ASHLAND  — A subsidiary of a company with three wind farms in Maine wants to erect a series of poles to collect wind data in a remote area of northern Maine.

First Wind subsidiary King Pine Wind LLC has filed applications with the Land Use Regulation Commission to erect 13 test poles equipped with meteorological devices to collect data in the general area of the Route 11 corridor between the Aroostook County towns of Ashland and Patten.

Spokesman John Lamontagne told the Bangor Daily News  the poles would be used to test the wind speed in the region and determine if it’s strong enough to justify erecting wind turbines.

If permits are granted, Lamontagne said the test poles could be erected by the end of the year.