Title

"Powering up Maine," part three of a three-part series. Jerry Tudan, sole propr

Authors

Source

Mainebiz

Date

2-23-2009

Pages

1, 14-16

Abstract

"Powering up Maine," part three of a three-part series. Jerry Tudan, sole proprietor and employee of Peregrine Technologies Inc. in Harpswell, took expensive preliminary steps to start a small biomass boiler in Millinocket, five years ago. At the time, there was plenty of room on ISO New England's regional transmission grid to transmit energy generated by the project, but when he tried to register the project with ISO last year, the grid was "maxed out." Maine is ripe for the development of renewable energy, but the over 40-year-old grid isn't equipped to handle it. Congestion problems are the impetus for Central Maine Power's proposed $1.5 billion Maine Power Reliability Program, an important stepping stone in Maine's quest to become an alternative energy hub. GridSolar LLC, a subsidiary of Portland-based Competitive Energy Services, is developing a counter project it says would offer lower rates and turn the state into a leading renewable energy provider. Details on wind power and building a "smart grid."

Subjects

Biomass energy, Maine Power Reliability Program, Power supply

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