Agreements filed for 185-MW Blue Sky West wind project in Maine

Emera Maine on April 6 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Agreement with Blue Sky West LLC for the planned Blue Sky West wind project.

In addition, Emera Maine tendered for filing an executed Engineering and Procurement Agreement with Blue Sky West that was executed in September 2014, but was not previously filed with the commission as a result of an administrative oversight.

Blue Sky West is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of First Wind Holdings LLC. First Wind is in the process of developing the Blue Sky West Facility, a proposed 184.8-MW wind farm that would be located in Central Maine Power’s (not Emera Maine’s) service territory. However, the Blue Sky West Facility requires upgrades and modifications of certain facilities at the Orrington Substation, which is owned, in part, by Emera Maine. Accordingly, First Wind has requested that Emera Maine enter into the EPC Agreement (and, previously, the E&P Agreement) because Emera Maine is an “Affected Party” under the Large Generator Interconnection Procedures of the ISO New England Tariff.

This project consists of fifty-six Vestas 3.3 MW V112 wind turbine generators, a 60 MVA synchronous condenser, and an associated collector system with a maximum aggregated output from the wind turbine generators of 184.8 MW. Under the March 6 agreement, the “Guaranteed Substantial Completion Date” means Dec. 22, 2016. 

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