ISO New England, Bangor Hydro revise deal for 148-MW wind farm

ISO New England (ISO-NE) and Bangor Hydro Electric (BHE) on Oct. 9 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an amended Large Generator Interconnection Agreement (LGIA) for a planned 147.6-MW wind farm.

The LGIA is with Evergreen Wind Power II LLC, a First Wind subsidiary, as the interconnection customer, and Maine Gen Lead LLC, also a First Wind subsidiary, as the owner of some of the interconnection facilities. Evergreen Wind is constructing a 147.6 MW wind farm in Oakfield, Maine (called the “Oakfield Project”). The revised LGIA governs the proposed interconnection of Evergreen Wind’s facility at BHE’s 345-kV Keene Road Substation.

The ISO and BHE jointly filed the initial LGIA for the Oakfield project, an unexecuted but otherwise fully conforming agreement, on Jan. 10. The filing explained that, although all three parties to that agreement supported commission acceptance, BHE did not execute the agreement because an April 2012 order issued by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) arguably prohibited BHE from providing services to an affiliate without first obtaining MPUC approval. Although First Wind submitted a request to the MPUC in December 2012, for clarification on the scope of affiliate transactions that require MPUC pre-approval, the filing parties requested FERC action on the initial Oakfield LGIA filing while the MPUC clarification request was pending. On March 11, FERC issued an order conditionally accepting the Initial Oakfield LGIA.

The MPUC issued an order on April 16 clarifying that its April 2012 order clearly requires BHE to obtain MPUC approval to provide interconnection service to any of its affiliates (such as First Wind). On May 21, the MPUC issued an order approving the initial Oakfield LGIA. In light of that approval, BHE executed the initial Oakfield LGIA on May 23.

Since the initial Oakfield LGIA became effective, the parties identified the need to make several modifications to it. Those modifications include converting the conforming three-party agreement into a non-conforming four-party agreement to recognize an additional party that will own the gen lead line, which is part of the interconnection facilities.

In the amended LGIA, the commercial operation deadline for the wind project has been changed from being in August 2014, to the end of 2015. This project is rated at 147.6 MW (gross) and 135.5 MW (net), with all studies performed at or below these outputs. It will be comprised of 48 units rated at 3.075 MW each and will be located in Oakfield, Aroostook County, Maine.

Contact information includes: Legal Department, Evergreen Wind Power II LLC or Maine GenLead LLC c/o First Wind Energy LLC,
 179 Lincoln Street, Suite 500, 
Boston, MA 02111, General.counsel@firstwind.com, Phone: 617-960-2888
, Fax: 617-960-2889.

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