Wind turbines and wind “farms” of many turbines are sprouting all over Maine. Ridges and mountains are the most likely spots. As a result, they are visible for many miles and may intrude on enjoyment of hikers or residents near the devices.
Electricity generated by the turbines displace that generated by other sources, including those powered by fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, that emit carbon dioxide.
According to a 2011 audit report on the unorganized territories,
Wind parks, and their accompanying Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) Districts are emerging financial issues of consequence to the Unorganized Territory in Maine. Since 2010, the UT Education and Services Fund has paid out $9.65 million dollars in TIF payments on two wind parks, one in Franklin County, and the other in Washington County. To date, Franklin County has received $4.42 million, and Washington County has received $5.23 million.
Here are some images that have changed the Maine landscape in recent years. Captions and GPS data are from the location the image was acquired.
Bull Hill in T16 MD township in Hancock County
Record Hill in Roxbury
Stetson Mountain in T8 R3 NBPP
Mars Hill in Mars Hill
A ridge of turbines are visible from cornfields in south Rumford on Route 232.
Maine. Department of Audit. Unorganized Territory: Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Report. The Department. Augusta, Me. October, 2012. p. 27