Woonsocket Call

Wind power projects’ size worries officials

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Wind power critics say they’re alarmed by the scale of wind power developmen­t proposals in Maine.

Maine figures into competitio­n to provide clean energy to Connecticu­t, Rhode Island and Massachuse­tts, with companies submitting bids to build wind farms in Aroostook County and the western mountains.

The projects would more than triple the state’s turbine capacity.

Chris O’Neil, a spokesman for Friends of Maine’s Mountains, told the Portland Press Herald that the projects would turn the state “into a wind plantation.”

But Patrick Woodcock, the governor’s energy director, is tamping down impression­s that all of the projects would be built. There were dozens of different proposals, and he says that it’s not possible for all of them to become reality.

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