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Boston-based First Wind, formerly UPC Wind, has appointed Kurt Adams to the position of senior vice president of transmission development. Adams will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of transmission planning for all of First Wind's operating and development projects.

Since 2005, Adams served as chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) where he managed the 75-person agency regulating key electricity, telecommunications and water utility infrastructure. Adams implemented Maine's energy efficiency strategies, including Efficiency Maine. He also sited and approved infrastructure, including electricity delivery and transmission. Prior to serving as chairman for the PUC, Adams acted as the chief legal counsel and chief energy policy advisor to Gov. John Baldacci, D-Maine.

"We are very excited to welcome Kurt to our team, and we know that his immense experience will help advance the transmission efforts for our projects across North America," says Paul Gaynor, president and CEO of First Wind. "Through his most recent work as chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, Kurt has a great working knowledge of the issues facing the wind industry. Kurt is now part of our senior management team, and we look forward to his leadership in implementing creative transmission solutions across our operating and development portfolio."

SOURCE: First Wind

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