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LURC to hold public hearing on Bowers Wind Power Project  

Credit:  The Free Press, freepressonline.com 9 June 2011 ~~

The Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) will hold a hearing on Monday and Tuesday, June 27 and June 28, in Lincoln on the Bowers Wind Power Project.

Champlain Wind LLC (a subsidiary of First Wind Maine Holdings LLC) has submitted a permit application (known as the “Bowers Wind Project”) to construct a wind energy project of up to 69.1 MW in Carroll Plantation (Penobscot County) and Kossuth Township (Washington County) within the Expedited Area for Wind Energy Development. The Bowers Wind Project would include up to 27 turbines, associated access roads, up to four permanent 80-meter meteorological towers, a 34.5-kilovolt electrical collector system, an electrical collection substation, and an operations and maintenance building. The project would be constructed on three ridges in the project area: Bowers Mountain and an unnamed ridge to the south in Carroll Plantation, and Dill Hill in Kossuth Township. The electrical collector line would travel north for approximately 5 miles towards a proposed substation located adjacent to Line 56, an existing transmission corridor owned by First Wind. Champlain Wind’s permit application was accepted for processing on March 14, 2011.

The purpose of the three-part hearing is to allow the public and the project applicant the opportunity to present testimony about the wind power development application submitted by Champlain Wind LLC.

LURC must determine whether the application meets the statutory criteria for approval.

Interested members of the public are invited to attend and can offer testimony beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday evening, June 27 and June 28, at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. A presentation by LURC staff and testimony by the applicant and the intervenors will be held on Tuesday morning, June 28, at 8 a.m., also in Lincoln, and then continue on Wednesday, July 6, at 9:30 a.m. in Bangor at the Spectacular Event Center on Griffin Road.

For more information, call Fred Todd, LURC senior planner, at 287-8786.

Source:  The Free Press, freepressonline.com 9 June 2011

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