Downeast Wind Now Accepting Fall 2021 Community Grant Applications

Attention community organizations, educators, and changemakers in the Washington County area – The Downeast Wind Community Grant Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2021 grant awards. Earlier this year, the program provided $1,500 grants to five different local organizations working to build healthy communities, increase environmental sustainability, foster economic development, and promote education throughout the region, including: Downeast Hospice Volunteers American Legion Narraguagus Post #8  Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education  Downeast Lakes Land Trust  Downeast Salmon Federation Grants are typically awarded in $250 to $4,000 increments, with priority given to proposals that demonstrate meaningful impacts to the greatest number of area residents. We will be accepting applications until November 15, 2021 on our website: www.downeastwindfarm.com/grant Continue reading

Five Local Organizations Awarded $1,500 Community Grants from Downeast Wind

COLUMBIA, ME – July 7, 2021 – Downeast Wind and Apex Clean Energy have awarded $1,500 grants to five local organizations from the Downeast Wind Community Grant Program. The program's purpose is to support local changemakers and community leaders working to build healthy communities, support economic development, foster environmental sustainability, and promote education. Continue reading

Downeast Wind Community Grant Program Now Accepting Applications For Spring 2021 Grant Cycle

The Downeast Wind Community Grant Program is now accepting applications for its Spring 2021 grant cycle. The program provided more than $12,000 last year to support local organizations working to build healthy communities, increase environmental sustainability, foster economic development, and promote education, including support of the following organizations: Downeast Campus of Maine Seacoast Mission Women for Healthy Rural Living Downeast Equine and Large Animal Society Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center Washington County Community College Project SHARE Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology Community Caring Collaborative Continue reading

Four Washington County non-profits awarded Downeast Wind Community Grants

COLUMBIA, ME – Downeast Wind and Apex Clean Energy are pleased to announce four Washington County-based organizations as the recipients of community grants from the program’s Fall 2020 grant cycle. These funds are designed to support community organizations working in the following areas: Building Healthy Communities, Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, and Promoting Education. “These organizations are doing impressive work on behalf of the communities and residents of Washington County. We are both thankful and proud to support them as they work to strengthen our region,” said Robert Gee, Project Developer for Downeast Wind. A grant for Washington County Community College will support the Pathways for ME program, which coordinates outreach and services for rural learners recovering from opioid addiction, working to mitigate the many factors that contribute to addiction and overdose mortality. Continue reading

Downeast Wind Now Accepting Fall 2020 Community Grant Applications

COLUMBIA, ME – October 1, 2020 – Apex Clean Energy and Downeast Wind are pleased to announce the opening of the Fall 2020 grant cycle for the Downeast Wind Community Grant Program. Grants are typically awarded in $250 to $4,000 increments, with priority given to grants that demonstrate meaningful impacts to the greatest number of area residents. We will be accepting applications until November 20, 2020 on our website: www.downeastwindfarm.com/grant The program was launched this past spring to help organizations in the Town of Columbia and the broader Washington County community. During the Spring 2020 grant cycle the program supported a number of programs, some of which are listed below: A $2,500 grant to the Downeast Campus of the Maine Seacoast Mission to support the organization’s Mission 2020 COVID-19 Response Project. A $500 grant to the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center to help continue its use of HIPPA compliant Zoom software to offer online programming to the people served by the Center throughout Washington County. A $500 grant to Women for Healthy Rural Living to expand public vegetable gardens and education initiatives designed to create a community that is stronger, healthier, and more food independent. Continue reading

Downeast Campus of Seacoast Mission, area non-profits among recipients of Downeast Wind Community Grants

COLUMBIA, ME – May 14, 2020 – Downeast Wind and Apex Clean Energy are pleased to announce the recipients of the first round of 2020 Downeast Wind Community Grant Program funds. These funds are designed to support community organizations in the following areas: Building Healthy Communities, Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, and Promoting Education. “Several of these organizations are moving quickly to help communities impacted by the coronavirus and adjust their operations to better serve the community safely,” said Brian O'Shea, Public Engagement Manager with Apex Clean Energy. “We are thankful to each of them for their efforts and proud to support them as they support Downeast Maine residents during this difficult time.” The Downeast Campus of the Maine Seacoast Mission received a grant in support of the organization’s Mission 2020 COVID-19 Response Project. The funds raised for this effort provide direct support to families and households in maintaining housing, transportation, and other basic needs, as well as allowing the Mission to expand services, such as offering extra days at the Weald Bethel food pantry in Cherryfield. Continue reading

Tax Increment Financing and Community Benefit Agreements Approved

In late February residents of the Town of Columbia and Washington County Commissioners each approved Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and Community Benefit Agreements between the localities and Downeast Wind. These agreements not only guarantee specific amounts of revenue to local governments over the lifetime of the project, but also guard against tax shift losses, preserving state aid levels for the respective communities. Continue reading

Apex Clean Energy Announces Launch of Downeast Wind Community Grant Program

Grants will support programs and organizations serving the Town of Columbia and Washington County in the areas of public health, economic development, sustainability, and education Continue reading

County Wide News: Columbia meeting focuses on Downeast Wind project

Paul Williamson, a senior development manager with Apex Clean Energy, opens his presentation about the Downeast Wind project during a public-information meeting held at the Columbia Town Office on Wednesday, February 5. Williamson and two other specialists discussed various aspects of the $240-million, 30-turbine project proposed for Columbia and the Unorganized Territories farther north. Approximately 50 people attended the meeting. (County Wide News Photo by Brian F. Swartz) By Brian SwartzCounty Wide Free Press COLUMBIA — Their parked vehicles filling the parking lot, approximately 50 people attended a February 5 public-information meeting at the Columbia Town Office to learn the latest updates on the wind-farm proposed for central Washington County. Downeast Wind officials hosted the meeting, required by Maine law as planning proceeds on the $240-million project being undertaken by Apex Clean Energy, based in Charlottesville, Virginia. The company has studied for several years the wind potential on the uplands stretching from Cherryfield and Columbia into the unorganized territories.  Downeast Wind representative Robert Gee opened the meeting at the advertised 6 p.m. and introduced Paul Williamson, a senior development manager responsible for Apex Clean Energy projects in New England and upstate New York. The Washington County project is the company’s first in Maine. Continue reading

Machias Valley News Observer: Downeast Wind TIF hearing draws crowds to county courthouse

Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis looks on as Larry Balchen speaks in opposition to the Downeast Wind project. Balchen showed a wide-angle photo taken from Route 1 to demonstrate how far the towers might be visible on what Balchen called the “last 100 miles of undeveloped land on the eastern seaboard.” Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon by Sarah Craighead Dedmon Washington County Commissioner Chris Gardner opened a public hearing last week explaining what the hearing was — and was not — for. “I understand the large number of people in this room tonight is because there are some strong feelings on this subject. I want to make it clear that the commissioners are not the committee of jurisdiction for approving or disapproving this project,” said Gardner. “It’s approved or disapproved by the DEP and the LUPC.” The project in question is a 30-turbine wind farm proposed by Apex Clean Energy, to be located in Columbia and unorganized townships 18, 19 and 24. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) are responsible for permitting the project, but the commissioners called the hearing to gauge interest in creating a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) for the portions of the farm which will stand in the unorganized territories. The town of Columbia, where Apex plans to locate eight of its 30 turbines, is considering a TIF, too. Continue reading