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Maine milestone for Bingham wind

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting 12 February to review the report on the developer’s permit application. DEP commissioner Patricia Aho will preside over the session and gather public comments.

Maine regulators have released a draft staff analysis for First Wind’s 186MW Bingham project.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting 12 February to review the report on the developer’s permit application. DEP commissioner Patricia Aho will preside over the session and gather public comments.

Subsidiary Blue Sky West plans to erect up to 62 turbines on a ridgeline site in Somerset County that is currently managed for commercial timber. The applicant proposes to use 3MW or 3.3MW machines, either the Vestas V112 or Siemens SWT 3.0-113.

Power would be delivered to the grid via a 17-mile 115kV transmission line to an existing Central Maine Power Company substation in Parkman.

The $398m Bingham scheme won a 15-year power purchase agreement following a joint procurement by Massachusetts utilities National Grid, Unitil and Northeast Utilities, which owns and operates NSTAR and Western Massachusetts Electric Company.

The wind farm is anticipated to provide annual tax revenue of approximately $2.1m to the host communities. First Wind proposes to make additional payments to the towns of $5,530 per turbine per year for 20 years, which exceeds the statutory requirement of... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Maine regulators have released a draft staff analysis for First Wind’s 186MW Bingham project.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold a public meeting 12 February to review the report on the developer’s permit application. DEP commissioner Patricia Aho will preside over the session and gather public comments.

Subsidiary Blue Sky West plans to erect up to 62 turbines on a ridgeline site in Somerset County that is currently managed for commercial timber. The applicant proposes to use 3MW or 3.3MW machines, either the Vestas V112 or Siemens SWT 3.0-113.

Power would be delivered to the grid via a 17-mile 115kV transmission line to an existing Central Maine Power Company substation in Parkman.

The $398m Bingham scheme won a 15-year power purchase agreement following a joint procurement by Massachusetts utilities National Grid, Unitil and Northeast Utilities, which owns and operates NSTAR and Western Massachusetts Electric Company.

The wind farm is anticipated to provide annual tax revenue of approximately $2.1m to the host communities. First Wind proposes to make additional payments to the towns of $5,530 per turbine per year for 20 years, which exceeds the statutory requirement of $4,000.

Payments to other community groups total $60,000 per year plus a one-time contribution of $37,550 to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.


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JAN 29 2014
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