May 13, 2012

For alternative energy producers, is it worth plugging in?

Questions about the adequacy of CMP's transmission grid – and the risk of losing so-called future capacity payments as a result – prompt questions on the part of several developers.

By Tux Turkel
Staff Writer

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A determination that Central Maine Power Co.'s new transmission line can't handle additional, scheduled power at its Orrington connection has kept nine renewable power projects in eastern and northern Maine from seeking valuable capacity payments from the region's grid operator. These payments can determine whether existing projects are profitable, or whether new ones get built.

The nine identified by the Maine Public Utilities Commission are: Verso Paper's Bucksport biomass boiler; Black Bear Hydro Partners' dams in Stillwater and Orono; three of First Wind's proposed wind farm projects -- Bowers Mountain, Oakfield and Bull Hill; two existing First Wind projects -- Rollins and Stetson; and Quantum Utility Generation's proposed Passadumkeag Wind Park.

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