Number Nine wind farm submitting bid for Maine RFP by May 11

Chapman and Kurt outlined EDP Renewables North America as developing, constructing, owning and operating wind farms and solar parks throughout North America. 

EDPR is ranked fourth in the United States in installed wind capacity and produces enough energy to power approximately 2 million homes. 

EDPR is trying to develop a wind farm in northern Aroostook County called the Number Nine Wind Farm. This is located nine miles west of Route 1 between Presque Isle and Houlton. The proposed wind turbines would be located in forested, unincorporated territory. 

EDP Renewables began work on the wind farm in 2001 and installed meteorological towers (to test wind speeds) in 2006. The area was described as having a tremendous wind energy resource that is largely untapped.

Both Chapman and Kurt state that there are many benefits to the Wind Farm project including tax revenue, jobs and spending, landowner payments, as well as sponsorships. 

In fact, they project that the Number Nine Wind Farm will generate $250 million in property tax revenue over a 30-year timeline (based on a 400 M W project). The Wind Farm leases land to host the wind farm infrastructure and pays annual payments to landowners who lease their land for the project. 

They expect an extensive job increase to Mainers, and more specifically, citizens of Aroostook County during development and construction of the project. EDP Renewables has collaborated with communities near the project area, and plans to continue supporting those communities and organizations.

ISO-New England is requiring Number Nine Wind Farm to connect to the grid at Pittsfield, Maine. Chapman illustrated that the majority of the new “generator lead line” from Haynesville to Coopers Mills will parallel existing power lines, and that the majority of the easements needed for this power line have been acquired.

However, in order to build the wind farm, EDP Renewables needs a buyer for its power. Maine has issued a request for proposals to procure renewable energy and the Number Nine Wind Farm will be submitting a bid. Bids are due by May 11, and a winner will be selected by the end of the year.

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EDP Number Nine Wind Farm / China Global Investment Tracker

There has been discussion among wind opponents in the past that the project's developer EDPR (EDP Renewables; part of Energias de Portugal) is part owned by China Three Gorges which is owned by the Communist Chinese government according to Wikipedia, e.g.,

The following screenshot would seem to provide additional support of there being Chinese ownership.

This screenshot derives from the following downloadable Excel file from the "China Global Investment Tracker". (Simply click on the link to download nd use the drop down arrows to filter).


The China Global Investment Tracker (CGIT) is the only comprehensive public data set covering China’s global investment and construction, which are documented both separately and together. Inaugurated in 2005, the CGIT now includes over 3,300 large transactions across energy, transportation, real estate, and other industries, as well as 300 troubled transactions. The full list, with the amount, Chinese parent company, host country, and sector, is available for public use with the proper citation. The tracker is published by the American Enterprise Institute.



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Comment by Richard McDonald/Saving Maine on April 30, 2020 at 9:44pm

No surprise here. Mills is moving quickly to implement her renewable mandate with PUC being the procurment agent as they did with Weaver Wind. Apex's proposed development, Downeast Wind,  planned for Columbia/Schoodic Lake area will be bidding as well. The PUC needs to publish the RFP ASAP.. The original EDP plan included the MEPCO transmission line. Will the new company buying Emera build a large substation for grid access or will the MEPCO line be built to carry other projects along the corridor? None of this bodes well for Maine. 

Comment by arthur qwenk on April 30, 2020 at 9:21pm

From the same People that brought you the Wuhan Flu.

To "The People's Republic of Maine"

How Fitting!


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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 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?" 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.”

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"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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