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Kibby wind project open house set

EUSTIS – Representatives of TransCanada Energy Ltd. will hold an open house Thursday to field questions on the proposed $270 million Kibby Wind Power project in northern Franklin County.

The event will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 31, at the Stratton Community Building on Main Street in Stratton, which is connected to the Eustis Town Office.

The company filed an application with the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission in January to rezone 2,900 acres and to build a wind energy farm on ridges of the Boundary Mountains.

There will be a number of project representatives, presentation boards and a few short video presentations during the open house to update information and outline the project.

The company plans to site 44, three-megawatt turbines on private land that is actively managed for forestry on Kibby Mountain (17 to 19 turbines) and Kibby Range (25 to 27 turbines) in Kibby Township and Skinner Township, about 8 miles north of Eustis.

It proposes to erect 12 turbines sited below 2,700 feet and no turbines sited above 3,210 feet, according to information on the Web site www.transcanada.com/kibbywindpower.

The total height of wind towers including blades would be 410 feet.

The closest turbine is 15.5 miles away from the Appalachian Trail, and the closest residence is 1.2 miles away, project representatives told Franklin County commissioners in April.

The project is expected to generate an average of 357 kilowatt hours per year, which is equivalent to the electricity needs of about 50,000 homes, according to information provided by Kibby.

Power would be marketed to institutional and commercial users in Maine and the remainder sold to other users in New England.

By Donna M. Perry
Staff Writer

Sun Journal

30 May 2007