TransCanada Corporation has officially filed an application with the Land Use Regulation Commission for a petition to rezone and develop the Kibby Wind Power Project.
The LURC Commissioners and Staff will be well rehearsed in wind power having dealt with the Redington project over the last year. The commissioners are expected to take regulatory action on the Redington project starting on Jan. 24 in Farmington. The proposed wind energy facility sited on portions of Kibby Mountain and Kibby Range in Franklin County, would provide approximately 132 megawatts (MW) of wind-generated electricity to customers in Maine and New England. The proposed wind project is four times the size of the Redington project.
TransCanada selected the site after carefully balancing wind resources, transmission access and engineering characteristics of the project and communicating with local communities, state agencies and stakeholders. The studies they say, confirm that the site is one of the premier wind energy resources in New England.
The construction of 44, three megawatt turbines and the associated infrastructure is expected to cost approximately $270 million and they say the project will employ up to 250 people for 12 to 18 months during the construction period. Operation and maintenance of the facility would employee approximately 10 to 12 people on a permanent basis. The completed project would also make the company one of the largest taxpayers and Franklin County’s Unorganized Territories and could be a significant contributor to nearby communities.
Once the necessary permits are in place, TransCanada expects to begin construction late in 2007. A portion of the project may be operational late in 2008, with the remaining portions of the project operational in 2009.
To obtain more information, visit TransCanada’s project Web site: www.transcanada.com/kibbywindpower.
TransCanada, a growing independent power producer, owns or has interest in, approximately 7,700 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada’s common shares on the Toronto and New York stock exchange under the symbol TRP.
by D.J. Hart, Irregular Staff
17 January 2007
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