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Meal, DEP wind hearing
DIXFIELD -- This Thursday, a free meal will be followed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) providing information for discussion with attendees regarding the Saddleback Wind project.
The meal, provided by the River Valley Alliance Against Wind, will begin at 4 p.m. in the community room at Dirigo High School, with the DEP wind hearing starting at 6 p.m. when people can questions and make comments about a planned 12-turbine industrial wind project on the Saddleback Ridge in Carthage.
DEP will also take questions about proposed electric transmission lines planned for Carthage, Canton and Dixfield, an electrical substation proposed for Canton, other related infrastructure, and an operation and maintenance building.
The Saddleback Ridge project, a planned 12-turbine industrial wind project, has been submitted to the department. Two other projects in much earlier stages are proposed: Seven turbine for Canton Mountain in Canton; 13 turbines for the Colonel Holman Mountain ridgeline in Dixfield.
The Quincy, MA, firm, Patriot Renewables LLC, doing business as Saddleback Ridge Wind LLC, has proposed construction of a $65 million, 32-megawatt project for the Carthage site.
The Department of Environmental Protection asks that members of the public submit questions in writing at the meeting so that each question can be addressed before the licensing decision.