There is over 50 MW of latent hydro power that can be justified in the same way.
>>From approval of FERC permit:
"The applicant, Bangor, has applied to FERC for a new
license to continue operation of the 8 . 9-MW Ellsworth Project . The project is located i n the fastest growing portion of applicant's service area and substantial load growth is
expected to continue .
Applicant's need for continuing operation of the project,
over both the short and long terms is both economic and
operational. From both economic and financial points of view,
no source of replacement power is available which is cost competive with a hydroelectric facility whose original cost has been amortized, which has no fuel costs and which has modest operating and maintenance costs.
From an operational point of view, the project provides the high reliability
associated with hydroelectric facilities, has "black start"
capacity which is used to bring other sources on-line in the
event of a system outage, provides approximately 9 megawatts
of spinning reserve and, when its output is not on dispatch,
is valuable as a support source while repairs are being made.
Additionally, it is the opinion of Staff that 79 years of
operation and usefulness by, and to, the applicant give strong
support to the applicant's need for the project and a new