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MPUC Approves CMP Transmission Line for Interconnection to proposed Record Hill Wind Project in Roxbury
August 31, 2010
Augusta, Maine—Today the Maine Public Utilities Commission voted to grant conditional approval for Central Maine Power (CMP) to upgrade a section of its transmission system near Roxbury, ME. The upgrade is required in order to connect the proposed Record Hill Wind LLC (Record Hill) generation project to CMP’s electric transmission system. The proposed $13.5 million project will be paid for primarily by the wind generator (Record Hill). The Commission placed several conditions on the approval to secure financial assurances from Record Hill including a requirement for three-month prepayment to CMP of all construction costs and quarterly reports to the Commission monitoring project progress.
“In this case, the Commission must determine whether there is a need for CMP to upgrade its transmission system and, if so, ensure that the generation project driving the need is required to cover the associated cost,” stated Commission Chair Jack Cashman. “We agree with the engineering analysis of the regional system operator (ISO-NE) which concluded that the line upgrade is necessary to accommodate the projected new generation from the proposed Record Hill project.”
Specifically, the approval allows CMP to replace an existing 34.5 kilovolt (kV) line that runs from Rumford to Roxbury with a larger 115 kV transmission line. The approval also allows CMP to modify the existing 115 kV substation in Rumford in order to terminate the new line, and to build a new substation in Roxbury.
Background: CMP filed its petition requesting approving for this transmission line upgrade in July 2009. The Commission opened the case in August, began staff analysis and held a technical conference. The Commission held a public hearing—at the request of intervenors—on January 19th in Rumford and allowed written statement for another 10 days. Over the summer the Commission held several technical conferences and staff released a Hearing Examiner’s Report—which lays out the case, the proceeding, the positions of all parties, and explains staff analysis--on August 20th.
Transmission and distribution (T&D) utilities are required by Maine law submit a petition to the Commission for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) before constructing a transmission line capable of operating at 69 kV or more. After full review and consideration, the Commission must issue a CPCN for a proposed transmission project if it finds that a need for the proposed line exists. The Commission does not regulate, and does not approve or deny, electricity generation projects including wind generation--such projects are subject to market competition.
For more information on this case, please visit the Commission’s Virtual Case file (on the homepage of the website: www.maine.gov/mpuc ) and access documents available under docket number 2009-216.
Contact: Evelyn deFrees, 287-6141 email@example.com
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