MAYSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Duke Energy Renewables (NYSE: DUK) says a proposed wind turbine project in northeastern Kentucky is no longer planned.
The Ledger Independent cited a letter from company executive, Milton R. Howard, that says the company has decided not to move forward with the proposal to build between 26 and 100 wind turbines in Mason and Fleming counties near the community of May's Lick.
"This purpose of this letter is to document Duke Energy Renewables' intent to discontinue the "Flemingsburg" wind project that was being studied for possible development in Mason and Fleming counties."
"We believe at this time, the project's likelihood of success is marginal, and therefore plan on exploring other areas that require less resources in early-stage development and have a higher likelihood of success. As you know, Duke Energy Renewables must first determine if a project is viable before moving forward with development. It often takes some time to complete this process, and many factors influence our analysis."
Mason County Judge-Executive James L. "Buddy" Gallenstein received a copy of a letter last week and shared it with magistrates on Friday.
The issue has divided the community for months, so Gallenstein says a public hearing on Monday over the matter will proceed as planned.
He says local officials have studied the issue in an effort to make recommendations on how to regulate such projects.
"The planning commission needs to go forward with a decision to address the issue and the (fiscal) court needs to address, in ordinance form, the subject," Gallenstein said. "I think we can come up with an ordinance to benefit the entire county."
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