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Central Maine Power's first wind project

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Despite massive cuts at Central Maine Power, the utility's first wind project will still be on line this year. Endless Energy Corp of New Gloucester, Maine is to install three Vestas V-39 turbines from Denmark at Sugarloaf Mountain by December 1. Ground will probably be broken in mid-1994, says Endless Energy's Harlee Lee. The remainder of the 15 MW contract will be in the ground in mid-1995, he adds. Central Maine Power, a utility based in Augusta that serves some 80% of the state, has had to axe more than 10% of its employees already this year and cut back its construction programme substantially, says the utility's Tim Vrabel. He cites Maine's stale economy, and an unexpected over-supply of power in the New England state as the reason for the cuts.

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