Brunswick Landing Infrastructure
Did you know that MRRA owns and manages the following?
- 27 miles of paved road
- 17 miles of water pipes and sewer pipes
- 15 miles of electrical power line
- 3 megawatts of electrical power load
In September 2005, Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) was designated for closure as part of the Federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). The Navy ceased operation in May 2011 and the base closed in September 2011.
The electrical, water, wastewater, and stormwater systems and transportation infrastructure and considerable information technology assets were transferred from the Navy to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority in September 2011 via Economic Development Conveyance (EDC).
As a result of this EDC, MRRA currently owns and operates the electrical, water, wastewater, and stormwater systems and the transportation infrastructure and IT network at Brunswick Landing.
That is one of the many great benefits of locating your business at Brunswick Landing. You’ll be up and running almost immediately with no need to contact multiple parties to turn on your electricity and water/sewer systems. And when you have an issue with power, water/sewer, or roads, you only need to contact one service provider — MRRA — for help.
Electrical Grid at Brunswick Landing
MRRA owns and manages a power load of approximately 3 megawatts distributed over a 15-mile network of power lines. And it’s all green!
Under a program called NewMix Wind Renewable Energy Certificates, MRRA is purchasing Green-e Energy Certified electricity from wind generating facilities located within the continental United States. Additionally, some of the power is being generated right on campus by Village Green Ventures with whom MRRA has a power purchase agreement. More information.
Purchasing this Green-e certified energy:
- Shows MRRA’s support for operation and development of renewable power plants
- Reduces MRRA’s greenhouse gas emissions associated with its electricity use
- Demonstrates MRRA’s commitment to the environment
- Is consistent with MRRA’s vision for a Renewable Energy Center at Brunswick Landing
- Provides MRRA with a stable, predictable electricity pricing
With this new electricity supply agreement and a recently negotiated Transmission and Distribution rate with Central Maine Power, MRRA’s “all in” electricity charge for its tenants is approximately 15 cents per kWh for 100% renewably generated electricity.
MRRA’s purchase of renewably generated electricity has enabled the organization to become an EPA Green Power Partner at the Leadership Club level (100% of MRRA’s requirement is met by renewable electricity).
The EPA Green Power Partnership encourages the voluntary use of green power to reduce the risk of climate change. Partners benefit from the use of green power, while supporting the development of new, renewable energy in the United States.
By becoming a Green Power Partner, MRRA has joined more than 1,300 other organizations that have made the switch to green power, including: Bowdoin College, Colby College, Unity College, College of the Atlantic, University of Southern Maine, and Tom’s of Maine.
On-Site Electricity Generation: Village Green Ventures Now Supplying Power to Brunswick Landing Customers
MRRA has been working with Village Green Ventures (VGV) for some time now on the proposed development of a project to construct an anaerobic digester and associated “green energy” generation facility at Brunswick Landing.
In June 2013, the MRRA Board approved entering into a ground lease with Village Green Ventures for a 4.25 acre parcel of property on the south end of the parking apron of Brunswick Executive Airport for the construction of an anaerobic digester facility with the capacity to generate up to 1 MW of electricity and 1.5 MMBtu per hour of thermal energy.
VGV’s renewable energy plant is now operational and delivering an average of 290,000 kWh a month to the MRRA grid.
Water, Sewer, Stormwater, Other utilities
MRRA owns, manages and operates the water, wastewater and stormwater drain systems at Brunswick Landing. We will eventually transfer these duties, with the exception of stormwater, to the Brunswick Sewer District (BSD) and to Brunswick/Topsham Water District respectively.
Natural Gas is delivered to our facilities by Maine Natural Gas, providing our tenants with a highly economical fuel source.
Roads and Transportation
MRRA owns and maintains more 27 miles of roadways on the Brunswick Landing campus. Speed limits are 35 mph on Admiral Fitch Ave. and Orion Street. The speed limit is 25mph everywhere else. The Town of Brunswick Police Department enforces traffic laws and patrols the campus.
Information Technology Infrastructure
The Navy left behind a complex of buildings that are already wired with sophisticated high-speed connectivity. MRRA is committed to expanding the information technology industry in Maine by integrating the existing IT infrastructure with upgrades and state-of-the- art equipment at the newly developed Brunswick Landing: Maine’s Center for Innovation.
In the late 1990s, the Navy began an extensive installation program of fiber optic cabling throughout NASB. This investment in technology made it possible to transfer vast amounts of information at what was once considered inconceivable speeds (10 Mbps to 100 Mbps).
From 2003 until 2008, the Navy continued augmenting the fiber optic network by adding single mode fiber cabling along side the existing multimode fiber network. This upgrade was done to take advantage of the drastic increases in bandwidth that single mode fiber provides largely due to improvements in the silica/glass used in its core construction. The single mode fiber connecting most buildings at NASB can operate at 1 to 5 Gbps.
IT Assets at Brunswick Landing
The following are considered the three greatest IT assets at Brunswick Landing:
- Single mode fiber optic network which is 10 to 30 times faster than the best multimode fiber cabling available in the marketplace.
- Avaya Definity G3r switch, capable of managing voice, data, images and video at significant speeds
- A Point of Presence (POP) for telephone switching
- Many of the facilities have large open floor plans and both single and multimode fiber connections.
- Single Mode Fiber – 1 to 5 Gbps
- Multimode Fiber – 10 to 100 Mbsp
- DSL provided by FairPoint Communication
- Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) – Speeds starting at 10 Gbps