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Black Nubble Wind Farm, ME

STATUS: Killed

TYPE: Wind

OPPOSITION: Local residents (Maine Audubon Society)


BACKGROUND: Maine Mountain Power (MMP) sought in 2005 to build a 30-turbine wind farm on Black Nubble Mountain. According to NIMBY Group Maine Audubon, Black Nubble should not house a wind farm because of the threat it poses to rare species, such as the Bicknells thrush, the Canada lynx, and the Golden eagle.

By a 4-2 vote on January 14, 2008, Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) asked its staff to prepare a recommendation rejecting Maine Mountain Power's plan for a wind power project proposed on Black Nubble Mountain. A revised proposal, for 18 turbines only on Black Nubble, was put forward by MMP, and supported by many environmental groups, but still opposed by Maine Audubon. The project was rejected by the LURC in 2008.

SOURCES: Maine Audubon Web Site: http://www.maineaudubon.org/act/2007_blacknubble.shtml;
Natural Resources Council of Maine: http://www.nrcm.org/news_detail.asp?news=1682;
Industrial Wind Action Group: http://www.windaction.org/news/13610

Last updated November 16, 2010