Plan to build New England's largest wind power farm moving forward

ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press

A Texas company is pushing forward with an effort to build a massive wind power project in northern Maine that would be the largest of its kind in New England.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Texas company is pushing forward with an effort to build a massive wind power project in northern Maine that would be the largest of its kind in New England.

Katie Chapman, project manager for EDP Renewable's Number Nine Wind Farm, said her company hopes to begin building the 250-megawatt project near Bridgewater next year. If all goes according to plan, she says it would begin operating in early 2017 and would power up to 70,000 homes.

First, the company must get the green light from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. It submitted its application earlier this month.

Chris O'Neil, spokesman for the anti-wind development group Friends of Maine's Mountains, said some people are already raising concerns about the impact the up-to-119-turbine project would have on the area.

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