Project Development, Wind Power

UPC Wind’s Proposed 57-MW Maine Wind Project Gains Momentum

UPC Wind announced it was recently endorsed by the Chairman of the Washington County Commissioners — and its recently filed rezoning petition to the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) for the Stetson Wind Project was deemed complete, which will set the stage for a full review of the project by LURC along with public hearings.

Reaching these milestones for UPC Wind’s proposed 57-megawatt (MW) Stetson Wind Project, which will be situated on a ridge in Washington County, Maine, bring it closer to the construction and operation of 38 GE 1.5-MW wind turbines, comprising a wind farm designed to produce more than 150 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. “We are pleased that UPC Wind has proposed this project for Washington County as it will bring important benefits to the community including jobs and clean wind technology,” said Chairman Christopher Gardner of the Washington County Commissioners. “We are impressed with the initial plans presented by UPC Wind and we look forward to making the Stetson Wind Project a reality.” The proposed site was carefully selected based on the ridge’s location is an excellent source of wind, the location has no residential property currently closer than 2,500 feet, and it causes minimal environmental impact. The ridge, which had historically been used for logging, provides existing roads that will be improved during construction, and two-thirds of the needed transmission lines will be in the same area as existing electric lines. “Although this project is still in the early planning and permitting stages, we are encouraged by the positive feedback we have received from Commissioner Gardner and the people of Washington County,” said Paul Gaynor, President and CEO of UPC Wind. “We consider the people of Maine our long-term partner in the effort to increase America’s sources of clean and renewable energy, and will continue to work closely with them throughout this process.”