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DEP to hold second meeting on new wind farm



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The Bull Hill wind project in Township 16.

AURORA — State officials will hold a second public meeting on First Wind’s proposed new wind farm in Hancock County Thursday night.

The meeting will go from 6 to 9 p.m. and will be held at the Airline Community School (26 Great Pond Road) in Aurora.

First Wind has applied for permission to build an 18-turbine wind farm in Township 16 and Township 22.

The new facility, referred to in planning documents as Hancock Wind, would be located near the Boston-based company’s existing 19-turbine Bull Hill wind farm in Township 16.

One meeting on the proposed wind farm was held earlier this year, in late March. At least 40 people attended that meeting, and questions were asked about the visual and sound impact that the project would have.

The June 6 meeting is being hosted by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho will be among the state officials in attendance at the meeting.

One focus of the meeting is to get feedback on the draft analysis of the wind farm proposal that was recently issued by DEP. Information about the project, including that draft analysis, is available at http://www.maine.gov/dep/land/sitelaw/selected-developments/index.html.

According to a press release from the agency, DEP will “take the comments voiced at the second public meeting into consideration as its review moves forward before a final decision is issued this summer.”

If it is approved and constructed, power generated at the new wind farm would flow to an expanded substation at the Bull Hill project.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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