Feb. 20, 2009 ISO-NE question to CMP about MPRP :
Q. What percentage of this Project, if any, can be attributed solely for generation
March 16,2009 CMP answer :
A. None. 100% of the project was developed and designed solely to address reliability
issues in the Maine transmission system. At ISO's request, CMP evaluated the ability
of MPRP to accommodate the addition of wind generation resources, but no portion of
the project was modified as a result of that analysis. The completion of MPRP will, of
course, provide a more reliable and stable transmission system that will facilitate the
integration of generation resources.
The intervenors get involved :
CLF initiated settlement talks with CMP in July 2009 to ensure that the ambitious MPRP would consider environmental factors in concert with CMP’s goals to improve power reliability in the state. As the number of intervenors in the case grew, CLF played a key role in bridging the diverse and sometimes conflicting needs of the utility, consumers, business and the environmental community to advance the negotiations. In addition to CLF, intervenors included The Office of Public Advocate, the Industrial Energy Consumers Group, and GridSolar LLC, along with nearly 180 other parties.
CLF said the proposed resolution strikes the right balance between funding new transmission projects to meet the state’s reliability needs for the foreseeable future, and innovative new measures to reduce demand and operate more efficiently, minimizing the need for additional transmission projects down the road. The agreed upon plan will:
Enable the transmission of power from Maine’s renewable energy sources like wind and hydro throughout the state, creating good, local green jobs;
Invest $17 million to fund low income weatherization and targeted efficiency programs, and further commitments by CMP and Bangor Hydro Electric to assist the Efficiency Maine Trust in fostering cost-effective efficiency measures in Maine;
Avoid new transmission lines in certain areas, substituting them with pilot programs to test the alternative use of solar, and possibly other renewable energy sources, strategically distributed to provide power on a more localized basis. The programs will utilize “smart grid” technology to ensure that the power is efficiently
and reliably delivered;
Provide funding to create a more open and transparent process for non-utility stakeholders from across the state to participate in the regional planning process;
Establish an ombudsman to help resolve issues raised by landowners abutting the MPRP facilities, and reduce, to the extent consistent with system reliability, the impact of tree clearing and construction on the communities through which MPRP will pass.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission is expected to take up its consideration of this settlement on May 25, 2010.