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June 09, 2004

Maine Approves a 50-Megawatt Wind Power Plant

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved the construction of the state's first wind power project, the Mars Hill Wind Power Project. The 50-megawatt project will consist of 30 wind turbines along a ridge and plateau at Mars Hill in northern Maine. See the Maine DEP press release.

The Maine project will be one of the largest wind facilities in the Northeast, second only to the 64.5-megawatt Waymart Wind Farm in Pennsylvania. But both those projects will be dwarfed if a proposed project in New York State is built: Zilkha Renewable Energy and Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation aim to build a 300-megawatt wind power plant on Tug Hill in Lewis County. The project includes a 10.5-mile transmission line to connect the wind plant to the power grid. The partners are in the midst of gaining permits for the project. See the Flat Rock Wind Power Project Web site for a description of the project and the latest news on the permitting process.

While wind project developers continue to advance their plans in the Northeast, Invenergy, LLC is starting construction on a wind plant in the South. The 27-megawatt Buffalo Mountain Wind Energy Center in Anderson County, northwest of Knoxville, will feature 15 1.8-megawatt Vestas wind turbines. It will be the state's largest wind plant, located next to the only existing wind plant, a 1.98-megawatt facility owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). TVA will also buy the power from the new project, selling it through its Green Power Switch program. According to Michael Polsky, president of Invenergy, the company is moving forward with the project because it is confident that Congress will pass the wind energy production tax credit. The company expects the wind plant to begin commercial operation later this year. See the Invenergy press release (PDF 12 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.