Maine hydropower facility has been shut and is to be dismantled

Emera Maine, joined by ISO New England, on Feb. 3 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Notice of Cancellation of a Local Service Agreement (LSA) by and among Emera Maine, ISO-NE, and Black Bear HVGW LLC.

“Black Bear was, until recently, the operator of the Howland Hydroelectric Project (‘Howland’) located on the Penobscot River in central Maine,” said the notice. “On January 2, 2015, however, Howland ceased operation in preparation for decommissioning and dismantling. On January 5, 2015, Emera Maine’s electric transmission facilities were disconnected from Howland and Emera Maine ceased providing electric transmission service for use by Howland.”

The notice added: “In view of the recent termination of operations at Howland, and the disconnection of the plant from Emera Maine’s transmission lines, attached hereto is Notice of Cancellation of the LSA. The Filing Parties respectfully request that it be accepted for filing effective January 6, 2015, and respectfully request waiver of the Commission’s prior notice requirements so as to permit the requested effective date. As noted above, January 5, 2015, is the date Emera Maine ceased providing electric transmission service for use by Howland.”

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