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Wind farm options bought in County

ST. AGATHA - A Delaware-based company involved in wind energy is taking options on hundreds of acres of farm and forestland in the central St. John Valley where a wind farm could be located, if wind tests are positive.

The town of St. Agatha got in on some of the action this week by signing a five-year option for 30 acres. The land was the site of the former landfill the town had on a cross road between Routes 161 and 162.

The town will get $2,000 for signing the option with Aroostook Wind Energy LLC, the previous name of the company looking into wind energy along a range of hills in the Fort Kent-Frenchville-St. Agatha area.

Martin Culik, an official with Aroostook Wind Energy, could not be reached Thursday.

Linekin Bay Energy Co. LLC located six testing towers in the St. John Valley late last summer and early fall. The Freeport company said it was interested in developing wind turbine electricity.

The wind towers are located in Frenchville, St. Agatha, Fort Kent, Hamlin, and Cyr Plantation.

The 160-foot-tall testing towers measure wind speed and direction.
St. Agatha Town Manager Ryan Pelletier said the town received the minimum amount of money for its option. Aroostook Wind Energy is paying landowners $10 per acre, with a $2,000 minimum.

"I don't know how many options they have," Pelletier said. "I have heard many farmers have signed options in the last several weeks."

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The town of St. Agatha got in on some of the action this week by signing a five-year option for 30 acres. The land was the site of the former landfill the town had on a cross road between Routes 161 and 162.

The town will get $2,000 for signing the option with Aroostook Wind Energy LLC, the previous name of the company looking into wind energy along a range of hills in the Fort Kent-Frenchville-St. Agatha area.

Martin Culik, an official with Aroostook Wind Energy, could not be reached Thursday.

Linekin Bay Energy Co. LLC located six testing towers in the St. John Valley late last summer and early fall. The Freeport company said it was interested in developing wind turbine electricity.

The wind towers are located in Frenchville, St. Agatha, Fort Kent, Hamlin, and Cyr Plantation.

The 160-foot-tall testing towers measure wind speed and direction.
St. Agatha Town Manager Ryan Pelletier said the town received the minimum amount of money for its option. Aroostook Wind Energy is paying landowners $10 per acre, with a $2,000 minimum.

"I don't know how many options they have," Pelletier said. "I have heard many farmers have signed options in the last several weeks."

The towers were erected to see if there is enough wind to economically build a wind tower project in the St. John Valley, according to Christian A. Herter III, president of Linekin, when he discussed the project with the Fort Kent Town Council last October.

The 8-inch diameter pipe towers measure wind speed at three altitudes. The data are sent by cell phone, already installed on the towers. The towers are held in place by four guide wires attached to the ground. The site of each tower is less than 1 acre, including the attachment holding the wires.

A few weeks before the meeting in Fort Kent, Herter had told the Maine Land Use Commission that Linekin was interested in constructing a 500-megawatt wind farm somewhere in northern Aroostook County. Such a facility could require up to 300 turbines.

The test towers could be on-site for up to two years. During that time they could be moved if wind speed and direction are not adequate at the sites where they were erected.

The option signed by the town and others has a five-year term.
According to information on the town's lease, Aroostook Wind Energy is interested in developing and operating a wind power generation project. The facilities would have turbine generators situated on tubular towers on cement platforms.

They also would include underground and above ground electrical transmission and communication lines to measure the wind.

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FEB 24 2006
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