Untitled Document

ORPC signs power purchase agreement with Maine utilities

PORTLAND, Maine 5/2/12 (PennWell) -- The Maine Public Utilities Commission has approved the primary contract terms of a power purchase agreement with tidal energy producer Ocean Renewable Power Company.

PUC's order directs Maine's three investor-owned utilities -- Bangor Hydro, CMP and Maine Public Service -- to negotiate 20-year power purchase agreements with ORPC and the 4 MW of output its tidal project will generate.

ORPC says it expects to complete the PPAs in the next several weeks, making them the first such long-term agreements of their kind in the U.S.

"Today is a major milestone in the 80-year effort to commercially harness the vast power of the tides," says Maine Senate President Kevin Raye. "For longer than most of us have been alive, it has been a dream deferred. Now that dream will be fully realized.

The PPAs' enabling legislation was established in April 2010, when the 124th Maine Legislature unanimously passed the "Recommendations of the Governor's Ocean Energy Task Force," which brought the development of tidal energies to Maine's forefront.

The project was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in February 2012, paving the way for installation of the Maine Tidal Energy Project in Cobscook Bay near Eastport. OPRC says it hopes to have its TidGen power system installed by late summer, with delivery of power as per the PPAs beginning in October.

The company will continue installing TidGen units at several other sites, eventually reaching a total capacity of 4 MW.

Latest Slideshow

Your Picture Here: Send Us Your Dam Selfie

View Slideshow >>

more slideshows >>   

Hydro Whitepapers

There is no current content available.

Hydro Industry Financials

Most Read Articles

Recent Comments

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours
To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

03/01/2015
Volume 34, Issue 2
1503HRcover
03/01/2015
Volume 23, Issue 2
1503HRWcover

Archived Articles

2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 2011 | 2012 | 2013
Hydro Review Past Issues

Buyers Guide Products

Digital Governor Conversions and Retrofit Kits

Want to Go Digital? Over the last 10 years we h...

Standard & Expedited Bearing Repair Services

Our service and repair department is the longes...

Canyon Hydro Pelton Turbines

Canyon Hydro is a leading designer and manufact...

Manitou Falls 1999

1'st PTFE-lined thrust bearing shoes delivered ...

Buyers Guide Companies

Sauer Compressors USA Inc

ABB Inc/High Current Systems

Barr Engineering Co

JM Power Aggregates Ltd

Owner, inventor and distributor of an environme...

IC-Fluid Power Inc

Founded in 1989 to bring European fluid power t...