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Proposed Kibby Expansion Wind Power Project
TransCanada recognizes the importance of stakeholder input in our proposed project plans. Through consultation with landowners, communities, and other interested stakeholders, we share project information, seek participation and do our best to incorporate feedback into our project design and implementation.
Since the project was announced, TransCanada has endeavoured to reach out to stakeholders and get to know the local communities. While studying the project area, and now during construction, our employees and consultants continue to use local hotels and restaurants, purchase equipment locally where possible, and hire locals to oversee and maintain equipment. We've participated in the Eustis/Stratton Family Fun Days and Polar Blast events to help raise funds for the Summer Recreation Program and the Flagstaff Area Business Association. The project has donated more than $20,000 [confirm] to support youth activities and economic & community development in Franklin County.
In addition to numerous stakeholder meetings, TransCanada will also continue to host public open houses. Check here for upcoming dates and locations:
For information on TransCanada's Community Investment program, our funding guidelines and to submit an online request, please visit the Community Investment section of our website.
As of November 2009, TransCanada has spent more than $81 million in Maine during the first phases of the Kibby Wind Power Project construction on Kibby Mountain and Kibby Range. More than $7 million of these funds have been spent in Franklin County. Construction on Kibby Range will continue through the summer of 2010. This proposed expansion would extend the economic benefits of ongoing construction in Northern Franklin County for an additional year, into the summer of 2011.
To date, 315 people, mostly from Maine contracting companies, worked on the Kibby Project during the peak construction period in the summer of 2009. Eight Maine people have already been hired to maintain the installation on Kibby Mountain, with two to four more anticipated in 2010 to maintain the installation on Kibby Range. The expansion would continue supporting Maine construction jobs and result in at least one additional long-term operations/maintenance position.
Transmission upgrades done to support the Kibby Wind Power Project created additional capacity on the transmission line between the Bigelow and Wyman substations. This proposed expansion would optimize the use of this transmission infrastructure by supplying an additional 100,000 megawatt hours per year of renewable energy to the New England electric grid. This is equivalent to the electricity needs of approximately 17,000 average Maine households. When added to the 50,000 household equivalent powered by the initial Kibby project, the total electricity generated would be enough to power nearly every residence in Bangor, Augusta, Lewiston, and Portland, based on the 2000 Census.
Firms and individuals interested in participating in the construction process should send materials documenting their skills, experience, and/or specific local knowledge of the area, including availability of materials to:
Assistant Project Manager
Reed & Reed
275 River Road
PO Box 370
Kibby Operations Coordinator
P.O. Box 114
Eustis, ME 04936
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