FERC approves Black Bear SO for power sales out of hydro projects

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission official sent a Dec. 12 letter to Black Bear SO LLC accepting an application about the company’s authority to sell power from two in-construction hydroelectric projects in Maine.

On Oct. 26, Black Bear SO filed an application for market-based rate authority with an accompanying tariff. The proposed market-based rate tariff provides for the sale of energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates. Black Bear requested waivers commonly granted to similar market-based rate applicants. 

“Based on your representations, Black Bear meets the criteria for a Category 2 seller in the Northeast region and a Category 1 seller in all other regions and is so designated,” said the Dec. 12 letter from FERC official Steve Rodgers.

Black Bear will lease and operate two hydroelectric facilities under construction in Penobscot County, Maine. These facilities will be located in the ISO-NE market and will have a total generation capacity of about 6 MW. Black Bear is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of ArcLight Energy Partners Fund III LP, and is affiliated with entities that own 60 MW of capacity in the ISO-NE market.

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