Boston, Massachusetts [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] UPC Wind has announced that it has received final approval from the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) on its 57-megawatt (MW) Stetson Wind Project in Washington County, Maine. The unanimous approval of the final project plans was given during a commission meeting, and follows LURC’s November 2007 vote in favor of UPC Wind’s rezoning petition. Upon completion, the Stetson Wind Project will use 38 GE 1.5-MW wind turbines and produce approximately 150 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity.
During the review process by LURC, UPC Wind highlighted a number of factors for the approved project site on Stetson Mountain including that the site has an excellent wind resource, the fact that there is no residential property currently closer than 2,500 feet and that roughly one-third of the needed transmission lines will be in the same right-of-way (ROW) as existing electric lines.“We are pleased that the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission has recognized the importance of developing alternative energy sources such as the Stetson Wind Project, which is poised to become the region’s biggest source of wind energy,” said Paul Gaynor, president and CEO of UPC Wind. “In addition, the project will also provide numerous economic benefits to the region including revenue and employment opportunities as we move forward with construction activities in the coming months.”