STATE OF MAINE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PAUL R. LEPAGE PATRICIA W. AHO GOVERNOR COMMISSIONER AUGUSTA BANGOR PORTLAND PRESQUE ISLE 17 STATE HOUSE STATION 106 HOGAN ROAD, SUITE 6 312 CANCO ROAD 1235 CENTRAL DRIVE, SKYWAY PARK AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0017 BANGOR, MAINE 04401 PORTLAND, MAINE 04103 PRESQUE ISLE, MAINE 04769 (207) 287-7688 FAX: (207) 287-7826 (207) 941-4570 FAX: (207) 941-4584 (207) 822-6300 FAX: (207) 822-6303 (207) 764-0477 FAX: (207) 760-3143 web site: www.maine.gov/dep
March 13, 2014
ATTN: Dave Fowler
129 Middle Street, Floor 3
Portland, Maine 04101
RE: Site Location of Development Act/ Natural Resources Protection Act Applications; Oakfield II Wind Project; Oakfield, Chester, Woodville, Mattawamkeag, Molunkus Township, Macwahoc Plantation, North Yarmouth Academy Grant, Reed Plantation, Glenwood Plantation, T3R3 WELS, T4R3 WELS, and Linneus; DEP #L-24572-24-C-N/L-24572-TF-D-N/L-24572-IW-E-N/L-24572-24-F-N/L-24572-TF-G-N
Dear Mr. Fowler:
The Department has reviewed the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s March 4, 2014 decision that vacated the Maine Public Utilities Commission approval of the 2012 joint venture between First Wind and Emera. Finding 3 of the Department’s October 7, 2013 condition compliance order (DEP #L-24572-24-H-C) for this project includes the determination that Emera will be making cash contributions for the proposed project. The Department has concluded that the Supreme Court’s decision has affected the proposed financing for the Oakfield II Wind project.
Therefore, the Department requests that First Wind submit a new condition compliance application describing how the proposed financial capacity materials will change based on the Supreme Court’s decision. We request that this information be submitted to the Department as soon as feasible so as to not cause any delays in construction. If additional materials are not received by the Department within 60 days of the date of this letter, the Department may consider other options.
If you would like to discuss this matter further, I can be reached by phone at (207) 215-4397 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you very much in advance for your consideration.