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Large Maine wind farm gets preliminary approval

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BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — A proposal to build what would be Maine's largest energy-generating wind farm has received preliminary approval from state environmental regulators.

The Department of Environmental Protection's draft decision, issued Wednesday by Commissioner Patricia Aho, means the department could issue a final decision as early as Sept. 5. The deadline is Sept. 8.

Blue Sky West, a Boston-based developer and subsidiary of First Wind Holdings Inc., has been seeking approval for the $400 million, 62-turbine project proposed for Bingham and surrounding communities since May 2013.

A company spokesman tells the Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/XUQpxZ ) the project does not yet have financing.

The 206-megawatt project has faced legal challenges over financing and environmental impacts.

The project could be appealed to the state Board of Environmental Protection if it receives final approval.

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