FERC grants market authority for expanded hydro projects in Maine

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 27 accepted market-based rate authority for Black Bear Development Holdings LLC, which is developing two hydropower projects in Maine.

On Aug. 9, Black Bear Development Holdings applied 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 Development is constructing two hydro facilities for a total of 6 MW of generation capacity located in Maine, in the ISO New England market. Black Bear Development is wholly owned by ArcLight Energy Partners Fund III LP, and is affiliated with several entities that own generation facilities in the ISO-NE market as well as throughout the country.

The in-construction facilities are expansions at the Stillwater Hydroelectric Project and the Orono Hydroelectric Project. It is anticipated that construction of the Stillwater expansion project will be completed in September 2013 and construction of the Orono expansion will be completed in October 2013. They are located on the Stillwater Branch of the Penobscot River in Penobscot County, Maine. In September 2012, FERC issued orders authorizing the construction of these new facilities.

Black Bear Development leases the land for development of the expansion projects from its affiliate Black Bear Hydro Partners LLC, the owner of the existing Orono and Stillwater projects. The expansion at the Orono Project will have a capacity of 3.74 MW (nameplate). The expansion at Stillwater will have a capacity of 2.23 MW (nameplate).

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.