Plans to build New England's largest wind farm dropped

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A Texas company says it's dropping plans for now to build a massive wind farm in Aroostook County that would've been the largest of its kind in New England.

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The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2gz6W4g ) Katie Chapman, project manager for the EDP Renewable's Number Nine Wind Farm, on Monday said the company withdrew its application with environmental regulators.

Chapman says they want to "refresh the project design" in areas including wildlife and wetland data.

EDP Renewables says new transmission lines to connect it with the New England grid have taken longer than expected. It says the loss of a power-purchase deal with utilities in Connecticut also contributed to the decision.

The company says the 119-turbine wind farm could power more than 50,000 homes for a year.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com