Frankfort latest Maine town to adopt restrictive wind power ordinance over concerns about proposed four- to six-turbine Mount Waldo wind farm; ordinance creates setback restrictions, noise limits

FRANKFORT, Maine , December 2, 2011 () – Frankfort has become the latest Maine town to approve a local wind power ordinance.

Thursday's vote was held in response to residents' concerns about a proposed four- to six-turbine wind farm that Eolian Renewable Energy proposed building on a privately owned parcel on top of Mount Waldo.

Residents voted 244-222 in favor of the ordinance, which creates setback restrictions and strict limits on allowable noise levels.

The Bangor Daily News says the ordinance proposal created tension between opponents and supporters in the weeks leading up to the election.

Officials of New Hampshire-based Eolian Renewable have said the ordinance essentially bans wind power projects from the town.

Travis Bullard, the company's senior development director, told the newspaper Thursday that the company will be evaluating its options in the coming week.

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