ELLSWORTH, Maine — First Wind, the Boston-based commercial wind power company, could be looking to significantly boost its presence in Hancock County.
First Wind already has erected 19 turbines in Township 16 in eastern Hancock County and has applied to the state for approval to erect 18 more in Township 16 and in neighboring Township 22.
According to easements filed at the Hancock County Registry of Deeds, First Wind subsidiary Weaver Wind has identified 57 more possible turbine sites in Osborn and Township 22.
David Fowler, senior land manager for First Wind, said Tuesday that the 57 sites identified in the Weaver Wind easement are “just prospects.” He said First Wind has not yet assessed any of the possible Weaver Wind sites to see if they may be suitable for wind power development and so has not submitted any development proposals for them to the state.
“We have no wind data for that [possible project],” he said. “We have a lot of prospects in the state.”
Roger Waterman, chairman of Osborn’s Board of Selectmen, had not heard about Weaver Wind when a reporter asked him about it last week. On Wednesday, Waterman said he and two fellow selectmen are planning to get information from the county’s registry of deeds so they can discuss the potential effect the development could have on their town, if it moves forward.
“It would have an impact and a half,” Waterman said.
Osborn only has 67 residents, he said, not including the 75 or so owners of seasonal camps on Spectacle Pond, which is near where some of the turbines would be located. Osborn has no planning board and so, with a development proposal of that magnitude, the town would rely upon state’s Land Use Planning Commission for deciding whether to approve the application, Waterman said.
First Wind already has offered to pay the town $4,000 a year for each turbine it hopes to erect as part of a different project, Hancock Wind, even though none of those turbine sites are actually in Osborn. First Wind has applied to the state for approval to erect 18 turbines in Township 22, which is immediately east of Osborn, and in Township 16, which lies immediately south of Township 22
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