Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Associated Press
CARROLL PLANTATION — Maine's largest wind energy developer has come back with a scaled-back plan to build wind turbines on Bowers Mountain in eastern Maine, proposing 16 instead of 27 turbines.
The proposal has been submitted to state regulatory agencies, six months after it was rejected.
Developers from First Wind have gone to organizations that expressed reservations in the past due to visual intrusions and impacts on tourism-based industries.
First Wind says its new plan reconfigures the turbines to reduce visual impact, uses more efficient turbines and new technology to leave lights off at night except when planes are in the area, and creates a fund to improve deer habitat and promote local guides.
The $100 million project in Carroll Plantation would supply the average power needs of 25,000 homes.