Audubon supports wind project


FALMOUTH (AP) – Maine Audubon is throwing its support behind a $100 million wind power project that calls for 38 turbines to be erected on Stetson Mountain in Washington County, the organization announced.

Maine Audubon withdrew its opposition against the Stetson Mountain project after meeting with its developers to reduce risks posed to wildlife. In doing so, it withdrew its request to intervene in an upcoming Land Use Regulation Commission hearing.

Evergreen Windpower LLC, the project developer, hopes to generate enough electricity for about 27,500 Maine homes from the proposed turbines seven miles from Danforth.

The proposal is one of three wind projects pending before the Land Use Regulation Commission.

Maine Audubon supports TransCanada’s proposal to place 44 turbines atop Kibby Mountain in northern Franklin County.

But it opposes Maine Mountain Power LLC’s proposal for 18 turbines on Black Nubble Mountain in western Maine.

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