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Wind


maine wind resources

Over 2400MWs of Wind in the ISO-NE queue from Aroostook County

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Wind


maine wind resources

Over 2400MWs of Wind in the ISO-NE queue from Aroostook County

existing

Currently, there are two existing wind farms in Aroostook County:

  • SunEdison's 42MW Mars Hill Wind Farm has been in operation sine 2007. 
  • SunEdison's 148MW Oakfield Wind Farm began operation in October 2015.

These projects demonstrate the ability to get wind farms sited, permitted and constructed in the area. 

Proposed

Southern Aroostook County is a prime location for the development of new wind resources.

  • EDPR's 250MW "Number Nine" Wind Farm is located within 50 miles of Haynesville. The project includes a generator lead line that will terminate near the Searsport-Loring Corridor.
  • As of October, 2015, there is an additional 2000MWs of Wind in the ISO-NE queue in the area. 

The Maine Power Express development team is working with multiple wind developers in the area on Letters of Interest to deliver these wind resources to the northern DC Converter Station near Haynesville. 

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Solar


Grid-Scale Solar

In Northern Maine? Yes. 

Solar


Grid-Scale Solar

In Northern Maine? Yes. 

Existing

Believe it or not, there are some significant solar installations currently in operation in Northern Maine. The Loring Commerce Centre has both fixed-mount and tracking panels installed and operational today, selling power to Emera Maine, the local Utility. And Westfield, Maine recently completed a community project. 

Proposed

The Maine Power Express development team is working with a grid-scale solar developer on up to 1000MWs of solar power to ship on the Maine Power Express. The ample amount of relatively low-cost, open land, the significant drop in panel costs and the exponentially improving capacity factor of the technology, has opened the door to the solar opportunity for Maine and New England. 

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Hydro


Canadian Hydro Power

Connecting to an existing interconnection with Canada provides an opportunity for Canadian hydro resources from New Brunswick and Quebec

Hydro


Canadian Hydro Power

Connecting to an existing interconnection with Canada provides an opportunity for Canadian hydro resources from New Brunswick and Quebec

tie with existing Maine/canadian transmission line

The Maine Power Express development team has chosen the Haynesville area for the location of the northern DC Converter in order to collect the nearby wind resources as well as to potentially "tap" the existing 345kV "MEPCO" line 396, which carries 1000MWs of transmission capacity from Canada into Maine and New England. 

This would enable the delivery of new and existing hydro, wind and tidal resources to the MPX Switchyard and DC Converter.

Unlike other Canadian hydro import projects, this would not require a new overhead transmission line or a Presidential Permit to achieve. It could also relieve some constraints on the system in the Orrington, ME area. MPX is working with ISO-NE and Canadian shippers on this proposal. 

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Storage


Energy Storage

The opportunity exists for energy storage to play a significant role in the Maine Power Express resource mix

Storage


Energy Storage

The opportunity exists for energy storage to play a significant role in the Maine Power Express resource mix

Energy storage

The type of resources retiring in New England (Coal, Oil and Nuclear), generate electricity consistently and on-demand. Wind and Solar are "intermittent" resources, which generate only when the Wind is blowing and the Sun is shining. Sometimes, they are generating when the grid doesn't need them to. During these times, the energy could be sent to a storage, or "battery," system, for use at a later time. This technology is advancing steadily and has the potential to replace peaking facilities. Learn more about energy storage technology here. The developers of the Maine Power Express are open to all resource types and technologies to provide the best solution to New England's clean energy goals.