Saturday April 5th, 2008
by Kevin Miller Bangor Daily News news story
A Texas company is courting Aroostook County landowners as it moves forward with plans for several large wind farms that could transform the landscape in some areas of northern Maine.
Horizon Wind Energy’s long-term plan envisions up to 400 turbines spinning in the farm fields and forests of Aroostook County.
Company officials say they are focusing on a forested area west of Bridgewater. But Horizon officials are keeping mum on additional locations, adding only that most are agricultural or forested sites in eastern Aroostook County.
Planning is still in the preliminary stages, but company officials say the wind-power facilities would likely be built in several phases if the projects survive the lengthy and costly regulatory process. Horizon, which operates wind farms in five other states, has not submitted any applications with Maine regulators.
But if Horizon officials’ vision comes to fruition, the suite of wind farms could produce up to 800 megawatts of pollution-free energy when operating at full capacity. The state of Maine uses 2,200 megawatts of power at peak demand in summer months.
That could also put Maine — already New England’s leader in wind power — into the upper echelon nationally of states tapping the wind for electricity....
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