Friday, September 06, 2013

First Wind to appeal Bowers Wind rejection

The Massachusetts-based First Wind plans to appeal a Department of Environmental Protection's decision to deny the company a permit for a wind farm on Bowers Mountain in eastern Penobscot County.

The Bangor Daily News reported the company argues regulators created a visual standard for its proposed project that does not exist in state law and ignored testimony of an expert on staff.

That expert told the DEP that the project avoided an adverse visual impact on the surrounding mountains and lakes by a narrow margin. The department heard that testimony before issuing its recommendation of the project's denial in August.

The company previously revised its proposal at that site, reducing 27 turbines to 16 turbines in an effort to allay concerns about the project's scenic impact.


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