State reviewing application for wind farm in Hancock County

The state has begun reviewing an application to develop a wind farm in northern Hancock County and is weighing whether to schedule a public hearing on the proposal, which three years ago generated concerns about its potential to kill birds and bats.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection determined in mid-November that the application from Longroad Energy to develop a 22-turbine wind farm in Eastbrook and Osborn is complete, Mark Bergeron, director of the DEP’s bureau of land resources, said Monday. Part of the related infrastructure for the project would be located in Aurora and in Townships 16 and 22.

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Comment by Dan McKay on December 4, 2018 at 12:31pm

IN IT'S BID IN THE RECENT RFP FROM NATIONAL GRID - RHODE ISLAND, LONGROADS WAS ASKED :
7.13 State whether the bidder or its affiliates have executed agreements with
respect to energy, RECs and/or capacity for the project (including any agreements that have been terminated) and provide information regarding the associated term and quantities, and whether bidder has been alleged to have defaulted under or breached any such agreement.
THEIR RESPONSE :
Longroad has not executed any long-term energy, capacity or REC sales agreement(s) for the Project. The Longroad team generally has experience negotiating and executing agreements with respect to energy, RECs and/or capacity.
BUT, 3 YEARS AGO IN A LETTER TO THE MAINE PUC :
May 4, 2015
Harry Lanphear, Administrative Director
Maine Public Utilities Commission
State House Station 18
242 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333
Re: MAINE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, Docket No. 2014-00024, Request for
Proposals for Long-Term Contracts For Capacity Resources and Associated Energy
Dear Mr. Lanphear:
Weaver Wind, LLC hereby withdraws its proposal for a long-term contract for the Weaver Wind project that was submitted last year in response to the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s request for proposals in this docket.
Very truly yours,
Matthew Kearns
Vice President, Development
Comment by Dan McKay on December 4, 2018 at 10:50am

Can't find where this requirement shows up in the application :

  1. Tangible Benefits. An applicant must demonstrate that a proposed wind energy development will establish environmental and economic improvements or benefits to the citizens of Maine attributable to the construction, operation, and maintenance of the proposed development. The evidence submitted in support of this demonstration shall include, but is not limited to, the following.

  1.  Evidence of a power purchase agreement or other evidence demonstrating the intended sale or use of the electrical energy by a person other than the generator for the anticipated life of the project. 

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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT (excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?"  http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” http://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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