Chapman and Kurt outlined EDP Renewables North America as developing, constructing, owning and operating wind farms and solar parks throughout North America.
EDPR is ranked fourth in the United States in installed wind capacity and produces enough energy to power approximately 2 million homes.
EDPR is trying to develop a wind farm in northern Aroostook County called the Number Nine Wind Farm. This is located nine miles west of Route 1 between Presque Isle and Houlton. The proposed wind turbines would be located in forested, unincorporated territory.
EDP Renewables began work on the wind farm in 2001 and installed meteorological towers (to test wind speeds) in 2006. The area was described as having a tremendous wind energy resource that is largely untapped.
Both Chapman and Kurt state that there are many benefits to the Wind Farm project including tax revenue, jobs and spending, landowner payments, as well as sponsorships.
In fact, they project that the Number Nine Wind Farm will generate $250 million in property tax revenue over a 30-year timeline (based on a 400 M W project). The Wind Farm leases land to host the wind farm infrastructure and pays annual payments to landowners who lease their land for the project.
They expect an extensive job increase to Mainers, and more specifically, citizens of Aroostook County during development and construction of the project. EDP Renewables has collaborated with communities near the project area, and plans to continue supporting those communities and organizations.
ISO-New England is requiring Number Nine Wind Farm to connect to the grid at Pittsfield, Maine. Chapman illustrated that the majority of the new “generator lead line” from Haynesville to Coopers Mills will parallel existing power lines, and that the majority of the easements needed for this power line have been acquired.
However, in order to build the wind farm, EDP Renewables needs a buyer for its power. Maine has issued a request for proposals to procure renewable energy and the Number Nine Wind Farm will be submitting a bid. Bids are due by May 11, and a winner will be selected by the end of the year.
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There has been discussion among wind opponents in the past that the project's developer EDPR (EDP Renewables; part of Energias de Portugal) is part owned by China Three Gorges which is owned by the Communist Chinese government according to Wikipedia, e.g.,
The following screenshot would seem to provide additional support of there being Chinese ownership.
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