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Proposed Kibby Expansion Wind Power Project

  • The Sisk Mountain ridgeline is proximate to the Kibby Wind Power Project, currently under construction.
  • This $92 million expansion would include up to 11 three-megawatt turbines situated on private land that is actively managed for forestry.

  • The project is located within the Expedited Wind Power Permitting Area. This “expedited area” was determined by the Governor’s Task Force on Wind Power Development and the Maine legislature to be compatible with existing patterns of development and resource values and therefore subject to streamlined permitting provisions. More information about Maine’s new wind power policy is available here: www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/windpower/.

Status and Timelines

  • March 2009 – Meteorological tower application filed with LURC
  • August 2009 – LURC approved meteorological tower
  • Q4, 2009 - Submitted state and federal development applications
  • Q1, 2011 -  Final Regulatory decisions expected
  • Q4, 2012 - Commencement of Operations (target date)

 


Public Involvement

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:

  • Next open house – TBD
  • December 15, 2009 - Stratton Community Building

Commercial Information

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.


Background

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.


Careers

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:

Dustin Littlefield
Assistant Project Manager
Reed & Reed
207.443.9747
275 River Road
PO Box 370
Woolwich, ME
04579

Greg Shelton
TransCanada
Kibby Operations Coordinator
207.297.2559
P.O. Box 114
Eustis, ME 04936

Mike Daigle
Site Manager
Vestas/Kibby Wind Power Project
503.953.6452
midai@vestas.com
www.vestas.com/en/jobs/job-openings.aspx


News Releases

Currently there are no media announcements.


Contacts

Nick Di Domenico
Project Manager
416.869.2135

Kibby Wind Power Project e-mail
kibbywind@transcanada.com

Kibby Wind Power toll-free number
1.877.943.3367

Mailing address
TransCanada Kibby Wind Power Project
52 Center Street
Portland, Maine 04101


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