Central Maine Power Proposes 550 MW Wind Transmission Project

"Central Maine Power
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Central Maine Power (CMP), a subsidiary of AVANGRID, has submitted the Maine Clean Power Connection (MCPC) in response to the request for proposals for clean energy and transmission issued in November 2015 by state agencies and utilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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CMP (I b e r d r o l a) is in this twice ?

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Comment by Penny Gray on February 10, 2016 at 5:11pm

Thank you for this information, Eric Tuttle.  You're amazing.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 10, 2016 at 4:12pm
Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 10, 2016 at 4:06pm

For those of you following LD 1513, attached is the amendment provided to me by the proponents of the bill. This will be discussed at the work session tomorrow.

Deirdre Schneider

Legislative Analyst

Office of Policy and Legal Analysis

(207) 287-1670   


Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 8, 2016 at 12:28pm

Relationship of these two projects as compared to the current
Wind Farm Locations.

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 7, 2016 at 8:25pm

MEPCO Website link added

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 3, 2016 at 10:47am

The Green in this image is the existing ROW's with the junction being Wyman Dam. The Yellow is seemingly a "NEW" cutting of a ROW with the light blue probably a future expansion. Note the path and some key Mountains within striking distance. Also note the distance on the westerly existing ROW that was extended from the Rangely lakes northward to collect only the power from the Wind Farm. This is the CMP  build out for the future, which if allowed given the passage of a few key bills such as LD 1513 (more probably) would allow them to generate with future Wind farms. What other reason would this Yellow and Blue lined ROW be needed in Maine's Future? There are NO Canadian connections at the border near Keen Siding for any power to come through Maine to Southern New England.  

Comment by Barbara Durkin on February 2, 2016 at 5:11pm

Licenses Briefs

February 1, 2016

EDF Energy Services Seeks License in New State

EDF Energy Services, LLC applied for a Maine retail competitive electricity provider license to serve medium and large non-residential customers at Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro-Electric


History of EDF and its consortium-

EDF Renewable Energy Announces Operation of the 161 MW Spinning Spur Wind Project

EDF Renewable Energy, formerly enXco, today announced that the 161MW Spinning Spur Wind Project, located in Oldham County, Texas approximately 30 miles west of Amarillo, is operational and supplying electricity to the regional transmission grid.

The project, comprised of 70 Siemens 2.3MW turbines, will deliver carbon-free electricity for the benefit of Southwestern Public Service Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy, under a 15-year power purchase agreement and will generate clean electricity sufficient to supply approximately 50,000 average homes. EDF Renewable Services, formerly enXco Service Corporation, will service the balance-of-plant during the turbine warranty period.

“Texas leads the nation in installed wind capacity, due to robust wind resources, a business friendly environment, and supportive stakeholders at the state and local levels,” commented Ryan Pfaff, Executive Vice President of EDF Renewable Energy. “Spinning Spur represents EDF Renewable Energy’s first project in Texas, and we look forward to future opportunities to build on newly established partnerships with the project’s landowners, the local community, and Southwestern Public Service Company.”

Cielo Wind Services, Inc.  (Cielo) of Austin, Texas participated with EDF Renewable Energy in the construction management of the project.  “The Cielo team directed a project spending program for construction contracting with Oldham County businesses and Southwestern Public Service Company customers,” cited Walt Hornaday, a Cielo executive. “The local property tax incentives and Southwestern Public Service Company’s long term wind purchase directly resulted in hundreds of jobs during construction.”

For more information, visit www.edf-re.com.



October 29, 2009, 4:15 pm

Chinese and American Partners to Build Big West Texas Wind Farm


U.S. Renewable Energy Group “This wind farm project came about thanks to the openness of the United States for investments in the field of renewable energy,” said John Lin, the chief operating officer of China’s Shenyang Power Group.

A consortium of Chinese and American companies announced a joint venture Thursday to construct a massive 600-megawatt wind farm in West Texas, using wind turbines manufactured in China.

Construction of the $1.5 billion wind farm would be funded largely by Chinese financiers, with an assist from the United States government in the form of loan guarantees and grants from the federal stimulus package.

“This wind farm project came about thanks to the openness of the United States for investments in the field of renewable energy,” said John Lin, the chief operating officer of Shenyang Power Group, an industrial group in China focused on renewable energy projects.

The project would mark the first instance of a Chinese manufacturer exporting wind turbines to the United States market, according to the vice mayor of the city of Shenyang, Yang Yazhou, who spoke at a news conference announcing the joint venture.

The farm is to be built on 36,000 acres in western Texas — an exact location was not specified — and will use 240 2.5-megawatt turbines manufactured in China. Construction is expected to begin next March. The project will create an estimated 300 temporary construction jobs, and 30 permanent jobs.

Partners in the project are the U.S. Renewable Energy Group, an investment firm; A-Power Energy Generation Systems, a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer; and an Austin-based wind developer, Cielo Wind Power.

The use of Chinese turbines in a major American wind project could add fuel to concerns over China’s protectionist policies in renewable energy manufacturing. China is already a dominant player in solar panel manufacturing, and exports 95 percent of its solar components to the United States and Europe.

According to a recent article in The New York Times by Keith Bradsher, China required 80 percent of the materials used to construct its first solar power plant earlier this year come from China.

Foreign manufacturers of wind turbines have struggled to gain entry into the Chinese market, Mr. Bradsher reported.

Read more…


UPC Testimonyhttp://www.sheffieldwind.com/UserFiles/File/regulatory_sheffield/Co...

Scott Rowland: My education includes a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical
16 Engineering, MIT, 1989 and a Master of Science, Civil Engineering, University of
17 Texas at Austin, 1992. My experience includes serving as owner and manager of a
18 private contracting firm in San Antonio, TX and as a Project Manager with Texas
19 Wind Power Company, a privately held wind power services company based in
20 Austin, Texas and affiliated with Cielo Wind Power Company. During both
21 employment tenures, I have participated in multiple wind power projects in Texas
22 and surrounding states totaling approximately 245 MW. During my employment by
23 UPC, I have managed engineering activities related to UPC’s development portfolio
Docket No. _______
Prefiled Direct Testimony of Cowan, Rowland, and Vavrik
February 21, 2006
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Comment by Penny Gray on February 2, 2016 at 5:11pm

Eric Tuttle, Regarding Bangor Hydro's 20 largest purchasers of power in 2012, there are three wind companies listed. What are they using that power for?  

Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on February 2, 2016 at 4:31pm

Wyman was supposed to have been at capacity and would not allow for the Bingham Project to utilize that ROW, now they propose to expand it up to Wyman after having destroyed acres of land for the Parkman run which ties in on the same run that will be upgraded coming from the Aroostook proposed route.

Comment by alice mckay barnett on February 2, 2016 at 3:55pm

Thank You


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


(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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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."


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