Wind does not pay without the mandates
To the Editor:
I attended a Dixfield selectmen's meeting on July 23. Tom Carroll of Patriot Renewables said wind data from met towers may be "proprietary", a special word for wind lawyers. Patriot Renewables chose Colonel Holman because of a potential transmission corridor between mountains; not because of wind data from MET towers.
Patriot Renewables said the process begins with land acruement. The abutters are notified but no one else. Flicker and sound modelings are done last and no one notifies the "receptors."
Dixfield does not have a moratorium on wind despite over 200 signatures asking the Dixfield selectmen to do whatever is necessary to enact one. Dixfield selectmen want to put a pro-wind ordinance on November's polls. Vote "no."
Patriot Renewables says thay respond to each communities needs as far as bribes are concerned. Carthage villagers were handed $20 bills to spend at the Blue Moose for whatever was their need.
I do not know who is in the Concord Pond Association but Patriot Renewables said you folks had no noise complaints. Patriot Renewables said noise modeling was "right-on" in Woodstock. So follow the modeling. Who got bought out?
These small areas of western Maine are blind-sided by these industrial monstrosities that do not work. Without the mandates, wind does not pay. Wind equals 75 percent does not blow, 10-30 percent loss in transmission and a 5 percent draw from the grid. A loss.
Alice McKay Barnett,