Let's wait and see what develops
To the Editor:
When projects for wind generation of electricity were first introduced in this state a few years ago, there were typically billed as "generation enough electricity for 20,000 Maine homes.
The electricity this generated would be cheap and local jobs would be created. Several of these projects have been built in the state based on the original claims of the developers.
As time went on, the truth began to emerge. The electricity would not be used for Maine homes at all but would be put into the giant grid and used mainly south of the state of Maine. This electricity has been shown to be very expensive and the jobs aluded to by the developers at the outset are proving to be a myth.
Most of this entire boondoggle is the work of Massachusetts-based developers who want to tap the federal budget to enrich investors at the expense of the Maine environment. Note that these developers do not "propose" this woodland destruction for the Berkshires where it would not be tolerated but for the western mountains and other sparsely populated parts of Maine where there is no zoning to prevent their plundering and where they will not be resisted.
To say that these western Maine towns need comprehensive zoning is an understatement.
I note that Rumford selectmen are working on yet another ordinance to present to voters. By any standard, wind power generation is an industry that is in its fancy.
Currently, those who do not approve of the outmodeled 400-plus-foot towers in use are termed "anti-wind." I doubt that many people are actually against the generation of electricity by wind power but many are dead set against vis-a-vis wind power generation and Rumford and other area towns would be well advised to wait a few years before becoming involved in this sort of thing.
Accordingly, this taxpayers asked Rumford selectmen to submit a simple ordinance to voters that would prohibit building anything higher on ridgelines and mountains than that which currently grows there naturally. Other municipalities have done exactly this.
The ordinance could be changed in the future but once desecrated is accomplished, it is permanent. Let us wait a few years and see what develops.