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August 15, 2013

Wind farm approved in disputed vote


The closest house to the turbines will be some 1,750 feet away from one of the devices.

More than 30 local residents filed a lawsuit against the board after it approved a permit for the project in late 2011. A court decision nullified that vote, leading to Monday’s action.

Enjem has balked at signing a community host agreement that lays out the conditions that the developers must follow while operating the turbines until their eventual decommissioning. Whether his refusal to sign the agreement will delay the project remains unclear.

The Monticello Hills project is being advanced by Ridgeline Energy of Albany. The company’s chief project developer, Patrick Doyle, said he was pleased that the board agreed to issue a new permit.

The company has highlighted the fact that the turbines would be located in a section of the town that already has high-voltage and medium voltage electric transmission lines as well as underground high pressure gas lines.

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