Redington/Black Nubble Wind back
Developer: Maine Mountain Power/Endless Energy/Edison International
Wasco County, OR
The Redington Wind project was proposed in Franklin County by Maine Mountain Power, a company jointly owned by Edison International and Endless Energy Company. It was originally proposed as a thirty turbine project on both Redington and Black Nubble Mountains, but was scaled back to eighteen turbines on only Black Nubble Mountain. The turbines were to be large three megawatt generators. The project is referred to as both the Redington Wind Farm and the Black Nubble Wind Farm. Franklin County is home to 29,467 people with about 17 people per square mile. According to the 2000 census, the county has a median household income of $35,891.
While the area is sparsely populated, it is enjoyed as a recreational area for many people from Maine and from neighboring states. As originally proposed, the project would have been within a mile of the Appalachian Trail. Hikers could have been within four miles of the wind farm for seventeen miles of their trek. The second proposal made the closest turbines over three miles away. The proposed project was also close to the Sugarloaf ski area and its associated development.
Figure 1: Simulated view of Redington Wind.
The development was to be on mountaintop land owned by Redington Mountain Windpower, LLC, which is an alias for the developer, Endless Energy. Unlike in many other projects, there were no private landowners with whom the developer had to negotiate leases.
Maine Mountain Power. "Black Nubble Wind Farm Development Application." <http://www.maine.gov/doc/lurc/projects/redingtonrevised/Click_to_Start.htm>. (Accessed August 5, 2008).