Monhegan residents question wind power project

2:43 PM, Dec 27, 2013   |    comments
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ALANNA DURKIN
Associated Press

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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