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Saturday, August 17, 2013: First Wind, school withdrawal and immigration

Tide is turning First Wind is now in the process of submitting for an application to develop the Molunkus Wind Project in Medway, which would bring 65 wind turbines to the doorstep of Baxter State Park. Similarly, First Wind is submitting for the Weaver Wind Project, which will bring another …

State board deals potentially fatal blow to First Wind deal

Last April, Maine’s largest wind energy developer, First Wind, trumpeted a multimillion-dollar deal that would pay for the company’s ambitious plans to erect more wind turbines throughout Maine and the Northeast. But the Maine Public Utilities Commission dealt a potentially fatal blow to the deal last week. PUC staff, faced …
LETTERS

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011: First Wind, gay marriage and bath salts

Embarrassing proposal The Republican congressional redistricting proposal is reminiscent of the tactics and behavior often seen when the alpha dog emerges in a game of Risk or Monopoly. This is not why our representatives were sent to Augusta and hopefully enough voters will realize that this game playing needs to …
Turbines on Heifer Hill that are part of the Bull Hill Wind Project put up by First Wind in Township 16.

Proposed Maine law change seeks balance between ‘No Turbine Zone’ and ‘a walk through a wind farm’

AUGUSTA, Maine — The latest round in Maine’s near-constant wind power debate unfolded Monday, during a lengthy legislative committee hearing at which advocates for what they see as clean energy traded arguments with those who say towering turbines endanger Maine’s scenic vistas. Currently, the Maine Wind Energy Act requires “visual …
Turbines on Heifer Hill that are part of the Bull Hill Wind Project put up by First Wind in Township 16.

Credits for wind power, energy efficiency and teaching supplies among 55 tax breaks that expired on Dec. 31

WASHINGTON — This is becoming an annual tradition of sorts. Every year, a raft of “temporary” tax breaks, credits and deductions expires on Dec. 31. Lawmakers usually plan on extending them. But they don’t always do so in time. Congress let about 55 tax breaks expire Dec. 31. The full …
An aerial photo, taken March 18, 2012, of First Wind's 60 megawatt, 200 wind turbine Rollins Wind project, 8 miles east of Lincoln.

Blowing in the wind: Maine’s energy past and future

The nearly 400-foot-tall turbines atop Mars Hill Mountain had been spinning for several months when, on March 27, 2007, the facility quietly marked a historic moment in Maine’s energy history by selling electricity into the power grid. The Mars Hill project formally opened the door in Maine to a renewable …
An aerial photo, taken March 18, 2012, of First Wind's wind turbine Rollins Wind project, 8 miles east of Lincoln, Maine.

Maine regulators approve multimillion-dollar wind deal

HALLOWELL, Maine — State regulators on Tuesday approved a multimillion-dollar deal that gives the parent company of Bangor Hydro a large stake of the state’s largest wind farm owner and could fund construction of hundreds of wind turbines in Maine and the Northeast. The staff of the Maine Public Utilities …

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.
CONTRIBUTORS
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 …
WICKI BIZ (blog)

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.

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 …
Ben Dutil

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 …