CANTON — Voters in the western Maine town of Canton have rejected a proposal that would have placed a six-month moratorium on wind-power developments.

Residents on Saturday defeated the moratorium proposal by a vote of 37 to 24.

Patriot Renewables, LLC of Quincy, Mass., wants to erect eight turbines on Canton Mountain with a capacity of 22 megawatts of electricity.

Moratorium supporters said a six-month hold would give the town time to write regulations governing wind-power developments.

Opponents said the town stands to benefit from a wind farm. Town officials have said the development could cut property taxes sharply.

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