Maine issues 2nd offshore RFP
Maine this week issued a supplemental request for proposals for deep-water offshore wind pilot projects. The state Public Utilities Commission was ordered to reopen bidding to let a University of Maine-led coalition compete for a power purchase agreement.
UMaine’s DeepCWind group is preparing a bid for the 12MW Aqua Ventus 1 project designed with floating turbines.
Statoil last week put its 12MW Hywind Maine project on hold because of the “risk and uncertainty” caused by a second RFP, as reported in reNews.
In February 2013 the PUC approved a term sheet for a 20-year agreement for Statoil’s $120m pilot project however a final contract has yet to be approved.
Eligible projects for the RFP must be sited in waters 300 feet or deeper and at least 10 miles from land. Qualified bidders must also commit to invest in offshore wind manufacturing facilities in the state.
One of Maine’s investor owned utilities — Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro-Electric or Maine Public Service — will buy the output.
By law, any PPA that results from the solicitation must not increase rates more than $1.45/MWh. Bids are due by 1 September.
Image: UMaine’s VolturnUS 1:8 scale floating turbine prototype (UMaine)