Maine island dwellers question wind-power project

December 27, 2013, 12:35 pm

By ALANNA DURKIN

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Residents of the tiny island of Monhegan off the coast of Maine are wondering if a proposed wind-power project could upset their quiet life and hurt tourism.

Monhegan is home to about four dozen people year-round. To get there, visitors have to take a ferry. The island is tranquil, and that's the beauty of it.

Some residents support the 12-megawatt project, but others are concerned the sight and sounds of two turbines will discourage visitors.

The University of Maine and its partner companies hope to get initial approval for a state contract next month to put the turbines 2 1/2 miles off the island's shores.

Maine Aqua Ventus says its project will provide cheaper electricity to the island, which has some of the highest rates in the country.

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