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  • Maine Public Utilities Commission requests proposals from biomass electric generators

    On June 20th the Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) issued a Request for Proposals for the Sale of Energy from Biomass Resources (RFP). Eligible Biomass Resources are sources of electric generation fueled by wood, wood waste or landfill gas that produce energy delivered to the New England (ISO-NE) or northern Maine (NMISA) system.  Bidders selected by the Commission will enter into two-year contracts with one or both of Maine’s investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities - Central Maine Power Company and Emera Maine.  Proposals will be evaluated based on the costs and benefits they provide, including economic benefits to the State of Maine. 

    The RFP and related materials are available on the Commission's website at the following link: http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/rfps/biomass2016/index2.html  Inquiries regarding the Biomass Resources RFP should be directed to Faith Huntington at faith.huntington@maine.gov. 

    Background: During its 2016 session, the Maine Legislature enacted An Act To Establish a Process for the Procurement of Biomass Resources (Act) P.L 2015, Ch. 483.  The Act directs the Commission to initiate a competitive solicitation for the procurement of energy from up to 80 MW of Biomass Resources and authorizes the Commission to direct the transmission and distribution utilities to enter into one or more two-year contracts contingent upon available funds.  The Act establishes a Cost Recovery Fund to pay the above-market costs of the contracts and directs the State Controller to transfer up to $13.4 million to the Fund at the close of fiscal year 2015-16.