FERC accepts grid construction deal for 250-MW wind project in Maine

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 10 accepted an Aug. 14 filing by Maine Electric Power Co. Inc. (MEPCO) of a Construction Agreement with Number Nine Wind Farm LLC for a 250-MW wind project that is due in operation in September 2016.

“Number Nine is planning to construct a 250 MW wind farm in Aroostook County, Maine and has requested generation interconnection service for the wind far,” said the Aug. 14 filing. “In order to advance the implementation of the interconnection, Number Nine has requested, pursuant to Section 9 of Schedule 22 of the ISO New England Inc. (‘ISO-NE”’ Open Access Transmission Tariff (‘OATT’), which is Section II of the Transmission, Market and Services Tariff (‘Tariff’), that MEPCO begin certain engineering and procurement activities.”

The filing added: “In order to further advance the implementation of the interconnection of the project in an effort to meet Number Nine’s proposed In-Service Date of September 15, 2016, MEPCO has agreed to commence construction activities for the [All Dielectric Self-Supporting fiber optic work] prior to the completion of applicable Interconnection Studies and the execution of a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement.”

Number Nine Wind Farm will erect 119 turbines at 2.0 MW or 2.1 MW each in the hills west of Bridgewater, Maine.

A project contact listed in the agreement is: Number Nine Wind Farm LLC c/o EDP Renewables North America LLC, 808 Travis Street, Suite 700, Houston, Texas 77002, Attn: Executive Vice President, Eastern Region.

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