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Thursday
Apr122012

Maine BEP Denies Appeal of Oakfield Wind Power Project

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted unanimously yesterday to deny an appeal of First Wind’s 50-turbine Oakfield Wind Power project, affirming that the project complies with all relevant Maine DEP regulatory standards.  The appellants’ primary argument was that the project would have an unreasonably adverse visual impact on a golf course, a yoga center, and two lakes in the vicinity of the project.  The Board rejected that claim, as well as the appellants’ other claims related to wildlife, wetlands and financial capacity.  This was the sixth consecutive appeal of a wind power project that the Board has denied.  First Wind was represented by Verrill Dana attorneys Juliet Browne and Gordon Smith.    

Monday
Apr092012

Mars Hill Wind – Five Years in Operation

First Wind’s Mars Hill Wind Farm celebrated its 5th birthday on March 27. The turbines at Mars Hill have produced more than 627,000 megawatt-hours of energy since they began operating in 2007. They generate enough power to supply an average of 20,000 Maine homes per year.

Friday
Apr062012

Energy News Roundup: March 31-April 6

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Friday
Mar302012

Energy News Roundup: March 24-March 30

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Tuesday
Mar272012

Energy News Roundup: March 17-March 23

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Thursday
Mar222012

ISO New England Forecasts Flat to Modest Growth in Energy Consumption Over Next Ten Years 

Preliminary projections by ISO New England load forecasters indicate flat to slight growth in energy consumption in New England for the ten-year period from 2012 to 2021. However, peak demand is expected to grow at a slightly faster pace over the same period.

Preliminary energy demand forecasts project a compound annual growth rate of 0.9% in energy consumption in New England over the next ten years, increasing from the anticipated 138,195 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in 2012 to about 150,375 GWh in 2021.  Further analysis that reflects the demand-reducing effects of passive demand resources participating in the Forward Capacity Market (FCM) and incorporates preliminary estimates of the long-term effects of state energy-efficiency programs indicates that New England energy consumption will remain essentially flat.  That analysis shows a slight decline from a projected 132,705 GWH in 2012 to approximately 132,440 GWh in 2021.

Preliminary peak demand forecasts project growth of approximately 1.5%, from a forecasted peak of approximately 27,440 megawatts in 2012 to approximately 31,255 megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2021. Further analysis that reflects the effect of passive demand resources participating in the FCM and incorporates preliminary estimates of the long-term effects of state energy-efficiency programs indicates that New England peak demand will grow by a compound annual growth rate of approximately 0.7%, increasing from approximately 26,480 MWh in 2012 to approximately 28,145 MWh in 2021.

ISO New England expects to finalize and present its 2012 long-term demand forecast to the Planning Advisory Committee later this spring.

Friday
Mar162012

Energy News Roundup: March 10-March 16

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