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Renewable energy developer First Wind and the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. (MMWEC) have announced an agreement that will bring clean energy from the developer's planned 51 MW Hancock Wind project near Ellsworth, Maine, to 17 Massachusetts municipal utilities.

Under a 25-year, fixed-price contract, First Wind will sell nearly 75% of the power and capacity generated at the wind farm to MMWEC. Consistent with its nonprofit, Joint Action Agency model, MMWEC will resell the power and capacity at cost to 17 of its member municipal utilities.

"This contract brings competitively priced energy from the Hancock Wind project to the MMWEC power portfolio and to the customers of our municipal utilities," says Ronald C. DeCurzio, CEO of MMWEC. "It also brings a valuable measure of diversity and price stability to the MMWEC resource mix at a time when the region's reliance on natural gas is of concern."

Under a deal announced earlier this month, Vermont-based municipal utility Burlington Electric Department is purchasing the remaining energy from the Hancock project.

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