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Why This Wind Energy Farm’s Record Year Is Good News For America

In Franklin County, Maine just a few miles from the Canadian border is Kibby Mountain. Over 3,600 feet above sea level, the mountain is home to hiking and snowmobile trails and beautiful evergreens. And today, the remote mountain is also home to the largest wind farm in New England.

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With 44 turbines all standing nearly 300 feet tall, the Kibby wind facility has the capacity to generate enough power to meet the needs of approximately 50,000 homes – or every home in Franklin, Oxford and Summerset Counties in the state of Maine.

2014 was a record-setting year; Kibby’s output set a historic milestone. Kibby wind facility has never produced more energy annually into the New England bulk electric system market (ISONE) than it did in 2014 – and that trend has continued into 2015. Chalk it up to the persistence of the employees who have focused relentlessly on taking advantage of the winds typically at their peak in frigid winter months.

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With generation of over 2.3 million megawatt hours (MWHs) since 2009 – the year operation began – Kibby reached an annual production milestone of 314,000 MWHs last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2013 by 9 percent.

Wind energy is growing part of North America’s energy mix, and as of 2014, accounted for over 4% of all electricity generation in the United States. And it may surprise you to know that this wind farm is run by America’s trusted energy partner: TransCanada.

Kibby_2014_020_WN_FATransCanada is more than pipelines, it encompasses the full range of energy infrastructure in North America. It has invested over $5 billion dollars in emission-less energy sources which includes not only the Kibby Wind farm, but thirteen hydroelectric facilities in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont as well as solar and nuclear power. TransCanada also specializes in highly efficient natural gas power plants. In all, TransCanada generates 10,900 megawatts of power in Canada and the United States producing enough power for 11 million homes.

With over 6,000 employees and operating in 33 states, TransCanada is committed to the local communities where their employees live and work. During construction, over 315 jobs were created and over $110 million dollars were spent directly in the state of Maine on labor, materials and accomodations with a total investment of $350 million dollars. And the community benefits from every megawatt of energy that is generated, receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

It’s all part of a full energy picture for North America, a picture that TransCanada is proud to be a part of. As a leading energy infrastructure company, TransCanada can help America continue down the road to energy independence. From emission-less sources of energy production, to pipelines and more, TransCanada is and will continue to be a trusted energy partner for America.