August 2015

 

Plan for Maine's largest wind farm submitted to regulators
 
The Number Nine project would be about 35 percent larger than the state's biggest wind farm to date, which is located near the town of Bingham. That SunEdison project started construction this summer and has a nameplate capacity of 185 megawatts.
EDP Renewables estimates the Number Nine Wind Farm project would require hiring about 300 people in Aroostook County during construction. The company said it already has spent about $2 million there developing the project.

Tidal power startup plugs Alaska river power project to the grid
 
The tidal power generation developer Ocean Renewable Power Co. that made international headlines in 2012 for connecting a Cobscook Bay tidal generator to the grid has started generating power for a remote Alaskan village using a smaller version of the turbine.
The company announced this week that it placed its RivGen turbine generator in the Kvichak River to generate power for the southwestern Alaska village of Igiugig.
 
Carper, Collins Reintroduce Offshore Wind Bill    

 

      
 Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have introduced the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, which would provide critical financial incentives to encourage investment in offshore wind energy. This legislation would create an investment tax credit (ITC) that is redeemable for the first 3,000 MW of offshore wind facilities placed into service, amounting to approximately 600 wind turbines.
 
PUC staff says no to CMP land buy
 
Maine Public Utilities Commission staff have recommended against Central Maine Power Co.'s request to negotiate a land deal on behalf of a sister company that develops wind farms.
The Bangor Daily News reported that CMP is seeking to arrange a land deal for Atlantic Wind, also an Iberdrola company, by negotiating and purchasing a right-of-way on land owned by Brookfield Hydro. The deal would allow construction of a line that would be used for Atlantic Wind's wind farm in Somerset County, now called West Range Wind

SunEdison/TerraForm Power Announce $2 Billion Wind Acquisition 
 
Another day, another major acquisition -  SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) has announced its yieldco, TerraForm Power (NASDAQ: TERP), has signed an agreement to acquire net ownership of 930 megawatts of wind farms from Invenergy Wind LLC.
The portfolio consists of seven contracted wind farms located in the United States and Canada with a weighted average remaining contract life of 19 years.
 
Brunswick project will turn waste into renewable energy
 
Weyburn and his business partners are counting on the things most people flush or throw away to fuel a 1-megawatt "anaerobic digester" that their company, Village Green Ventures, is building at the Brunswick Landing business park in Brunswick. They are going to need roughly 180 tons of it each day.
Anaerobic digesters consist of massive tanks containing bacteria that "eat" biological waste and convert it into methane-rich biogas, which powers a turbine to generate electricity. The Brunswick Landing digester will have three steel tanks, the largest of which will stand 75 feet tall and have a capacity of 850,000 gallons.