TransCanada: Wind Power Permitting
We represented TransCanada on the development and permitting of its wind power projects in Maine. TransCanada's first Maine project, the Kibby Wind Project, is a 132 MW wind power project located in the Western Boundary Mountains of Maine, and an associated 27-mile transmission line connecting the project to the electrical grid. Permitting of the Kibby Wind Project required rezoning and environmental permitting before the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), which is the zoning and planning body for Maine's more than 10 million acres of unorganized territories. In addition to permitting before LURC, the project required permits from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and selected local permits. When it was completed, the project was the largest operating wind power project in New England. In 2011, TransCanada was awarded the Environmental Business Council of New England's Outstanding Environmental - Energy Achievement Award for the Kibby Wind Project.
We also represented TransCanada in connection with development and permitting of the Sisk Wind Project, a 33 MW wind power project, in close proximity to the Kibby Wind Project. As a result of wind power legislation passed during 2008, the proposed Sisk Project is located in a newly designated "expedited wind permitting area."
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