Wind in the Wilderness

Perhaps the most controversial issue in Maine today is the fast-tracking of wind-energy farms throughout the state. One of the planned projects is slated to be developed in a place near and dear to me: remote Highland Plantation, home of my friends Greg and Pat Drummond who run the friendliest sporting camp in Maine, Claybrook Mountain Lodge. In the new Down East we decided to take a big-picture view of the issues around wind energy, from the opportunities and challenges of building offshore wind farms, to the nuts and bolts of turbines, to arguments against wide-scale development of Maine mountaintops. I also offer a personal anecdote.