Berlin city leaders support wind-turbine project on Jericho Mountain
On Tuesday, Gordon L. Deane, president of Cohasset, Mass.-based Palmer Capital Corporation and Palmer Management Corporation, which own Jericho Power LLC, said the turbines are expected to begin producing power in the third quarter of 2015.
He said that Jericho Power and the City of Berlin have had “a conversation back and forth” trying to negotiate a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement and are continuing to work on it.
Pamela Laflamme, Berlin’s community development director, said the idea of wind power in the city has been around since 2006.
Overall, the city’s leaders “just want to see the towers up and running,” said Laflamme.
“There is controversy around the state about wind power, but not here,” she said.
“People will see them in some places,” Laflamme said “But they won’t look as imposing as they do in other places because we have some pretty mountainous terrain.”
“It’ll increase revenue for our property base, which is nice,” she said, and it’ll also further establish Berlin’s pedigree as the city that creates clean energy, albeit energy that is sent into the regional power grid and used elsewhere. Currently, there are several hydro-electric dams on the Androscoggin River in Berlin, which will also boast the Burgess bio-power plant that is expected to come online soon.
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