First Wind

BANGOR, Maine - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld a ruling by the state's Board of Environmental Protection to reject a $100 million wind power project planned for Penobscot County.

The Portland Press Herald reports the proposed project from Boston-based First Wind would've constructed 16 wind turbines generating 48 megawatts of electricity near Bowers Mountain.

Advocacy groups had opposed the project due to its perceived effect on scenic views from nine nearby lakes.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission has decided to reconsider proposals for two wind power projects it had previously initially approved.

Courtesy UPC Wind

A Midwest solar power company, and its subsidiary, are joining forces to acquire First Wind, in a deal valued at roughly $2.4 billion. Boston-based First Wind operates five wind farms in Maine and is developing a sixth in Aroostook County. Analysts say being acquired by SunEdison and TerraForm Power will give First Wind the opportunities and capital it needs to bring wind and solar energy to new markets.

 

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A Maine wildlife science research center is receiving $1.1 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Energy to help answer some of the unknowns about wind power development.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Maine regulators have once again approved a deal that gave Canadian utility Emera a stake in First Wind.

The state Supreme Court in March ordered the Maine Public Utilities Commission to re-examine a deal in which Nova Scotia-based Emera invested more than $300 million to have a 49 percent stake in Boston-based First Wind's Northeast project portfolio.

First Wind Vows to Appeal Permit Denial

Jul 9, 2014

First Wind says it will appeal the state's denial of a permit for a 16-turbine development in the Downeast Lakes region.

The company will argue before the Maine Supreme Judicial court that the Department of Environmental Protection made a mistake, when it declined to sign off on the Bowers Wind project last year.

DEP officials refused to issue a permit because they said views of the turbines would have an adverse impact on the scenic character of nearby lakes.

Courtesy photo / Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power

One of the lead opponents of a wind energy joint venture has reversed its opposition to the project, and says it's OK to go ahead under certain conditions. Maine's Office of the Public Advocate - or OPA - issued a brief on Friday regarding plans by Canadian utility Emera - owner of the companies formerly known as Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service Company - to enter into a joint venture with Boston-based First Wind.  Tom Porter has more.