Emera Maine on April 7 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an executed Engineering and Procurement Agreement with Blue Sky East LLC for the already-operating Bull Hill Wind generating facility.
Blue Sky East is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of First Wind Holdings LLC. Blue Sky East is an exempt wholesale generator that is authorized to sell electric energy, capacity and ancillary services at wholesale market-based rates.
Up until recently, Blue Sky East was an affiliate of Emera Maine by virtue of being owned by Northeast Wind Partners II LLC, which was a joint venture of First Wind and Emera Inc. The companies, however, recently dissolved the joint venture, after receiving commission approval to do so. As a result, Blue Sky East and Emera Maine are no longer affiliated.
The Bull Hill Facility entered commercial service in October 2012 and is interconnected with Emera Maine’s transmission system through a newly-constructed substation (the “Bull Hill Substation”). To facilitate this interconnection, the Bull Hill Facility required installation of a switching station which tied to Emera Maine’s transmission system. This was covered by the E&P agreement, which Emera Maine said that it recently found was not filed as it should have been with FERC. So it is both filing the 2012 agreement with FERC, and asking that the agreement be terminated because the work covered under it has already been done.