Considering all electricity generation options, wind is among the
Wind power is one of the healthiest forms of electricity
Wind is among the healthiest of all renewable electricity generation sources, and all experts agree on the negative health impacts of air pollution from burning fossil fuels.
Wind power has no adverse health effects on local residents
The Maine Center for Disease Control found “no evidence in peer-reviewed
medical and public health literature of adverse health effects from
the kinds of noise and vibrations heard by wind turbines other than
occasional reports of annoyances, and these are mitigated or disappear
with proper placement of the turbines from nearby residences.” Visit
a wind turbine
to see and hear for yourself if you have questions about
sound and shadow flicker.
Wind power has minimal impact on wildlife and other natural resources
Professional wildlife biologists work with state and federal agencies
to carefully study the natural resources at each proposed wind site.
Development plans avoid as many impacts as possible, and often provide
mitigation for the minimal impacts they do cause. The Land Use Regulation
Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, US Fish and Wildlife
Service and US Army Corps of Engineers are all involved during the siting,
planning, construction and monitoring of Maine wind projects.
Post-construction bird and bat monitoring of operational wind projects
have shown that proper siting is the best way to ensure biologically
insignificant impacts on populations. Other wildlife such as moose,
deer, and lynx continue to live healthy lives around wind projects.
Wind power projects mitigate climate change
As demand for electricity increases, new wind projects help reduce the
need for new fossil-fuel fired generation plants to be built. And as
wind turbines run, they scale back the amount of fuel burned at existing
fossil energy plants. Meeting the goal of 3000 MW of installed wind
power in Maine will result in 7.8 million megawatt hours of clean electricity
annually, which would be equivalent to removing more than 1 million
cars from our roads.
Maine can accommodate wind power development and maintain scenic quality
Maine is a big state. Although turbines are tall and often placed on
high ridgelines that make them more visible, they are invisible in the
vast majority of Maine places. Regulations prohibit placement of turbines
in our most special places and require detailed review of visual impacts
on places of exceptional scenic beauty. Beyond that, Maine’s rugged
topography and thick forests make it difficult to see even tall structures
on ridgelines from many locations. Importantly, many people believe
wind turbines are beautiful, and do not object to them in the first