Central Maine revises agreement to reflect shut hydropower facilities

Central Maine Power, due to the retirement of some hydroelectric facilities, on Aug. 12 filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an amended Continuing Site/Interconnection Agreement (CSIA) with Brookfield White Pine Hydro LLC.

In April 2015, CMP filed an executed Continuing Site/Interconnection Agreement with Brookfield. As explained in that filing, the Brookfield CSIA facilitated the separation of ownership under a prior Continuing Site/Interconnection Agreement originally between CMP and NextEra Energy Maine LLC (f/k/a National Energy Holdings Inc.)

On Aug. 1, CMP and Brookfield executed this amendment to the CSIA. Central Maine said: “The purpose of this CSIA Amendment is to reflect the fact that certain generating facilities subject to the CSIA (namely, ‘Androscoggin Lower’, ‘Bates Upper’, ‘Bates Lower’, ‘Hill Mill’, ‘Continental Mill’ and ‘Lewiston Canal’) are no longer owned by Brookfield, are no longer generating electricity, and therefore no longer require interconnection service pursuant to the CSIA. These facilities have not generated electricity since 2007, have since been mothballed and, effective June 2013, Brookfield officially decommissioned the assets from ISO New England, thus preventing them from providing generation to the market on a going forward basis. The CSIA Amendment removes all references to these facilities from the CSIA.”

The Amended CSIA offers some details on the excised facilities. For example, Bates Upper is identified as 3 MW in size, while Hill Mill was 2 MW in size.

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