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Entries in Patriot Renewables (5)


Two New Maine Wind Power Projects Commence Commercial Operations

The 22-turbine Record Hill Wind project in Roxbury, Maine and the 10-turbine Spruce Mountain Wind project in Woodstock, Maine have just commenced commercial operations.  Record Hill Wind, developed by Brunswick-based Independence Wind, has a nameplate capacity of 50.6 megawatts.  Spruce Mountain Wind, built and operated by Patriot Renewables, has a nameplate capacity of 20 megawatts.  Both projects are now generating and selling electricity into the New England power grid.  Together, the projects will generate enough electricity annually to power some 30,000 Maine homes.  In other Patriot Renewables news, the Massachusetts-based developer was recently recognized for its charitable donations to community organizations in the River Valley area of Oxford County, Maine.  


Opponents Appeal Saddleback Ridge Wind Project

Opponents of the proposed Saddleback Ridge Wind project have appealed the project’s Maine Department of Environmental Protection permit.  The appeal was filed today with the state’s Board of Environmental Protection, challenging the DEP’s conclusions regarding the project’s compliance with visual and noise standards.  The appellants also claim that the DEP’s regulations regarding noise and visual impact are unconstitutional for a variety of reasons.   The appeal was filed on behalf of Friends of Maine’s Mountains, Friends of Saddleback Mountain and several individuals.  The Board of Environmental Protection has heard and denied four similar appeals of DEP permits for wind power projects in the past two years.  Those appeals were ultimately taken to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which affirmed the validity of the permits to build the wind power projects in question.  Verrill Dana, which successfully represented the wind power developers in all of those proceedings, is representing Saddleback Ridge Wind in the opponents’ latest appeal to the Board.



Spruce Mountain Enters Final Stages of Construction

The Spruce Mountain Wind project in Woodstock, Maine is in the final stages of construction.  Five of the project’s 10 Gamesa G-909 2.0-MW turbines have been erected and the remainder of the turbines will be installed within the next two weeks.  The project’s developer Patriot Renewables (represented by Verrill Dana) expects Spruce Mountain Wind to be generating electricity by mid-November.  Here are some photos of project construction:     




Saddleback Wind Project Approved: New Blades Will Reduce Sound

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has issued its approval to Patriot Renewables to construct the Saddleback Ridge Wind project in and around Carthage, Maine.  The project’s twelve 2.75-103 General Electric turbines will generate a total nameplate capacity of 29.4 megawatts.  The GE 2.75-103 turbines are manufactured with a new modified blade design engineered to reduce the turbine’s noise output.  More information on the turbine design is here.  The project’s DEP permit was signed and issued on October 6.  Verrill Dana attorneys assisted Patriot Renewables with the permitting for the Saddleback Ridge Wind project.


BEP Denies Appeal of DEP Permit for Wind Power Project 

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection has rejected an appeal by the Friends of Spruce Mountain of the permit for a 10-turbine wind power project in Oxford County.  The Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued a permit to Massachusetts-based Patriot Renewables for a 20-megawatt wind power project along the Spruce Mountain ridgeline in Woodstock, Maine last October.  The Friends of Spruce Mountain, a local citizens’ group, opposed the project, raising concerns about low-frequency noise and the project’s proximity to homes, and subsequently appealed the DEP’s permit.  The BEP voted down the appeal 5-1.  

Verrill Dana attorney Gordon Smith represented Patriot Renewables in the BEP appeal.  Smith said that a conservative scientific model was used to predict noise levels and that the project will comply with the DEP’s most stringent noise limits.  Moreover, the DEP order included a requirement that Patriot Renewables collect noise data at permanently-established sites and operate a toll-free complaint hot line so that residents can report loud turbine noise.  If the DEP finds that the project is exceeding noise limits, Patriot must immediately reduce the noise levels of the turbines.

Quincy-based Patriot Renewables has proposed four wind projects in western Maine, including a 12-turbine wind farm on Saddleback Mountain in Carthage, which Franklin County commissioners voted earlier this week to support.