A gridlocked New England power grid in
Maine has stalled a Harpswell developer’s plan for a $50 million
biomass boiler in Millinocket.
Jerry Tudan, of Peregrine Technologies, had already lined up
financing for the 17-megawatt project that would bring 45 jobs to
the Katahdin region when he got the bad news from the grid manager.
Tudan said his company sought to register the site with ISO-New
England, only to be told that a northern Maine wind farm project
had registered earlier and had ":maxed out": any available access
to the grid at this time.
Several large-scale grid expansions are in the works, but it
will be years before they’re in place.