Maine hears First Wind appeal
US developer aims to overturn rejection of 48MW Bowers project
US developer First Wind faces an uphill battle with the proposed 48MW Bowers wind farm.
Maine environmental staff has recommended that regulators reaffirm denial of the 16-turbine scheme. First Wind is appealing a 2013 decision rejecting the project because it would compromise scenic views in the area.
The state Board of Environmental Protection is scheduled to vote on the appeal 1 May.
First Wind already cut the Bowers Mountain project from 27 turbines after it was denied by the now-defunct Land Use Planning Commission in 2011.
The developer proposes to employ either Siemens SWT-3.0-113 or Vestas V112 3MW turbines in the $100m scheme.
Another wind project, the 42MW Passadumkeag Mountain proposal by Quantum Utility Generation, was denied in 2012. However, the board overturned the decision in 2013.
Image: Developer's 83MW Stetson wind farm in Maine (First Wind)