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Stetson Wind, ME

STATUS: Complete

TYPE: Wind

OPPOSITION: Local residents (Friends of Lincoln Lakes); Citizens Task Force on Wind Power

PROSPECTS: Complete

BACKGROUND: Stetson Wind is a 57-megawatt wind farm in Washington County, Maine. The project consists of 38 turbines, and has the capacity to generate approximately 167 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity every year, enough to power approximately 23,500 New England homes.

NIMBY groups complained that the turbines at the Stetson project threaten human and animal health, reduce land values with light flicker and low-decibel sound, are eyesores disruptive to the area's natural beauty and typically generate a fraction of their capacity in electricity. Several groups pulled their opposition once the Maine LURC approved its permits.

Stetson became operational in January 2009. The project created 350 development and construction jobs, and First Wind spent about $65 million with Maine-based businesses developing and building the project. In March 2009, First Wind announced a 17-turbine expansion to the project, dubbed Stetson II. The same NIMBY groups that opposed Stetson I now oppose Stetson II. As of April 2010, the Stetson II project was completed and operational

SOURCES: Bangor Daily News: http://ellsworth.maineville.com/detail/100696.html;
North American Windpower http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.1712;
Bangor Daily: http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/140617.html;
NECN: http://www.necn.com/Boston/Business/2009/01/23/Winds-of-change-begin-blowing/1232766180.html;
Master Resource: http://www.masterresource.org/2009/11/industrial-wind-power-in-maines-mountains-is-bad-policy-testimony-of-citizens-task-force-on-wind-power/

Last updated November 16, 2010