RUMFORD – Several representatives
from First Wind LLC plan to attend a public forum on a proposed wind
farm for three Rumford mountains.

Karl Aromaa, a member of the Wind Farm
Development Committee, said Matt Kearn of First Wind and several
others will make a presentation on the proposal at 6 p.m. Oct.
13 at Mountain Valley High
School.

Travis Small, a spokesman for First
Wind, said tentative plans call for building between 14 and 15
turbines that would generate a total of about 40 megawatts of
electricity.

Along with Kearn several contractors familiar with wind turbine
construction as well as other associates of First Wind will also be
in attendance.

Aromaa announced the forum recently. At that time, a panel of people largely opposed to local
wind farm development were the sole participants. He had said that
the community knew very little about the proposal and that he had
hoped that both sides of the issue would be represented.

Among the other participants are Albert Aniel, Tom Powell, Steve Thurston, Lisa Linowes and J.
Dwight.

First Wind LLC, located in Newton,
Mass., has dozens of wind farm projects in various stages of planning
or construction in the Northeast and West.

The Rumford project is tentatively
planned for Black, North Twin and South Twin mountains.

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