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First Wind Awards Scholarships

STATEWIDE, Maine — First Wind has awarded five Maine high school seniors with college scholarships totaling $32,000. On June 14, company officials celebrated with the students and their families at a special dinner in their honor at River Driver’s restaurant in Millinocket. The five winners are all college bound seniors from …

First Wind eyes Bowers Mountain

CARROLL PLANTATION, Maine — First Wind of Massachusetts is collecting data on Bowers Mountain wind conditions as a first step toward possibly erecting an industrial wind-to-energy site near the 1,127-foot summit, company officials said Tuesday.
Today, First Wind has closed two financing transactions for a total of $191 million. The first is an eight-and-a-half-year $115 million term loan facility from Alberta Investment Management Corporation ("AIMCo"). The second is a $76 million one-year loan with HSH Nordbank for First Wind's 57 MW Stetson project outside of Danforth, Maine (pictured here). (Photo: Business Wire)

First Wind loaned $191 million

A Northern European banking giant and a Canadian investment management firm on Tuesday announced $191 million in loans to First Wind of Massachusetts.
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Turbines on Heifer Hill that are part of the Bull Hill Wind Project put up by First Wind in Township 16. The company has 19 turbines functioning in the area and has applied to the state to put up 18 more turbines nearby.

First Wind willing to trash Maine

First Wind of Boston is now proposing a project for the western mountains — the largest industrial wind project to date. It would stretch more than 25 miles from Bingham to Parkman. The 64, 500-foot turbines that First Wind plans for this remote stretch of the Maine woods would be …
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First Wind, Emera deal closes

First Wind Holdings LLC and Emera Inc. have closed their deal to jointly own and operate wind energy projects in the Northeast through a new company, Northeast Wind Partners. First Wind is the largest developer of wind farms in Maine, and Emera is the parent company of Bangor Hydro. Under …

First Wind farm to be dedicated Tuesday

LINCOLN, Maine — A northern Maine wind farm that will produce 60 megawatts of power is being dedicated. First Wind on Tuesday will dedicate its $29 million Rollins project, which spans the towns of Lincoln, Burlington, Lee, Winn and Mattawamkeag in Penobscot County. Meanwhile, Patriot Renewables is proceeding with work …

First Wind details new project

Maine’s largest wind power developer is asking state regulators to reclassify nearly 700 acres of timberland in northern Washington County where the company hopes to build part of a 25-turbine wind farm.

First Wind receives first state PUC contract

A subsidiary of the state’s largest wind power manufacturer will get Maine’s first long-term electricity supply contract for its proposed 60-megawatt Rollins Mountain project in Penobscot County, officials said Wednesday. The Maine Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved awarding the 20-year contract to First Wind Holding LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of …

Lincoln kicks off work on First Wind TIF

LINCOLN – One of the state’s largest law firms will work with town officials to secure tax breaks with an electricity producer seeking to build a $120 million wind farm in northeastern and southeastern portions of town. The town will secure a contract paying Eaton Peabody, a 45-attorney law firm …

Amid reviews, First Wind opens office

LINCOLN – Anyone who wants to see First Wind of Massachusetts’ plan to build a $130 million 40-turbine wind farm, or question company officials about it, just needs to go to the courthouse on Main Street, company officials said Monday. First Wind has opened an office in the basement of …

First Wind SEC filing change questioned

Business experts say that energy company First Wind was within its rights to amend an SEC filing last week to declare that it did not, as the company had previously stated in an earlier filing, award …
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NMCC to graduate first wind power technicians

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Benjamin Dutil, who will be one of the pioneer graduates from Northern Maine Community College’s wind power technology program on May 14, has heard most of the criticisms and myths about wind power. The one that rankles him the most, however, is the belief that students …

First Wind deal could alter energy landscape

A wind power partnership agreement announced over the weekend could further discussions to alter Maine’s electricity market landscape, officials from one of the companies involved in the deal said Monday. The newly announced deal still must be approved by federal and state regulators, including the Maine Public Utilities Commission, and …

Lincoln exploring tax options for First Wind

LINCOLN, Maine — With the Town Council’s first try at negotiating a 20-year tax break for First Wind of Massachusetts essentially dead due to a deadlocked 3-3 council vote on March 9, councilors …

New Brunswick OKs first wind farm

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick – The New Brunswick government has approved the province’s first wind farm, to be located on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy. Energy Minister Bruce Fitch said Friday that 11 windmills will be built at Dark Harbour on Grand Manan. They will produce 20 megawatts …
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Paul Gaynor, CEO of Massachusetts-based First Wind, signs one of the windmill blades at the Stetson II wind project expansion in Township 8 Range 4 near Danforth.

First Wind to partner with two Canadian companies

The most aggressive developer of wind power in Maine has entered into a complicated partnership agreement with two Canadian power companies in order to build, own and operate wind projects in the Northeast United States. The deal was reached late Friday night, according to a First Wind spokesman. In the …
A turbine 476 feet tall at the tip of its upright blade towers over construction cranes and trees in Township 16 in eastern Hancock County on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. It is one of 19 turbines recently erected in Township 16 by First Wind. The company hopes to have the turbines generating electricity and connected to the regional distribution grid by the end of October, according to a First Wind official.

First Wind looking to expand in Hancock County

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Now that it has brought its new, 19-turbine Bull Hill Wind project online in eastern Hancock County, First Wind is looking to expand its presence nearby. According to David Fowler, senior land manager for First Wind, the firm hopes to erect another 17 turbines in the area. …

First Wind fixes filings on its VP

AUGUSTA, Maine — First Wind officials have corrected filings with federal regulators to clarify that vice president Kurt Adams did not receive a form of “equity” with the company until after stepping down as head of Maine’s Public Utilities Commission. In an earlier filing with the federal Securities and Exchange …

First wind farm in N.H. to begin operation

BERLIN, N.H. – Christian Loranger has gone from farming cranberries to farming wind. If all goes according to plan, three windmills he is erecting on Mount Jericho will be producing electricity by the end of the month, a first for the state. Loranger, a 35-year-old from Acushnet, Mass., whose first …

Group asks AG to probe official of First Wind

AUGUSTA, Maine — A citizens' group has asked Maine's Attorney General to investigate former Public Utilities Commission Chairman Kurt Adams after revelations that he accepted a grant of "equity units" in a wind power company while still on the state's payroll.