Maine selects 1GW onshore wind farm in tender

US state Maine has selected a 1GW project being built by renewables developer Longroad Energy in a tender, provisionally allowing it to sell power to public utilities. 

Its public utilities commission (PUC) chose Longroad Energy’s 1GW King Pine wind farm as a winning bid in a public tender.

Longroad Energy will still need to secure permitting approval and finalise offtake agreements for the project. 

King Pine’s initial contract price is confidential, according to PUC documents. 

The PUC also chose LS Power Base’s 345kV transmission line, which is due to connect the northern Maine wind farm to the grid.

Maine’s PUC evaluated projects on total cost, value to ratepayers, economic benefits to northern Maine, project viability, technical qualifications of land bidders and land use issues.