constant government bailouts including tax breaks, subsidies, and regulatory favoritism. They’re monuments to the idiocy of manufactured mass hysteria, governmental overstep, and political expediency.

    Again and again the over-zealous proponents of climate change have been caught twisting facts and outright concocting phony data to prop-up their wild-eyed claims of imminent global climate collapse. Cloistered Professors confidently predict world-wide disaster while safely insulated by academic tenure from direct accountability for their corrupt money grubbing conspiracy. They confidently blame contemporary man for the climate ups and downs hard evidence proves the Earth has experienced and continues to experience no matter what ancient man or modern man has ever done.

    Like Chicken Little, the shrill Pied Pipers of global destruction sound the alarm, they demand the world’s attention, then they cook the books like all the other cheap crooks and lairs peddling snake oil from time immemorial.

  4. PS If you really want to see ugly, drive the stretch of I-10 through Banning Pass en route to Palm Springs, and you’ll see hundreds of the things in a variety of sizes, most of them not working.

  5. York, at sunset over water are you on the lookout for a green snap? Ever see one?

    I haven’t heard that term, what is it? We were on a cruise and that was leaving Portland Harbor.

  6. York, it’s an optical phenomena which sometimes occurs just as the last arc of the sun’s disk sinks below the horizon, when a brief green flash of light is sometimes visible, usually for no more than a second or two. Type green flash into your search engine for lots of pics.

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