Buyer emerges for bankrupt SunEdison’s massive Aroostook wind project

"Dark Clouds Looming ?"

"Buyer emerges
for
bankrupt SunEdison’s
massive Aroostook wind project"

PORTLAND, Maine — The San Francisco-based wind energy investors Pattern Energy Group Inc. has reached a deal with the now-bankrupt SunEdison to buy development rights for what would be the state’s single-largest wind farm, located in southern Aroostook County.

Pattern has agreed to buy rights to SunEdison’s proposed King Pine wind project for about $26.5 million, conditioned upon the project winning a supply contract from a group of southern New England states that solicited clean energy proposals in February.

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on June 25, 2016 at 11:45am
The Bingham Project June 2016
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on June 18, 2016 at 4:30pm
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on June 18, 2016 at 3:37pm

@Kathy Sherman.... NO Bingham is not functioning. The Parkman Substation where the project is to feed to is not connected as of today. I was just over to Bingham and returned moments ago with a 5 hour photo / video shoot. (images to be posted soon) I would say that the turbines are about 75% constructed, with blades still coming to the site.

Comment by Kathy Sherman on June 18, 2016 at 2:19pm
Dan et al,

Can you give an update of your post from Jan. 19, 2015, on the transmission piece of all this, connecting up to Orrington, constraints below Orrington, miles of transmission, PUC status, and is the offshore transmission route as an alternative still on the table?? Anything else that you can think of, please.

I thought the project Connecticut chose (EDP No. 9) was heart-breaking and as you say, only on drugs (really only post-lobotomy).

Is Bingham really already "functioning" as BDN says?

When I first became aware of the larger picture of New England grid and policy etc. (about 2010) ISO-NE had a horrifying map of transmission requirements. However, the bill of goods sold in Massachusetts, RI and CT, was distributed generation/on-site use etc. Not replacing 6000-10000 MW firm capacity for the grid. There was just little appreciation that demand and generation don't match well; that industrial wind turbines can't be placed as little as 1.1 times height from homes; that IWT had already grown to such size by 2010 and that's nothing compared to what's going in now; that New England does not have a viable wind resource (at least without the hyperaggressive mandates and price support of RECs commanded in the southern New England market); and that IWT are not harmonious with surrounding land use- residential or wild. None of the state governments seem to be getting the message.

This joint procurement has been very much under the radar, especially given a timeline of decision in 5 weeks!!! Who decides? Yes, and how are Woodcock and the Gov. LePage involved in deciding all this? I pretty much only get news of the joint procurement from Maine. I don't think southern New England ratepayers have a clue what is going on, and the legislators who are coming up with still more mandates have even less clue. I would say "forgive them, for they know not what they do", but that is absolutely not an acceptable excuse.
Comment by Dan McKay on June 18, 2016 at 10:21am

This project(s) has 5 years of permitting processes written all over it, what with the guaranteed permit appeals and demands on the state legislature to act to protect Maine from out of state maneuvering to dictate how we should use our land for their notions of sustainability. Anyone in southern New England considering using this option for electricity supply has to be on bad drugs.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on June 18, 2016 at 9:49am

 

The proposed
174-turbine,
600-megawatt project entered bidding for the southern New England procurement alongside a 250-megawatt southern Aroostook proposal from EDP Renewables.
It also submitted a separate bid for its project alone.

From the Article

Comment by Long Islander on June 18, 2016 at 9:36am

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(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 https://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?" https://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.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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