July 12, 2019
The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) unanimously approved a long-term contract for a 72.6 MW wind power project in Hancock County Maine. The project is being developed by Weaver Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of Longroad Development Partners, LLC and is expected to be operational no later than December 2020.
"This 20-year contract should create real ratepayer benefits for Maine" stated Commission Chairman Philip Bartlett. The contract price of 3.5 cents/kWh, increasing at 2.5% per year, is very competitive and provides a valuable renewable resource for Maine. The Commission directed Emera Maine to purchase the power from Weaver Wind in accordance with the contract.
This is the second contract for renewable energy approved by the Commission this year. In February 2019, the Commission approved a contract with the 100 MW Three Rivers Solar project, with pricing terms similar to Weaver Wind's. Both contracts resulted from the Commissions latest RFP soliciting bids for capacity resources, available energy, and renewable energy credits.
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The Public Utilities Commission gives approval to a long-term contract for a 72.6-megawatt project in Hancock County.
State regulators have approved a long-term power contract for a wind energy development planned for Hancock County.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Friday unanimously supported a contract under which Emera Maine will pay Weaver Wind LLC 3.5 cents/kWh with increases of 2.5 percent annually, commission officials said in a release.
Weaver Wind is a 72.6 megawatt wind-to-energy project being developed by Longroad Energy in the Hancock County towns of Eastbrook and Osborn. The project — which had stalled under prior concerns about its impacts on birds and bats, and after a previous developer went bankrupt — was granted development permits in May by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The wind turbines are expected to be operational by “no later than December 2020,” according to the PUC. Each of the 22 turbines is expected to be nearly 600 feet tall from ground to the highest tip of each blade, with 14 in Osborn and eight in Eastbrook, Longroad officials have said.
In 2015, the state Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife publicly opposed the Weaver Wind project, which then was proposed by the now-defunct SunEdison renewable energy firm. Officials with DIF&W said at the time that the impact on birds of the existing Bull Hill Wind farm nearby in Township 16 already was significant and that erecting more turbines a few miles away “will represent significant adverse cumulative impact to migrating birds.”
To offset this concern, Longroad agreed as part of its application to conserve 5,791 acres as bird habitat in Hancock north of the Downeast Sunrise Trail and in Whiting near Holmes Bay, and to curtail operation of the turbines at certain times. The developer will work with naturalists to create a management plan for the conserved land to help protect birds and bats, according to the permit approval.
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........................According to a news release sent to Mainebiz from Mills’ office, during his time in the Legislature, Bartlett, an attorney, forged bipartisan support for several of the state’s landmark energy initiatives, including Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative legislation, a bill to increase Maine’s renewable portfolio standard and bills to support renewable energy development.
“Phil Bartlett is a dedicated public servant and an experienced leader on energy policy who will uphold the Public Utilities Commission’s core responsibility of ensuring every Maine consumer has safe, adequate and reliable utility services at reasonable rates,” Mills said..............................
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