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

First Wind

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 mark.bergeron@maine.gov. Thank you very much in advance for your consideration.

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Comment by Mike DiCenso on April 3, 2014 at 9:32pm

One of the FoLL members offered a complete financial assessment to  LURC some time ago...gratis. He is a college professor and has been doing such studies for 20 years. His offer was ignored. It might have upset the preconceived fairy tales some of them had of their personal wind mythology. It would have been enlightening and FREE.

Comment by Martha thacker on April 3, 2014 at 3:58pm

I think many in DEP,past and present,  have wanted to work for the people of Maine... Thank you ..great day. The banks that First Wind has done business with in the past are in a lot of trouble for criminal activity. It's almost over for the racket and the rackateers.

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on April 3, 2014 at 11:24am

Dan ,in her  testimony to  the UET committee on May 9 th 2013 , DEP  Commissioner  Aho  expressed that :The department needs the flexibility to address emerging  issues which  would  be  best done through technical rulemaking ", " to allow the   department to undertake independent financial capacity review. " was  one of  those issues .


Comment by Long Islander on April 3, 2014 at 11:03am

I wonder whether First Wind's solicitation on this $75 million discloses every single court case they and their scores of LLC's are involved with. 

Comment by Dan McKay on April 3, 2014 at 10:36am

It would be nice if the Department would bring in some professionals to assess this companies financial viability .

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