TransCanada Maine Wind Development - Rulemaking

Last Updated: September 18, 2010

On July 1, 2009, TransCanada Maine Wind Development, Inc. submitted a rule-making petition to the Land Use Planning Commission to add a specific parcel of land to the wind power expedited permitting area for the purpose of constructing a wind energy development in Chain of Ponds Twp and Kibby Twp. in Franklin County. On November 9, 2009, TransCanada revised the location of the development, but retained the request to expand the expedited permitting area as proposed. The requested expansion of the expedited permitting area would have the effect of changing the review criteria and process for future wind power development proposals in the expansion area. At the Commission's August 5, 2009 regular business meeting, the Commission voted to proceed with rule-making, and on September 2nd, and November 4, 2009 the process and the dates of the public comment period and public hearing were discussed.

The Notice of Agency Rule-making containing the public comment period, hearing dates, and other specifics for this project was published by the Secretary of State's office on November 25, 2009, and is available by following the link below. Written comments on the petition and associated subjects as described in the Notice may be submitted by US Postal Service Mail to "LURC, 22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0022" or by email to lupc@maine.gov for consideration by the Commission. The Notice has also been posted on the Secretary of State's website for rulemaking and on LUPC's website.

A paper copy of TransCanada's petition is also available for review by appointment at the LUPC Augusta office (207) 287-2631, the LUPC Rangeley regional office (207) 670-7492, and the Franklin County Commissioner's office (207) 778-6614 contact Julie Magoon.

Event or Document
Location
Date
File(s)
Rule Not Adopted  
August 4, 2010
Commission Action (PDF)
Commission Meeting Spectacular Events Center - Bangor, ME
August 4, 2010
Deliberations Memo (PDF)
Agency Rule-making Rebuttal Period Extended to May 19, 2010  
May 19, 2010
Rebuttal (2 MB PDF)
End of written comment period on proposed rule  
April 28, 2010
TransCanada Comment on Rulemaking Post Hearing (9 MB PDF)
Public Comments TC Rulemaking - Partial I (2 MB PDF)
Public Comments - Partial II (6 MB PDF)
Final Kibby Expansion MAS Testimony (.5 MB PDF)
Pre-Filed Testimony of Dr. David Publicover - AMC (1.2 MB PDF)
Pre-Filed Testimony of Catherine B. Johnson - NRCM (PDF)
NRCM Attachments A - C2 (2.4 MB PDF)
MA NRCM AMC Jt Petition Comments (PDF)
MNAP Kibby 2 Comments (PDF)
MNAP F-HLB list (PDF)
BP&L Comments - NE Corp of Engineers(PDF)
BP&L Comments - Alan Stearns
BP&L Review Comments (PDF)
BP&L Comments - MHPC (PDF)
Agency Rule-making Comment Period Extended  
March 17, 2010
Secretary of State Notice
Public Hearing, Part Two: Public Notice of Agency Rule-making: public hearing and comment period Sugarloaf Inn, 5092 Sugarloaf Access Rd. Carrabassett Valley - 10:00AM
March 17, 2010
Notice of Agency Rulemaking (PDF)
Part II Hearing Testimony (25 MB PDF)
Public Hearing Audio-AM (64 MB MP3)
Public Hearing Audio-AM (35 MB MP3)
Public Hearing Audio-PM (54 MB MP3)
Public Hearing Audio-PM (35 MB MP3)
Public Hearing Audio-PM (11 MB MP3)
Commission Review-Request to Extend Comment Deadline (8 MB MP3)
Project Revision  
March 10, 2010
Cover Letter (PDF)
Legal Description of Revised Proposal (PDF)
Supplement Narrative
(PDF)
FBM Objection (PDF)
Attachment A (PDF)
Attachment B (PDF)
Attachment C (PDF)
Attachment D (PDF)
Attachment E (PDF)
Commission Meeting - Consideration by Commission of Guidance Document Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Rd., Bangor, ME - 9:30AM
March 3, 2010
Commission Memo (PDF)
Wind Power Expedited Area Expansion Guidance Document
(PDF)
End of public written comment period on draft Guidance Document  
February 10, 2010
Written Comments on Draft Guidance Document (PDF)
Commission Meeting - Discussion by Commission of draft Guidance Document Bolton Hill Facility - ME Forest Service
2870 North Belfast Ave, Augusta, ME - 9:30AM
February 3, 2010
Audio (16 MB MP3)
Draft of Guidance Document available for public review  
January 25, 2010
Cover Memo (PDF)
Draft Expedited Area Guidance
(PDF)
Public Hearing, Part One: Public Notice of Agency Rule-making: public hearing and comment period Senator Inn, 284 Western Ave., Augusta, ME - 9:00AM
December 16, 2009

Agenda (PDF)
Event Dates and Deadlines
(PDF)
Power Point Presentation (12 MB PDF)
Wind Power Testimony (7 MB PDF)
Morning Session Audio - Part 1 (38 MB MP3)
Morning Session Audio - Part 2 (40 MB MP3)
Morning Session Audio - Part 3 (38 MB MP3)
Morning Session Audio - Part 4 (50 MB MP3)
Afternoon Session Audio - Part 1 (36 MB MP3)
Afternoon Session Audio - Part 2 (23 MB MP3)
Afternoon Session Audio - Part 3 (38 MB MP3)
Afternoon Session Audio - Part 4 (28 MB MP3)

Notice of Agency Rule-making: published by the Secretary of State, record open  
November 25, 2009
Notice of Agency Rulemaking (PDF)
Rule-making Fact Sheet and draft rule language  
November 25, 2009
Fact Sheet (PDF)
Draft Rule Language (PDF)
Letter from TransCanada revising proposal for windpower project  
November 9, 2009
November 9th letter (PDF)
Commission Memo - Discussion of public hearing date and comment period
November 4, 2009
Agenda (PDF)
Staff Memo (PDF)
Commission Memo - Discussion of public hearing date and comment period  
September 2, 2009
Agenda (PDF)
Memo (PDF)
Commission Memo - Decision to initiate the rulemaking process
August 5, 2009
Agenda(PDF)
Memo (PDF)
Petition to Expand Expedited Permitting Area  
July 1, 2009
Petition to Initiate Commission Rulemaking (PDF)
Attachment 1 (32 MB PDF)
Attchment 2 (33 MB PDF)
Attachment 3 and 4 (8 MB PDF)
Attachment 5 and 6 (53 MB PDF)