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Freedom wind farm hearing Monday

FREEDOM -- Residents will have a final chance to voice their opinions on a proposed windpower farm during Monday's meeting at the Congregational Church. The Planning Board public hearing on the project, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., was originally scheduled Nov. 9.

FREEDOM -- Residents will have a final chance to voice their opinions on a proposed windpower farm during Monday's meeting at the Congregational Church.

The Planning Board public hearing on the project, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., was originally scheduled Nov. 9.

That meeting was postponed when officials determined abutters had not been properly notified.

Portland-based Competitive Energy Services LLC hopes to construct three wind turbines on Beaver Ridge.

The turbines would each have the capacity of roughly 1.5 megawatts. The $10 million project could generate enough electricity to power 2,000 Maine homes.

The three 250-foot towers would hold blades 140 feet across, meaning the structures would reach nearly 400 feet in the air. Lighted at night and on a ridge roughly 1,000 feet above sea level, the towers would be visible from many points in Freedom.

The company has a long-term lease with the owners of the Beaver Ridge site, Ronald and Susan Price, who own Craneland Farm, a longtime dairy farm. The couple have said the wind turbines offer a way to preserve their farmland.

The controversial project has spawned heated exchanges at previous public hearings.

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FREEDOM -- Residents will have a final chance to voice their opinions on a proposed windpower farm during Monday's meeting at the Congregational Church.

The Planning Board public hearing on the project, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., was originally scheduled Nov. 9.

That meeting was postponed when officials determined abutters had not been properly notified.

Portland-based Competitive Energy Services LLC hopes to construct three wind turbines on Beaver Ridge.

The turbines would each have the capacity of roughly 1.5 megawatts. The $10 million project could generate enough electricity to power 2,000 Maine homes.

The three 250-foot towers would hold blades 140 feet across, meaning the structures would reach nearly 400 feet in the air. Lighted at night and on a ridge roughly 1,000 feet above sea level, the towers would be visible from many points in Freedom.

The company has a long-term lease with the owners of the Beaver Ridge site, Ronald and Susan Price, who own Craneland Farm, a longtime dairy farm. The couple have said the wind turbines offer a way to preserve their farmland.

The controversial project has spawned heated exchanges at previous public hearings.

Abutters fear what the towers would do to the property values and potential physical risks, such as falling ice, that the towers pose.

Taxpayers have been promised the windpower farm could help offset taxes. In May, more than 200 residents signed a petition supporting the windmill. In June, residents voted 56-25 in favor of the turbines.

Competitive Energy Services LLC is a licensed energy provider that helps Maine companies, institutions and organizations buy electricity, natural gas, propane and fuel oil. It currently buys more than $200 million a year of commodities for more than 15,000 customers in the United States and Canada. The Freedom project is its first wind energy venture.

Its subsidiary, Maine Renewable Energy, provides electricity to homes and small businesses in Maine, supplying more than 2,000 customers with power generated from Maine hydroelectric facilities.

Craig Crosby -- 861-9253

ccrosby@centralmaine.com


Source: http://morningsentinel.main...

NOV 19 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/5872-freedom-wind-farm-hearing-monday
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