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Maine Ocean and Wind News Wrap-up for December 2015
Maine’s high court puts end to Bowers Mountain wind power plan
 
 A long-embattled, $100 million wind project planned for Penobscot County has lost its final appeal before the state’s highest court, ending a six-year effort by Boston-based First Wind to build wind turbines near Bowers Mountain.
 
In a decision handed down Thursday, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court upheld the ruling of the state’s Board of Environmental Protection. It was the first such project to be rejected by regulators.
 
 
 
 
Wind power ‘critical’ to combating climate change, advocacy group says 
 
Proponents of wind power in Maine unveiled a reportTuesday at Bangor City Hall touting the growth of wind power over the last decade and its potential to further reduce the harm of climate change.
 
“Our message today is clear: Wind power here in Maine is already growing steadily, reducing pollution and helping to reduce the climate crisis,” said Laura Dorle, a campaign organizer for Environment Maine, a Portland-based environmental advocacy group. “But we need policies to provide steady support for this clean energy resource to maintain our momentum in the fight against global warming.”
 
 
 
OUR OPINION: Loss of Statoil stings as Scotland project advances
 
A familiar name was in the news last week, when Norwegian oil giant Statoil announced that it was going ahead with Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm.
Statoil was the company that was set up to build the original Hywind demonstration project off the coast of Maine in 2013, until the legs were cut out from under the deal by Gov. Paul LePage
 
 
 
 
New $13.8M UMaine wind and wave lab to test turbines, ships

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine on Monday unveiled a $13.8 million laboratory that will allow companies to test designs for offshore wind turbines, underwater turbines and ships against the toughest ocean conditions.

“These will be the only [test facilities] of their kind in Maine with world-class capabilities to educate students and conduct cutting-edge research and development,” said Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center on campus. “The [research and development] will support the growth of the ocean economies and shipbuilding sectors in Maine and the nation."
 
 
 
Spurned in Maine, wind farm to float in Scotland
 
A global energy company that abandoned plans two years ago to build a $120 million demonstration wind farm off the Maine coast following opposition from Gov. Paul LePage is moving ahead with a similar project in Scotland.
The decision is inviting an examination of what Maine may be losing in terms of jobs and private investment, as well as its ambitions to become a center of global research in an evolving, clean-energy industry.
 
 
 
 
Maine & New England looking at Canadian hydro
 
Governor LePage will be in Boston later this week to talk about energy with the Premier of Quebec. That meeting will follow a speech by LePage to a New England and Canadian conference about energy issues, and hydropower is expected to be the prime focus.
 
The LePage administration wants less expensive sources of electricity, and the Governor has repeatedly talked about getting cheap hydropower from Quebec or Labrador. The other New England states have also started looking north because several big power plants in Massachusetts and Connecticut will be shutting down. Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island recently issued out a joint request for proposals (RFP), to explore the possibility of new, renewable electricity. Patrick Woodcock, director of the Governor's energy office, says the interest in southern New England could have a major impact on what happens in Maine.Link to Full Article
 
European firm pitches huge wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard
 
A major European energy company is proposing what could be North America’s largest offshore wind farm 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, outlining its plans less than a year after the proposed Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound suffered a stunning financial setback.
 
Denmark-based DONG Energy A/S, the world’s largest developer of offshore wind farms, Monday said it would build up to 100 giant wind turbines, generating as much as 1,000 megawatts of electricity — more than double the output Cape Wind had proposed for its site off Cape Cod. The Danish company recently acquired one of the leases for a stretch of ocean that the US government has designated for wind farms. It has dubbed the local operation Bay State Wind.
 
 
Tidal power firm awarded $2.25 million federal grant
 
PORTLAND, Maine — Ocean Renewable Power Co. has won a $2.25 million federal grant to build a deployment, anchor and retrieval system for its tidal and river power generation turbines.
The U.S. Department of Energy funding will allow the company to develop ways to lower the costs of deploying, retrieving and anchoring its tidal and river power turbines, making them more commercially competitive, according to a news release issued Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree.
Ocean Renewable President and CEO Chris Sauer called the grant award a “big deal,” saying the work to be done with the grant will represent an important advancement in alternative power technology.
 
 
The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week
 
ENERGY BILL: The House has passed the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act, sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan. The bill would speed the permitting process for proposed natural gas pipelines and other energy infrastructure projects, repeal the ban on exports of crude oil, and require the Energy Department to study potential changes to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve program.
Upton said improving the permitting process would make it easier to expand the nation’s energy infrastructure to adapt to changing supply and consumption, without sacrificing environmental and safety concerns.
A bill opponent, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, said it “favors an energy policy that is dominated by fossil fuels and unnecessary energy use, “failing to recognize the danger of climate change and promote the growth of renewable energy.”
 

Benjamin
12/09/2015 - 1:03pm
Maine Ocean & Wind News Wrap Up for November 2015

 

Orrington substation sees upgrade for wind farm in Bingham

 

 
The $398 million, 62-turbine Bingham wind farm is owned by Blue Sky West and Blue Sky West II, and will have turbines located in Bingham, Abbot, Parkman, Mayfield Township and Kingsbury Plantation. Both Blue Sky West companies are former subsidiaries of Massachusetts-based wind power developer First Wind, which was purchased in January by SunEdison for $2.4 billion, adding wind farms to the company's solar power portfolio.
 
CMP's $1.4 billion upgrade project on schedule and budget
 
Mainers won't have to bear the brunt of the cost either, said Carroll. About 50 percent of the project is financed through equity from Iberdrola, the Spanish parent company of CMP. The rest is borrowed. CMP will make the money back through ratepayers. Maine ratepayers will be responsible for 8 percent of the project, while other New England customers will pick up the rest. On the flip side, Maine ratepayers are responsible for 8 percent of any ISO New England project, even if it doesn't directly benefit Maine.
 
 
UMaine opens its Advanced Structures and Composites Center 

 

      

Earlier in October, the University of Maine hosted the inaugural "Matthew R. Simmons Memorial Summit: A Technology Roadmap for Floating Offshore Wind." The summit gathered information from various perspectives of platform designers, researchers, turbine OEMs, permitting agencies, and developers with the goal of producing a roadmap that advances the floating offshore wind.
 

Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced last month that the Maine Governor's Energy Office (GEO), in partnership with Maine organization E2Tech, has been awarded $284,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy to support the Maine Energy Planning Roadmap project that will establish a stakeholder-driven strategy to meet energy objectives set in the 2015 GEO Comprehensive Energy Plan.
A second grant for $592,000 was awarded for the design of a Regional Roadmap for the increased adoption of local and regional offshore wind policies and projects. This project, led by New York State Energy Research Development Authority, includes the state of Maine.


 
Innovative Study Helps Offshore Wind Developers Protect Wildlife
 
Prepared by the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), the study provides two years of high-quality baseline data to wind energy regulators, developers, and other stakeholders, which BRI gathered through a mix of methods, including boat and aerial surveys-filling critical information gaps on species distribution and behavior of seabirds, marine mammals, sea turtles, and other species. This extensive study covers more than 7,000 square miles of ocean waters along the Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware coastline where a number of offshore wind projects are moving forward.
 
U.S. Finally Embraces Offshore Wind
 
It has taken decades for the U.S. government to grasps the reality of renewable energies such as offshore wind. The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded nearly $600 million to New York, Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts for offshore wind projects. And, construction began on Rhode Island's Block Island Farm, the first in the U.S., in July.
The Obama Administration recently voiced the need for the U.S to produce 22,000 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, which will provide power to about four and a half million households.
 
A Plan for the Future of our Coasts and Oceans

 


 
A plan is taking shape to protect the values of our coasts and oceans for enjoyment and economic activities.  The Northeast Regional Planning Body has been busy gathering input from stakeholders and data about ocean use ahead of its upcoming meeting this November.  At a recent Fall Stakeholder Forum, held October 20th in Durham, NH, they were able to receive opinions and critical information from all types of ocean users.   At the same time, the Northeast Ocean Data Portal continues to be updated with new information from ocean users about how we currently use our coastal areas so that we can adequately plan for the future. 

Results from the recent forum as well as an update on the data portal will be shared prior to the next Northeast RPB Meeting, which is scheduled for November 16th and 17th in Portland, ME at the Westin Portland Harborview and is open to the public.  This will be a time to hear about permitting changes that will result from agency coordination in the new plan, which is set to be released in March of 2016 for public comment. 
 

Benjamin
11/05/2015 - 11:37am
Maine Ocean & Wind News Wrap Up for October 2015

Maine’s wind investment is worth it — even if wind doesn’t always blow
In just eight years, Maine’s burgeoning wind energy industry will have grown from an idea to more than 700 megawatts by the end of 2015. These wind farms will be equal to about 10 percent of the state’s energy generation.
This is a major success story for our economy, environment and energy security. For example, a study earlier this year by former state economist and professor Charlie Colgan found that wind development will create 4,200 jobs in 2015 alone and lead to employee earnings of more than $250 million. Also, the environmental benefits continue to accrue to Maine. A study completed by Sustainable Energy Advantage found that by 2020 our wind energy will reduce harmful carbon pollution by 2.5 million tons, which is equal to the pollution of 400,000 passenger vehicles.

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$2.5 million conservation fund set up in Bingham wind pact
The first $1.5 million of the fund will be directed to Maine conservation and environmental groups including the Trust for Public Land, Appalachian Mountain Club, Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, Forest Society of Maine, the Atlantic Salmon Federation and the Mahoosuc Land Trust.
Projects are spread across the state, from the western mountains through the Moosehead and Hundred Mile Wilderness regions to Katahdin. A second round of awards from the conservation fund will be disbursed in 2017.
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Iberdrola USA Foundation and Central Maine Power Announce First Pioneer Scholar Award Recipient
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine, Sept. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Iberdrola USA Foundation and Central Maine Power are pleased to report that Jeremiah Henderson received its 2015 Pioneer Scholar Award during the Senator George J Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute Gala held in Portland on September 18, 2015.
"Iberdrola USA proudly supports the Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute and all the Mitchell Scholars for their exemplary citizenship, scholarship, and perseverance during their college careers," said Bob Kump, chief corporate officer of Iberdrola USA and president of the Iberdrola USA Foundation. "We extend our special congratulations to Jeremiah Henderson as the recipient of the inaugural Iberdrola USA Foundation/Central Maine Power Pioneer Award."
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RELEASE: Offshore Wind Power a ‘Secret Weapon’ for U.S. East Coast States to Cut Carbon Pollution, Achieve Clean Power Plan Targets
Washington, D.C. — A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress highlights how the abundance of wind energy offshore of the Atlantic coast offers East Coast states an immense opportunity to help achieve their 2030 Clean Power Plan goals, expand their energy supplies, and spur sustainable economic development.
“Atlantic coast states are sitting on a clean energy gold mine,” said issue brief co-author Shiva Polefka, a Policy Analyst at CAP’s Ocean Policy Program. “Even conservative estimates of this resource suggest that offshore wind could replace large portions of the electricity currently generated in these states by burning fossil fuels. If they can follow Rhode Island’s lead in getting offshore wind energy policy right to get this industry moving, they will have a major advantage in cutting carbon pollution.”
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Maine regulators nix Emera’s bid for new Aroostook County power line

State utility regulators on Tuesday rejected Emera Maine’s request to build a $15.4 million power line from Monticello to New Brunswick, arguing there are other less costly ways to address the northern Maine power grid’s needs.

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Benjamin
10/07/2015 - 10:04am
Maine Ocean & Wind News Wrap Up for September 2015

 

Analysis: Outlook shifting for offshore wind farms
 
Clean-energy advocates and many business leaders were dismayed last year when the federal Department of Energy passed over Maine for a $47 million grant to help build an experimental floating wind farm. Instead, competitors in New Jersey, Virginia and Oregon won the awards, dashing dreams of kick-starting a multibillion-dollar deep-water wind power industry off the Maine coast. In hindsight, maybe it wasn't the worst thing. Fifteen months later, the three proposals that beat out Maine's venture are in trouble. Each is stalled because either regulators or utilities have balked at the high cost of building the projects or producing the power. None was able to sign a power purchase agreement for generation by July 31, a condition for getting the $47 million. None can meet a target date of being online by 2017.
 
SunEdison considering another Somerset County wind project
 
Energy company SunEdison is testing wind conditions in the Misery Ridge area of Somerset County with possible plans to build a 26-turbine commercial wind farm there.
The company installed two meteorological towers in the area this week on land owned by Plum Creek, a forest management company, in the northeastern part of the county near Moosehead Lake. No application has been submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection for the project yet.
 
Wind Energy Startup Altaeros Energies Raises Funding from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Suhail Bahwan Group
 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ("MHI") and the Suhail Bahwan Group ("SBG") have invested in Altaeros Energies, a Massachusetts-based technology company, to support the design and production of its Buoyant Airborne Turbine ("BAT") renewable energy and communication platform.
MHI and SBG bring deep strategic expertise in developing and executing large technology projects for industrial and government customers around the world. The Altaeros BAT offers a multi-purpose platform to supply power, telecommunication, and other sensing and security services to remote and off-grid customers.


 
ORPC Ireland Ltd. to assess tidal energy feasibility in County Donegal   

 

      
ORPC Ireland Ltd., a subsidiary of Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Co., has been selected by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to conduct a feasibility assessment to identify tidal energy opportunities suitable for development in the coastal waters of County Donegal, Ireland.

Through its Ocean Energy Prototype Development Fund, SEAI seeks to stimulate the development and deployment of ocean energy devices and systems. ORPC Ireland opened an office this spring in County Donegal on Ireland's northwest coast to capitalize on that region's interest in the company's renewable marine energy technology and expertise

 
Maine stands to benefit from Obama's emissions plan, exceed expectations
 
The Obama administration earlier this month unveiled the nation's first set of rules regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Some of the loudest cheers for these rules, labeled the Clean Power Plan, should be coming from Maine.
Monday's air quality alert from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection warning residents of unhealthy levels of ozone served as a case in point. According to the DEP, the high concentration of ground-level ozone was the result of "air emissions being transported from states located to our southwest."
 
Maine monitors bid to transmit power from Quebec through NH
 
Energy sector officials in New Hampshire took another swing on Tuesday at landing a share of a lucrative energy contract with southern New England states in an impending bidding war that is likely to attract companies from Maine.
 
The Northern Pass project would transmit power generated by hydroelectric plants in Quebec through New Hampshire. The 192-mile energy transmission cable plan has been under development for years but has encountered resistance because of the environmental impact it would have in the White Mountain National Forest, the Appalachian Trail and Franconia Notch, among other scenic recreation areas.
 

Benjamin
09/11/2015 - 10:53am
August 2015

 

Plan for Maine's largest wind farm submitted to regulators
 
The Number Nine project would be about 35 percent larger than the state's biggest wind farm to date, which is located near the town of Bingham. That SunEdison project started construction this summer and has a nameplate capacity of 185 megawatts.
EDP Renewables estimates the Number Nine Wind Farm project would require hiring about 300 people in Aroostook County during construction. The company said it already has spent about $2 million there developing the project.

Tidal power startup plugs Alaska river power project to the grid
 
The tidal power generation developer Ocean Renewable Power Co. that made international headlines in 2012 for connecting a Cobscook Bay tidal generator to the grid has started generating power for a remote Alaskan village using a smaller version of the turbine.
The company announced this week that it placed its RivGen turbine generator in the Kvichak River to generate power for the southwestern Alaska village of Igiugig.
 
Carper, Collins Reintroduce Offshore Wind Bill    

 

      
 Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have introduced the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, which would provide critical financial incentives to encourage investment in offshore wind energy. This legislation would create an investment tax credit (ITC) that is redeemable for the first 3,000 MW of offshore wind facilities placed into service, amounting to approximately 600 wind turbines.
 
PUC staff says no to CMP land buy
 
Maine Public Utilities Commission staff have recommended against Central Maine Power Co.'s request to negotiate a land deal on behalf of a sister company that develops wind farms.
The Bangor Daily News reported that CMP is seeking to arrange a land deal for Atlantic Wind, also an Iberdrola company, by negotiating and purchasing a right-of-way on land owned by Brookfield Hydro. The deal would allow construction of a line that would be used for Atlantic Wind's wind farm in Somerset County, now called West Range Wind

SunEdison/TerraForm Power Announce $2 Billion Wind Acquisition 
 
Another day, another major acquisition -  SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) has announced its yieldco, TerraForm Power (NASDAQ: TERP), has signed an agreement to acquire net ownership of 930 megawatts of wind farms from Invenergy Wind LLC.
The portfolio consists of seven contracted wind farms located in the United States and Canada with a weighted average remaining contract life of 19 years.
 
Brunswick project will turn waste into renewable energy
 
Weyburn and his business partners are counting on the things most people flush or throw away to fuel a 1-megawatt "anaerobic digester" that their company, Village Green Ventures, is building at the Brunswick Landing business park in Brunswick. They are going to need roughly 180 tons of it each day.
Anaerobic digesters consist of massive tanks containing bacteria that "eat" biological waste and convert it into methane-rich biogas, which powers a turbine to generate electricity. The Brunswick Landing digester will have three steel tanks, the largest of which will stand 75 feet tall and have a capacity of 850,000 gallons.
 

Benjamin
08/05/2015 - 3:49pm
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap Up for July 2015

 

SunEdison Closes Deal And Begins Construction On 185 MW Wind Project In Maine 
 
The Bingham Wind Project is set to be located in Somerset County, and upon completion is expected to be the largest of its kind in the New England area. Electricity generated by the Bingham plant is expected to be enough to power 65,000 homes in the area, and will be sold to three New England utilities - Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil - through 15-year power purchase agreements. 
 
 
 
EDP Renewables Sponsors Kid Days Houlton Fair
EDP Renewables partnered with MOWII July 3rd and 4th to host "The Build a Blade" workshop at the Houlton Fair. Kids were able to make up their own design for wind blades and test them. The kid designed blades were set up to spin from a fan and pull a car along a track. The faster the blade spun, the faster the car moved! 
 
 
 

 
Vestas unveils 537 MW of turbine supply contracts
 
US renewables major SunEdison has selected Vestas' V112-3.3 MW turbine for the Bingham wind project in Somerset County, Maine. It has ordered 47 machines, which, together with components ordered from Vestas previously, will bring the wind park's total capacity to 185 MW.
 
 
 
 
How Maine could transition to 100-percent renewable energy, according to The Hulk 
 
In Maine, The Solutions Project estimates that the transition from any dependence on fossil fuels to a combination of wind, water and solar energies would create 30,800 nearly permanent jobs - that is, jobs that last for at least 40 years.
The organization also theorizes that Maine would decrease its energy consumption by 35.2 percent and lower average energy costs from an expected 10.24 cents per kilowatt-hour down to about 6.37 cents per kilowatt-hour from 2020-2030. The transition would also save the average Mainer $1,900 per year in energy costs by 2050, The Solutions Project claims. 
 
 
 
 
Library hosts talk on economic benefits of offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine

 
The talk is another in a series sponsored by SAPL to bring attention to the opportunities posed by the development of offshore wind technology and power production for the Gulf of Maine region. Williamson's presentation reviews recent attempts to develop offshore wind energy in New England, as well as its opportunities, challenges and likely timeline for this development over the next decade. Williamson has been working as a workforce and economic development specialist in Maine since 2006.
 
 
Maine House OKs bill giving residents of unorganized territories more say in wind projects
 
Residents in Maine's unorganized territories may soon have more say in the location of large wind projects following a vote in the House on Thursday. But they won't have the final say in projects in their area.
 

Benjamin
07/16/2015 - 10:44am
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap Up for June 2015
 

 

Long-term wind deal closer with preliminary nod from Maine regulators
Maine utilities regulators want more out of a long-term agreement to buy power from a wind project in Somerset County, but are nearing a deal in the case that sparked controversy from wind industry advocates. The decision comes after renewed review of an extended 25-year contract term with NextEra for its 44-megawatt Highland Wind project in Somerset County. The initial terms called for NextEra to charge 4.7 cents per kilowatt-hour over 20 years.
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Franklin commissioners award $55,000 in grants to promote county
Franklin County commissioners agreed Tuesday to fund two grant requests for $55,000 through the county's tax-increment financing grant program to promote and support marketing of northern Franklin County.
It was estimated in 2008 that the county would retain $4 million over 20 years when it entered a credit-enhancement agreement with TransCanada Maine Wind Development Inc., a wholly owned affiliate of TransCanada Corp. The TIF is related to the 44-turbine Kibby Wind Power Project in Kibby and Skinner townships in northern Franklin County.
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New ORPC subsidiary to pursue ocean energy in Ireland
Ocean Renewable Power Co. is opening an office in Ireland's County Donegal to capitalize on that coastal region's interest in the Portland-based company's renewable marine energy technology and expertise. The subsidiary, ORPC Ireland LLC, will be located at the Co-Lab Business Center at Letterkenny Institute of Technology in County Donegal, located on Ireland's northwest coast and having more mainland coastline than any other county in the country.
 
Ocean Renewable Energy Conference X
The 10th annual Ocean Renewable Energy Conference provides attendees a forum to share new ideas and concepts, opportunity to learn from leading-edge practitioners and policy-makers, information about new research, results, and thinking, and the chance to network with industry leaders and experts from utilities, supply chain, investor, government, and academia. No conference does a better job of bridging national policies and regional implementation, with a real-world focus on accelerating project development.
 

 


Benjamin
06/01/2015 - 12:58pm
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for April-May 2015

Chewonki Semester School Victorious in Maine Wind Blade Challenge

The 7th annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge featured innovative approaches by high school students that pushed the limits of wind blade designs. The event celebrated successes from all students applying their knowledge resulting in the team from Chewonki taking first place, Easton High School placed second and Orono High School's Team 2 placed third out of 41 registered teams.
 
The 2015 competition also featured innovative approaches including an electric variable pitch system and a planetary gearing systems created with 3D printers.
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Maine wind energy advocates unveil study touting industry’s benefits
Proponents of Maine’s wind-power industry Tuesday touted a new study that reportedly shows positive impacts on health and the environment from the industry’s growth in the Pine Tree State.
“This study confirms what we have long known, but have never seen quantified in this level of detail,” Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association, said.
Payne said the study, completed by the New Hampshire-based Sustainable Energy Advantage, analyzed the output of Maine’s entire wind turbine fleet.
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Maine tidal power company establishes foothold in Ireland for expansion into Europe
A tidal power company that's running demonstration projects in Maine and Alaska is establishing an office in Ireland, where the company sees an opportunity for community-based projects that could open the door to the broader market in Europe, officials said Thursday.
 
Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Company is setting up a subsidiary, ORPC Ireland LLC, in County Donegal at the Business Centre at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.
 
The company aims to establish small projects of 1 to 5 megawatts in northwestern Ireland, where County Donegal is home to the country's largest fishing port and miles of rural coastline reminiscent of eastern Maine, said John Ferland, vice president for project development in Portland.
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State high court overturns ruling, clears DEP in island wind case
The state high court overturned a lower court ruling Thursday that had chastised the Department of Environmental Protection’s commissioner for loosening noise requirements for the island’s wind turbines.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the DEP’s decision to enter into an agreement with Fox Islands Wind rather than push for further conditions was supported by substantial evidence and was within the agency’s discretion.
The ruling was a blow to neighbors who had complained that the three nearly 400-foot-tall wind turbines, erected in 2009, were exceeding noise standards.
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Senator with energy chops champions 'disruptive' technology
Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine has emerged as a champion for new technologies taking hold of the U.S. electric grid with legislation that could shake up a decades-old business model in the utility sector.
"This is disruptive technology. It's going to change the model that's been in place for a hundred years," King said during an interview yesterday. "Basically, we want to be sure this technology has a chance to grow."
The "The Free Market Energy Act of 2015" would ensure that distributed energy resources would be able to connect to the grid in a reasonable time frame and for just and reasonable fees. It would also lay the groundwork for states to appoint smart grid "coordinators" or operators to manage the distributed units and calls on states to consider alternatives to building transmission -- including distributed energy.
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SunEdison abandons talks for 73-MW wind PPA in Maine – report
US company SunEdison Inc (NYSE:SUNE) will be looking for new buyers for the output of a planned 73-MW wind farm in the state of Maine after regulators decided to rethink the terms of a 25-year PPA for the project.
John Lamontagne, a spokesman for SunEdison, told Bangor Daily News that the company is not dropping the 73-MW project in Hancock County. It will just look for another power purchaser.
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Gardiner students try their hands at solar and wind power
High school students used solar- and wind-powered cars as part of an educational program developed by Northwestern University to spark interest in STEM fields.
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SunEdison circles Maine wind site
SunEdison subsidiary Somerset Wind is laying the groundwork for a potential wind project in northern Maine.
The developer - formerly part of First Wind, which SunEdison and TerraForm bought in January - has applied to state regulators for permission to erect six met masts on land owned by Plum Creek Maine Timberlands in Somerset County.
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Report on Maine renewable portfolio standard in 2013
The Maine Public Utilities Commission has issued a report on Maine's use of renewable electricity in 2013.  The report shows the impact of Maine's renewable portfolio standard, a state law requiring electricity suppliers to source specified percentages of their electricity from “new” renewable resources.
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Benjamin
05/08/2015 - 2:02pm
Chewonki Semester School Victorious in Maine Wind Blade Challenge

ORONO, Maine - The 7th annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge featured innovative approaches by high school students that pushed the limits of wind blade designs. The event celebrated successes from all students applying their knowledge resulting in the team from Chewonki taking first place, Easton High School placed second and Orono High School's Team 2 placed third out of 41 registered teams.

The 2015 competition also featured a number of other innovative approaches including an electric variable pitch system with an internal accelerometer developed by Freeport High School Students, spreadsheet tools created to compute best design sizes and specs, and teams using hub assemblies with planetary gearing systems created with 3D printers from Old Town High School. The entrants were surprised by the outstanding performance of the first time entrance from Chewonki. The Chewonki team represented the Chewonki Semester School, a challenging semester school emphasizing the natural world, hands-on work, sustainability, and community involvement.

Back Cove Yachts was awarded the composites partner company of the year for their generous work helping multiple teams on their shop floor in Rockland. Paul Sutherland of Easton High School was awarded the teacher of the year award for his work to incorporate composite and renewable energy curriculum in the class room. These awards celebrate the efforts and partnerships this event draws on from industry and educators to be successful.

The competition, held on May 1st, was the culmination of a workforce development program that encourages exploration in innovative design, use of advanced materials, and renewable energy following STEM principles (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The challenge demands the use of academic learning applied to hands on challenges requiring real world solutions. Organized by the Maine Composites Alliance (MCA) and the Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII), the program provides advanced material kits, and also opportunities to visit and work with local composite manufacturers and institutes of higher learning. The competition was also supported by the University of Maine College of Engineering and the Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

 During the competition sets of blades designed by the teams are testing for electrical output in a competitive setting. The teams must also make a presentation to explain their design and engineering processes to a panel of industry and academic judges. Final scores are based on a combination of the generation output and presentation scores.

The electrical output test measures the electricity generated at wind speeds of approximately 15 MPH. Tests last 2 minutes. During the first 30 seconds of the test the blades operate without any load, the next 30 seconds a load of 20 ohms is introduced by turning on a set of small lights within a model house. Additional sets of lights are turned on every 30 seconds increasing the workloads the blades must respond to, until the 2 minute time limit expires. The accumulative energy output is calculated from the test.

All elements of the event were designed to inspire creativity and innovation. Even the model house with the lights are modeled on the home the home of the character featured in the Dr. Seuss book, the Lorax, which warns of the consequences of not caring for our natural environment. The trophies for the event were created from a technologically advanced commercial scale wind blade section designed by General dynamics, built by TPI composites, and tested at the U-Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

The 2015 competition include a diverse group of students, including teams of all women, all men, mixed gender, advanced college prep students, and technology arts students. Competitors came from all corners of the state - as far north as Easton High School, Jonesport Beals to the east, Fryeburg Academy from the west. Final results can be seen on the web at www.mainewindbladechallenge.com.

"This is an important workforce development program that introduces students to careers in growing technical fields with a high demand for good paying jobs," said Stephen Von Vogt of the Maine Composites Alliance. The opportunity to apply STEM principles to a real world challenge while working work with professional technicians creates unique career exploration opportunities for Maine youth.

Previous students from the competition have gone on to earn degrees at the University Of Maine College Of Engineering, Southern Maine Community College Composites Technician Program, Northern Maine Community College Wind Turbine Technician Program, and the Landing School Composite Boat Building Program. Past participants also now work professionally as engineers, composite technicians and wind turbine technicians in Maine.

 

The Maine Composites Alliance (MCA) is an alliance of composite businesses in Maine who work together to recognize and promote Maine's leadership in the international composite industry. MCA aims to enhance the competitiveness of Maine's existing composite industry by providing opportunities for new commercial ventures, and by providing education and training for members and their employees.

The Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII) represents companies' expertise within the Maine ocean and wind energy supply chain, works proactively to promote the expertise of member companies, provides solutions to local, national, and international market participants, and provides industry and public educational opportunities.  

The College of Engineering at the University of Maine (COE) is the sole institution in Maine to offer 11 engineering and engineering technology majors and full M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The College of Engineering is working for Maine to educate and train the next generation of engineers to meet the growing technological needs of our state, and to develop the innovations needed to power Maine's economy.

The Advanced Structures and Composites Center is a state-of-the-art one-stop-shop for integrated composite materials and structural component development. Located at the University of Maine, it offers in-house capabilities for developing a composite product or structure from the conceptual stage through research, manufacturing of prototypes, comprehensive testing and evaluation, code approval and commercialization.

 Wind Blade Challenge was created to inspire, motivate, engage, and introduce students to the world of STEM education, composites and alternative energy with the purpose of building a strong workforce in the composite and alternative energy industries. Students from past competitions are now working in the Maine composites, wind industry and/or continued their education in STEM fields. http://mainewindbladechallenge.com/  

 


Benjamin
05/08/2015 - 12:47pm
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for March-Feb 2015

Bingham Wind project gets go-ahead

Friends of Maine's Mountains abandoned its appeal of a decision approving the 56-turbine wind farm in Bingham, Mayfield Township and Kingsbury Plantation.
Read the full article
 
Vestas wins 40MW wind turbine order in Maine, US
Vestas has secured a contract to supply turbines for the 40MW Passadumkeag wind farm in Penobscot County, Maine, US.
The deal with Quantum Utility Generation subsidiary Passadumkeag Windpark requires Vesats to deliver and commission 13 of its V112 3.075MW turbines.
Read the full article
 
Maine businesses see opportunity on the North Atlantic
A Maine business delegation led by the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative attended the Arctic Technology Conference in Copenhagen this week, with a mission of touting the state's capabilities to the energy industry's leading engineering and scientific organizations that also were at the event.
"The proximity of Maine to this region is now enhanced by the Eimskip shipping line operating from Portland providing shipping services through Eastern Canada, Iceland and on to Northern Europe. The opportunities in the North Atlantic include growth in ocean energy, mining, infrastructure development, hydroelectricity, sub-sea cabling and arctic environmental studies."
Read the full article
 
 
Energy company seeks permits for wind testing towers in Somerset County
Somerset Wind LLC — a subsidiary of First Wind — has applied for permission to install six meteorological towers in Chase Stream, Misery, Misery Gore and Johnson Mountain townships, according to Samantha Horn-Olsen, planning manager for the Land Use Planning Commission. First Wind was recently purchased by SunEdison, a global renewable energy corporation.
Read the full article
 
 
In Settlement with AG, Maine Anti-Wind Group Must Reform
A citizen's group that has opposed wind power development in Maine's western mountains must overhaul its board of directors and implement other reforms, as part of a settlement with Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.
Read the full article
 
New Maine wind farm reopens legal questions
Before wind power developer Atlantic Wind moves ahead with its 50-turbine project in Somerset County, state regulators want to answer big legal questions about what kind of financial ties the developer can have with Central Maine Power Co.
Both companies are owned by the Spanish utility Iberdrola, though both are separated by various levels of corporate subsidiary relationships.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday opened an investigation into that matter, seeking to determine whether the financial relationship between Iberdrola and subsidiaries Atlantic Wind and CMP create a sufficient shared financial interest to violate state law.
Regulators twice before found that a similar relationship between Nova Scotia-based Emera and wind developer First Wind did not violate the Maine law that in 2000 restructured power markets, creating a competitive bidding process for power generators.
Read the full article
 
It's official: Pika receives two certifications
Pika has just earned two important new certifications. The Small Wind Certification Council certified the power performance of the Pika T701 turbine. Its official numbers are 1.7kW peak output, 1.5kW rated output at 11 m/s wind speed, and monthly energy production of 202 kWh at 5 m/s average wind speed. Testing was conducted at the High Plains Regional Test Center in western Kansas. The other good news is that the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC) has added the Pika T701 to its "Unified List of Wind Turbines". As a result, the Pika T701 is now eligible for small wind incentives in states including New York, Oregon, and Maryland. 
 
Northern Maine Community College Holds 2015 Job Fair
“47 businesses showed up with job openings, showing that there are jobs available in the County including Reed and Reed.
“Hi I’m representing Reed and Reed, and we’re here today to try to hire people for our wind project in Oakfield, Maine. We’re looking to hire electricians, and wind turbine technicians and mechanics.”
Read the full article
 
Bath company, Custom Composite to Host MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team
Custom Composite Technologies, Inc. (CCTI), a locally-owned small business in Bath, Maine, will host the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solar Vehicle Electric Team (SVET) in the production of their newest solar car. The MIT SVET is a student-run organization that designs, builds, and races solar cars in domestic and international challenges.
Read the full article
 

Benjamin
04/03/2015 - 9:57am
Bath company, Custom Composite to Host MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team

BATH, Maine -- Custom Composite Technologies, Inc. (CCTI), a locally-owned small business in Bath, Maine, will host the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solar Vehicle Electric Team (SVET) in the production of their newest solar car. The MIT SVET is a student-run organization that designs, builds, and races solar cars in domestic and international challenges.
The MIT SVET is currently designing and building a four-wheeled car to compete in the Formula Sun Grand Prix 2015 this July. They aim to be more competitive by designing a solar vehicle with a composite chassis, allowing for more flexibility and a lighter load. CCTI has built the molds from the students’ design for this year’s entry and will open its door for the MIT SVET students to fabricate the car body with state of the art composite materials.
“Working with such a talented group of college students for the second year in a row is both rewarding and inspirational,” Steve Hassett, founder of Custom Composite Technologies said. “This project highlights the importance and utility of composite materials to new products and emerging industries. “ The current vehicle, yet to be named, will be the team’s first 4-wheeled car. Their past solar vehicle, Valkyrie, was also built at Custom Composite.
Custom Composite Technologies is a pioneer in advanced composite technology and creates customized, high performance solutions for industries and individuals. CCTI projects span industries from architecture to alternative energy and amusement parks/recreation to robotics and automation. CCTI proudly joins MIT SVET sponsors such as Ford, Apple, and Dropbox.
 


Benjamin
04/03/2015 - 9:23am
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for Feb-March 2015

Oakfield wind project wins court challenge on environmental concerns

A federal judge has rejected challenges to federal permits for a 50-turbine wind farm in Oakfield that broke ground in September and shipped components to Searsport on Monday.
U.S. District Judge Jon Levy on Monday ruled in favor of the wind project developers, SunEdison, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others, denying motions for summary judgment from environmental groups and people who own camps in the area.
Read the full story
 
Permitting appeals board staff recommends OK for Bingham wind power project
Staff of the state’s environmental permitting appeals board have recommended upholding a permit for a proposed western Maine wind farm that would be Maine’s largest wind power project to date.
The Board of Environmental Protection, an appointed citizen oversight panel, will consider the Bingham Wind permit appeal at a March 5 meeting and hear oral arguments before taking up a draft order that would uphold the permit for the 62-turbine wind farm.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection gave a permit to the $398 million project in September. It is led by subsidiaries of the former First Wind, now part of solar energy giant SunEdison after a $2.4 billion sale that closed in January.
Read the full story
 
Maine Investing in Smart Energy
A recent meeting between Maine Governor Paul LePage and Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galan focused on the state’s energy future. Iberdrola is the corporate parent of Central Maine Power (CMP).
Galan notes, “CMP’s Maine Power Reliability Program is among our largest, most important projects in the United States in recent years. We are pleased with the progress, and we look forward to additional investments to enhance service for our customers and support the development of clean, renewable smart energy resources for Maine and the rest of New England.”
Read the full story
 
AG Mills orders wind power opposition group to replace leaders or disband
The statewide wind power opposition group Friends of Maine Mountains will have to shut down if it can’t restructure its five-member board of directors within four months, as part of a settlement with Maine’s attorney general.
Read the full story
 
ITAC Maine-made turbine
The Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC), added the Pika T701 turbine to its unified list of wind turbines. The ITAC is a project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA). Achieving listing with ITAC is a key milestone for Pika," said president and co-founder, Ben Polito. "Our engineers work hard to design reliable products with innovative safety and monitoring features.”
Read the full story
 
Maine Utility Regulators Decide to Reconsider Two Wind Power Projects
The Maine Public Utilities Commission has decided to reconsider proposals for two wind power projects it had previously initially approved.
The commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of reopening negotiations, based on energy costs that are now 20 percent below the rate that existed at the time of the first vote.
Read the full story
 
 
Maine supreme court won’t reconsider Clifton farmers’ appeal of wind farm permit
The state’s highest court on Thursday dealt another blow to a Clifton couple’s attempt to stop the development of a $25 million wind farm near their property.
Shortly after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court decided that Julie and Peter Beckford had filed their appeal to stop a permitted wind farm on nearby Pisgah Mountain five days too late, the two Rebel Hill Road farmers filed another appeal asking for reconsideration.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court denied the Beckfords’ motion for reconsideration.
Read the full story
 
Aroostook County windmill parts driven 100 miles away for storage
Some giant windmill components received an escort Monday from the Maine State Police as they were transported by road 150 miles south from the Canadian border near Houlton to the Mack Point cargo port in Searsport.
The components will winter over in Searsport, according to Jim Therriault of Sprague Energy, the company that owns the Mack Point Marine Intermodal Cargo Terminal.
In early May, the windmill parts will be loaded up again on specialty trailers and hit the highway to return to Aroostook County. Their ultimate destination is Oakfield — less than 20 miles from Houlton.
Read the full story
 
Energy subsidies aren’t just for renewables, fossil fuels get the lion’s share
The notion that governments only subsidize renewable energy is nonsense. The federal government gives large tax breaks to oil and gas companies, which are also allowed to drill on federal land and in federal waters for a pittance. Even more expensive, much of our defense spending is about protecting oil and gas supplies.
Read the full story
 
 
 
 
 

Benjamin
03/04/2015 - 4:06pm
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for Jan-Feb 2015

SunEdison finalizes $2.4 billion purchase of First Wind

SunEdison closed its $2.4 billion purchase Thursday of First Wind, placing the latter’s five Maine wind-to-energy facilities under the umbrella of the world’s largest renewable energy company, officials said.
Read the full story
 
Kibby Mountain wind farm may finance communications improvements
TIF money from the wind project is eyed as a way to leverage better broadband, cellular and emergency radio communications.
Read the full story
 
EDP Renewables, Emera, Central Maine Power advance wind farm
EDP Renewables, Central Maine Power and Emera Maine, a unit of Emera Inc., reached agreements that will enable renewable energy from a new wind power project in northern Maine to reach southern Maine and New England.
Read the full story
 
Northern Maine may seek connect to ISO-NE
Seeking greater reliability, Northern Maine may attempt to connect its small electricity market directly to the New England power grid rather than continue to rely on transmission lines into Canada.
Read the full story
 
Iberdrola weighs 100MW in Maine
Spanish developer Iberdrola Renewables is laying the groundwork for a 100MW wind farm in Maine, US.
 
“The prospective project is an early to mid-stage development with four met towers up and some field studies done,” Iberdrola spokesman Paul Copleman told reNEWS.
The Fletcher Mountain scheme will feature 30 to 35 turbines, depending on turbine type and final layout.             
Read the full story
 
Orland voters reject wind moratorium
In a special election Tuesday, voters narrowly struck down a proposed 180-day moratorium on wind power projects. Residents voted 282-277 against the moratorium, which would have temporarily prevented the town from accepting any proposals from a wind developer.                                     
Read the full story
 
Battle Brewing Over Renewable Energy & Natural Gas Subsidies
Natural gas represents a potential lower costs of energy however the unstable price spikes and high costs of additional infrastructure raise some concerns. Wind power investments in Maine will nearly double in the coming years brining investment to rural areas. New England grapples with the pros and cons of energy from renewables and fossil fuels.
Read the full story
 
Potential to expand hydropower in Maine less than expected
A new report on Maine’s hydropower potential found limited opportunities to expand power generation at existing dams, but suggests the state could encourage hydropower development by tweaking state policies.
The report identified 56 megawatts of additional power – beyond the more than 750 megawatts of installed capacity – that might be available by expanding or upgrading facilities that produce power now or by restarting dormant facilities with new technology.
The study did say Maine has significant opportunities for “hydrokinetic” power facilities that generate electricity from the tides, waves or rivers.
Read the full story
 
No panacea
In the social debate carried on for wind power in the States newspaper rarely do we find a piece written as reasonably as this,
Read the letter to the Mount Desert Islander Editor
 
 
 
 
                                                       
 

Benjamin
02/06/2015 - 11:39am
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for Dec '14-Jan'15

Wind power expected to create jobs in Maine, 2015

A report Tuesday by the Maine Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Southern Maine says the industry will produce 4,200 jobs in 2015 and that the industry is poised to double over the next four years to 1,300 megawatts of power output.

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Study: Clean energy to be $1.9B industry in Maine by 2023
Maine set an example for other states to follow in its renewable energy investments and growth during the past decade, according to a report released Monday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
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Major power company signs on to wind and hydro transmission project through Maine
National Grid, one of the region’s largest utilities, has signed on as a partner in a power transmission project that would link Maine wind projects and Canadian hydropower to population centers in New England.
Read the Full Story
 
Malloy's Billion-Dollar Clean Energy Purchase from Maine Weathers Federal Court Challenge
The Malloy administration's high-profile plan to buy clean energy from a wind farm in northern Maine has survived a legal challenge that argued that the nearly $1 billion contract violated federal energy laws.
Read the Full Story
 
 
Atlantic Wind advances Fletcher Mountain wind project in Somerset County
A sister company of Central Maine Power Co. is moving ahead with a wind power project that may include as many as 50 turbines near Fletcher Mountain in Somerset County.
Atlantic Wind, an indirect subsidiary of the Spanish utility Iberdrola S.A., which is also the indirect parent of CMP, filed a request with state utilities regulators earlier this month to begin planning a connection from the 100 megawatt wind farm to the power grid.
Read the Full Story
 
 
Somerset County approves wind farm TIF district
The tax increment financing plan created Monday night is expected to return about $11 million in addition to a community benefits agreement between the county and First Wind.
 
UMaine Completes 56m Wind Blade Test for Gamesa
The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center has completed static testing of a 56 meter (184 foot) wind turbine blade for Gamesa. The blade was manufactured in North America and delivered to the University of Maine in late August.
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The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced plans to auction more than 742,000 offshore acres for commercial wind energy development.
The January 29, 2015 auction by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will award the rights to site offshore wind projects in an area south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  BOEM has found twelve companies to be legally, technically and financially qualified to participate in the auction for the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area, including affiliates of Deepwater Wind, EDF, Cape Wind, Fishermen’s Energy, Iberdrola, and RES America.
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Maine Supreme Judicial Court rules appeal to stop permitted Clifton wind farm filed too late
The state’s highest court decided Wednesday that an appeal by two Rebel Hill Road farmers to stop a permitted $25 million wind farm on nearby Pisgah Mountain was filed too late.
Read the Full Story
 
Proposed Clifton Wind Farm Property Vandalized, $30K in Damage
The developers of a proposed wind farm in Clifton say someone vandalized the property, causing about $30,000 in damage.
Developer Paul Fuller says in a recent trip to Pisgah Mountain, he discovered someone released the cables holding wind gauge equipment in place.
Read the Full Story
 
Maine needs a wind energy tax credit extension for a clean, healthy future
Wind power already is growing rapidly here in Maine and around the country and generates enough electricity to power more than 15 million homes. A major contributor to this growth has been two important federal tax credits for wind power that, despite bipartisan support, were allowed to expire last year. We need Congress to show leadership on this issue and extend the tax credits through 2015, instead of the mere three-week extension passed by the House. This will ensure recent growth keeps up its rapid clip, and wind power could provide 30 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030.
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From Maine to Denmark, Islanders (Including Students) Seek Sustainable Energy Solutions
On the island of Samsø, Denmark, a group of staff, faculty and students from College of the Atlantic, community leaders from five Maine islands and staff from the Island Institute and the Samsø Energy Academy participated in an academic experiment called the Collaborative for Island Energy Research & Action (CIERA).
Read the Full Story
 
 
 
 

Benjamin
01/07/2015 - 12:13pm
UMaine Completes 56m Wind Blade Test for Gamesa

ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center has completed static testing of a 56 meter (184 foot) wind turbine blade for Gamesa. The blade wasmanufactured in North America and delivered to the University of Maine in late August.
According to UMaine Composites Center Director Dr. Habib Dagher, “We are honored to have
served one of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers. This is the biggest structure we have tested to date, extending nearly 80% of the length of our blade test lab.”
“Our engineers, technicians, and students did a great job designing, building, and operating the equipment needed to safely rotate and test the 56m blade,” said John Arimond, who joined the UMaine Composites Center in 2013 after 28 years in industry, most recently serving as CTO of a New Zealand-based manufacturer of 500 kW wind turbines.
Juan Diego Díaz, Gamesa´s Marketing Director, added “We are excited to be partnering with UMaine for blade testing. North America was a logical place to conduct this important step in our product development, supporting our growing commercial opportunities in that region and globally. We were impressed by the testing quality, safety and attention to detail provided by the UMaine team in successfully testing our blade.”
 

About Gamesa (www.gamesacorp.com)
With 20 years' experience and more than 30,000 MW installed in 46 countries, Gamesa is a global technological leader in the wind industry. Its end-to-end value chain presence encompasses windturbine design, manufacture, installation and operations and maintenance (over 20,000 MW). The company is perennially ranked among the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers and it has been present in the North American market for more than 10 years.
 

About UMaine Composites Center (www.composites.umaine.edu)
The University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center's award winning researchstaff help clients create innovations from concept through design, modeling, prototyping, testing, andcode compliance reporting. The 9,300 m2, $110 million, ISO 17025-accredited laboratory has a successful history of partnering with industry, completing over 500 product development and testing projects over the past five years.
Contact: John Arimond, 207.581.2336
 


Benjamin
01/07/2015 - 11:35am
TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: OCEAN AND MARINE ENGINEERING

TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: OCEAN AND MARINE ENGINEERING
University of Maine
The Departments of Mechanical or Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Aquaculture Research
Institute at the University of Maine seek applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant
professor level in Ocean and Marine Engineering. The successful candidate will contribute to core
teaching needs of the parent department, and join the new Sustainability Ecological Aquaculture Network
(SEANET). The successful applicant for this position is expected to demonstrate exceptional strength in
research, teaching, and service. Key areas of research for this position are expected to be in one of the
following: ocean aquaculture, design and construction of marine and coastal structures, marine and
coastal systems and processes, marine biomechanics and thermodynamics, or physical/biological
oceanography. The Departments’ teaching needs include mechanics of materials and structures, materials
science, dynamics and vibrations, mechanical design and heat transfer. The position requires B.S. and
Ph.D. degrees in mechanical, civil, ocean, or marine engineering, or closely related disciplines. Preference
will be given to candidates with a demonstrated background in mechanical or civil engineering, record of
or potential for obtaining external research funding, a commitment to collaborative work across
disciplines and external to the University, and enthusiasm for participating on research teams with diverse
disciplinary members. Further inquiries about this position may be sent to seanetstaff@maine.edu.
Applications, including a cover letter, statement of research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, 3
exemplary publications and contact information for 3 potential references should be sent to the
Department of Human Resources via https://umaine.hiretouch.com. Review of applications will begin
Jan. 12, 2015. The expected start date is September 2015.
Salary and benefits are competitive and dependent on qualifications. Ph.D. is required at time of
appointment. The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual
orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Benjamin
12/22/2014 - 12:42pm
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for Nov-Dec '14

Canton Wind project moves ahead after noise appeal denied. 

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection unanimously rejected the appeal of an eight-turbine wind power project on Canton Mountain, owned by the Massachusetts-based Patriot Renewables.
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SunEdison Buying First Wind In $2.4 Billion Deal
Global solar company SunEdison Inc. is entering the wind industry in a big way. The company and its yieldco subsidiary, TerraForm Power, have signed a definitive agreement to acquire First Wind, a Boston-based developer, owner and operator of U.S. wind projects, for $2.4 billion.
 
The $2.4 billion sum is made up of $1.9 billion in up-front consideration and a $510 million earn-out. For $1.5 billion, which includes the earn-out, SunEdison will purchase over 1.6 GW of pipeline and backlog projects from First Wind. The projects are expected to come online between 2016 and 2017, at which point SunEdison plans to transfer the assets to TerraForm.
Read the full article:
 
What First Wind’s sale could mean for wind development in Maine
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Sale of First Wind won't affect turbine project in Bingham, official says
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Stantec acquires Portland engineering firm
Portland engineering firm Industry and Energy Associates LLC has been acquired by Edmonton, Alberta-based Stantec.
The acquisition, Stantec's fourth in Maine, adds IEA's 60 employees to Stantec's 200-person work force in Maine at offices in Portland, Scarborough, Topsham and Limestone, according to a press release from the company. Bob Gomes, president and CEO of Stantec, says IEA's focus on traditional and renewable energy complements Stantec's work in design and environmental management.
Read the full article:
 
 
Franklin County panel opens three proposals to update TIF
Read the full article:
Franklin County has received $2.29 million as of September under a 2008 tax-increment financing enhancement agreement it has with TransCanada Maine Wind Development Inc. related to Kibby Wind Power in northern Franklin County. Money is coming in faster than initially expected, Magoon previously said. It was unknown when the agreement was approved what the wind operation's value would be once it was completed.
 
Project categories with the unorganized townships that qualify for funding range from scenic byway improvements to tourism packaging and marketing assistance to global positioning systems and trail improvements. Public safety/fire protection, emergency communications and scholarships for education also are qualified categories.
Read the full article:
 
 
Wind Industry Is An Economic Shot In The Arm
Pat DeFilipp, Project Manager at Reed and Reed in Maine calls wind power an economic shot in the arm. It is a nice clean industry to help any local economy. Stetson Wind, one of the largest wind projects in New England ($50 million spent in 100 different Maine companies), kept workers in the state, something many people there have appreciated (even far beyond the employees).
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Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels
For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas.
That day appears to be dawning.
The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas.
Read the full article:
 
 
Second Pika turbine flies at National Wind Technology Center
A few hours northeast of the Lazy J Ranch, two Pika turbines are now flying at the nation's premiere facility for testing wind turbines big and small. The second turbine (at left) is mounted on a new steel monopole tower design. With oversight and support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratories, Pika is measuring the dynamics between the turbine and tower. The National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, CO routinely experiences brutal wind conditions that have provided us a great environment for measuring the safety and performance of our products.
 
 

Benjamin
12/10/2014 - 3:03pm
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for Oct-Sept '14


High Court Supports BEP Decision to Permit Passadumkeag Mountain Wind Farm

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the Board of Environmental Protection’s decision to grant permission for a wind farm on Passadumkeag Mountain in Grand Falls Township.
Last year, the BEP overturned a decision by the Department of Environmental Protection to reject the 14-turbine wind farm.
Passadumkeag Mountain Friends, a non-profit group fighting against the project, appealed the decision to the high court.
From WABI
 
ORPC Proves Design of Its Future Tidal Energy Power System
ORPC is pleased to announce it has concluded its highly successful OCGen® Module Mooring Project at its federally licensed Cobscook Bay, Maine project site. This first-of-its-kind project, funded partially by the U.S. Dept. of Energy and Maine Technology Institute, proved the stability of the prototype OCGen® device in reversing tidal currents and confirmed the loading and performance of its innovative tensioned mooring system.
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Vestas Stays On Duty At Kibby Wind Farm In Maine
TransCanada has renewed a service agreement with Vestas for the 132 MW Kibby Wind project, located in Eustis, Maine.
The project consists of 44 V90-3.0 MW turbines originally installed in 2009. Under the new contract, Vestas will deliver a full-scope service package for 15 years. The company says its AOM 5000 package is an energy-based availability guarantee.
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Carthage woman loses appeal over wind farm
With her home more than 40 miles away, officials conclude that she would not be affected by noise
The appeal, by Alice McKay Barnett, was one of two filed in reaction to the Department of Environmental Protection’s approval of the Bingham Wind Project in September. It stated that Blue Sky’s protocol for dealing with noise complaints related to the turbines is not adequate and asked the department to put in place a noise complaint hot line managed by local health officials.
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First Wind's investment from Emera appealed again to top court
The case has broader implications for investment in power generation in Maine, mostly because it addresses to what extent, if at all, the Nova Scotia-based parent company of the former Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service can invest in any power generation in the state. Central Maine Power Co. is, similarly, owned by the Spanish company Iberdrola.
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Pika powers high school near Houston and appears on on 'Living the Country Life'
 The new Career and Technical High School in Pasadena, installed a Pika T701 wind turbine on a 60-foot tower next to the school. The new installation will support workforce development opportunities. Students will be able to analyze performance of the Pika turbine through Pika's REview monitoring.
 
Pika Hybrid System owners Tracy Wilkerson and Pete Hedden were recently interviewed for the nationally-broadcast radio program 'Living the Country Life' about their experiences building their own home and living self-sufficiently in the Maine mountains with a combination of wind and solar drastically reducing their electric bill, while taking advantage of their property's unique wind resource.
Read More
Read the Country Life article here:
 
Frankfort voters reject referendum that would have repealed restrictive wind ordinance
Frankfort residents voted Tuesday by 138 votes to retain their existing wind energy ordinance rather than repealing it and adopting the state's model wind ordinance. The tally was 224 in favor of repeal to 362 opposed.
The vote prevents the Waldo Community Wind project, a planned six-turbine, 18-megawatt wind power project proposed by Portsmouth, N.H.- based Eolian Renewable Energy LLC, from going forward. According to Eolian, the project would have delivered clean, emission-free power to about 6,500 homes across Maine and New England.
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 http://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/frankfort-voters-reject-referendum-that-would-have-repealed-restrictive-wind-ordinance/1264600

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Marine Highway Momentum from Maine Port Authority
DOT's Maritime Administration (MARAD) has supported the Maine Port Authority’s development of a next-level cargo vessel designed specifically to handle that unique marine environment.
In addition to increasing safety and reliability for mariners and shippers, the project shows great potential to reduce energy consumption and air emissions while offering relief to cars and trucks on the busy I-95 land-side corridor.
This week, port officials took a major step forward in this effort by releasing a design for the first U.S. containerized articulated tug barge, or “ATB,” made possible with funding from MARAD.
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Benjamin
11/05/2014 - 7:59am
Pika powers high school near Houston and appears on on 'Living the Country Life'

The new Career and Technical High School in Pasadena, Texas was looking for a leading-edge wind turbine to use as a learning tool on wind power technology. Earlier this month, Axium Solar installed a Pika T701 wind turbine on a 60-foot tower next to the school. Wind industry jobs are growing quickly in Texas, which leads the country in total installed wind generating capacity.    The new installation will is part of a workforce development opportunity. Students will be able to analyze performance of the Pika turbine through Pika's REview monitoring.

 
Pika Hybrid System owners Tracy Wilkerson and Pete Hedden were recently interviewed for the nationally-broadcast radio program 'Living the Country Life' about their experiences building their own home and living self-sufficiently in the Maine mountains. Powering their home with a combination of wind and solar has allowed their family to drastically reduce their electric bill, while taking advantage of their property's unique wind resource.
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Benjamin
11/03/2014 - 12:42pm
ORPC Proves Design of Its Future Tidal Energy Power System

U.S. Dept. of Energy Funded OCGen® Module Mooring Project a Major Success
Portland, Maine, October 29, 2014 – ORPC is pleased to announce it has concluded its
highly successful OCGen® Module Mooring Project at its federally licensed Cobscook Bay,
Maine project site. This first-of-its-kind project, funded partially by the U.S. Dept. of Energy
and Maine Technology Institute, proved the stability of the prototype OCGen® device in
reversing tidal currents and confirmed the loading and performance of its innovative
tensioned mooring system.


Power generation equipment that can be located at a prescribed depth, such as the
OCGen® device, has the potential to access the more energy dense current resources typically found in the upper portions of the water column. The prototype OCGen® device consisted of a buoyancy pod attached to a chassis with two turbines placed in the water column 35 feet below mean low water. The objective of the project was to determine the stability of the OCGen® device under various loading and current conditions and the effectiveness of the tensioned mooring system. Data collected was well within expected ranges and proved the design concept of ORPC’s OCGen® Power System.
 

"We believe the prototype OCGen® device is the first installation anywhere of a floating
hydrokinetic device held at a fixed location in the water column using a tensioned mooring
and anchoring system," said ORPC President & CEO Chris Sauer. "The lessons learned are a significant step forward in ORPC's development of a full-scale OCGen® Power System that will reduce the cost and footprint of tidal energy systems while enhancing performance. We are indebted to the Town of Lubec and City of Eastport, our local contractors, and our Mainebased project team for making this project such a success."
 

"The continued technological advances performed by ORPC in Maine will have a long
lasting benefit on the local economy and development of the global renewable energy
market," commented Paul Williamson, Director of the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative. "We are fortunate to have a company that shows such leadership in innovation in our state. We need to continue to do all we can to support their work."


"We are happy that ORPC's success with the OCGen® Project will be shared at the
International Conference on Ocean Energy in Halifax, Nova Scotia next week," noted Chris
Campbell, Executive Director of Marine Renewables Canada. "The OCGen® Project aligns with project developments in Nova Scotia to make New England and the Maritimes a nucleus in the worldwide development of tidal energy.”


Other highlights of ORPC's OCGen® Module Mooring Project include:
• Collection of significant data under various operating conditions of the OCGen® device
over a three-month period, including device movement (pitch, yaw and roll), tidal
current speed and direction, turbine rotational speed, and loading on the mooring lines
• Important contributions to the understanding of marine hydrokinetic mooring system
dynamics that will help to validate and improve computational models
• Monitoring of fisheries interactions with the device, funded by a separate Energy
Department grant, which was conducted by the University of Maine and is contributing
to the growing knowledge base of aquatic interactions with ORPC’s power systems
• Scour monitoring of the mooring anchors that indicated minimal changes in vertical
elevation of the seabed as well as horizontal movement of the anchors themselves


ORPC is one of very few companies in the world to take a hydrokinetic power system
project from an idea to a successful operation delivering power to the grid. In 2012, ORPC
made history with its Cobscook Bay project, the first commercial, hydrokinetic tidal energy
project to deliver electricity to a utility grid anywhere in the Americas. In the summer of
2014, ORPC installed its first river power system in the remote Alaskan village of Igiugig and
successfully demonstrated the performance of it. Because of these unique experiences, ORPC is offering strategic expertise and support to other river and ocean energy projects through its subsidiary, ORPC Solutions.
 

Since 2007, ORPC has invested more than $25 million into the Maine economy and created
or retained more than 100 jobs statewide. In Alaska, where ORPC has a project development
office, the company has invested over $2.6 million since 2009, and has over 50 partners and
contractors.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014, ORPC is a privately-held world leader in river,
tidal and deep-water ocean current power generation systems and projects. ORPC’s hub at
Eastport and Lubec, Maine, has become an internationally recognized center for tidal and
river energy development. For more information, visit www.orpc.co.


For still images of the OCGen® Project which may be used in media reports, see:
www.dropbox.com/sh/er4pc8ben77ozh8/AAD5X1kr_W6bjJLW3Yi6_eBka?dl=0


Benjamin
11/03/2014 - 12:33pm
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for Sept-Oct '14

ORPC’s RivGen® Power System Demonstration Project a Major Success

Affordable, Locally Produced, Clean Energy for Remote River Communities Moves Closer to Reality.
ORPC is pleased to announce it has concluded its highly successful RivGen® Power System demonstration project in the Kvichak River at the remote river village of Igiugig, Alaska, 275 miles southwest of Anchorage. ORPC’s RivGen® Power System is a 25 kilowatt system designed to reduce and stabilize the cost of power in remote communities located near rivers and tidal estuaries that currently use diesel fuel for power generation.
 
Energy Department Awards $4.5 Million for Innovative Wind Power R&D Projects
The Energy Department today announced $4.5 million for four projects to help increase deployment of innovative wind power technologies by optimizing the operation, boosting efficiency, and improving the environmental performance of wind energy systems. The research and development (R&D) projects, located in Maine, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Texas, contribute to the Energy Department’s effort to advance innovative technologies that reduce carbon emissions and support the President’s goal to double renewable energy again by 2020.
Biodiversity Research Institute of Gorham, Maine, will receive $1.1 million to develop a stereo-optic camera system to detect and document bird and bat flight behavior in the vicinity of wind turbines. This system will use near-infrared cameras and specialized software to detect animal movements throughout the day and night, and will work to automate the identification of different species of birds and bats. The project will help researchers better understand potential environmental impacts of wind turbines.
 
 
Maine environmental agency OKs permit for state’s largest wind farm in Bingham
A subsidiary of Boston-based First Wind gained final approval Monday to build the largest wind farm yet approved by state regulators.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection was expected to grant the permit for the company’s proposed wind farm in Bingham after it issued a draft order approving the 62-turbine, 186-megawatt project on Aug. 27 to the $398 million project by Blue Sky West LLC and Blue Sky West II LLC
 
Frankfort will see wind farm’s benefits, but so will the rest of Maine
In the coming months, the residents of Frankfort will learn more about an exciting emission-free, clean energy project proposed for their town. Waldo Community Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Eolian Renewable Energy LLC, is pursuing the development of a modest six-turbine wind farm on private land in Frankfort — enough electricity for about 6,500 average Maine homes.
As we saw this winter, our overreliance on natural gas leaves us dangerously exposed to violent price swings that lead to sticker shock when our monthly utility bills arrive. One opportunity to shield ourselves from the future unknown costs of natural gas is to embrace and cultivate local renewable sources of energy with no fuel cost.
 
Construction underway on new wave-wind basin at U-Maine
Work is in progress on an addition to UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC), a facility that specializes in material sciences, manufacturing and engineering research and design.
W2, a unique wave-wind basin that began construction in July 2014, will allow UMaine researchers to test offshore structures under differing wave and wind environments. The addition will be completed in May 2015.
 
UMaine Clinches $3.8 Million Federal Offshore Wind Grant
The University of Maine (UMaine)-led consortium behind the planned 12 MW Aqua Ventus offshore wind pilot project has finalized a $3.8 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Aqua Ventus was one of seven U.S. offshore wind projects to receive $4 million in DOE funding in 2012, but the department did not choose the pilot as one of three projects to win a $47 million follow-up grant in May. The DOE did, however, say it would issue UMaine a smaller cooperative research grant to continue the design and engineering work of the 6 MW VolturnUS floating turbine.
 
First Wind celebrates groundbreaking at largest wind project in Maine
First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, was joined Wednesday at a ceremony by community and industry leaders to commemorate construction of the company’s 148MW Oakfield Wind project in Aroostook County, Maine. Representing First Wind’s sixth project in Maine and the company’s largest in New England, the Oakfield Wind project will provide $27 million in tax and community benefit payments to the town of Oakfield and the surrounding community over the next 20 years.
 
Hancock County approves latest financial agreements with First Wind
Hancock County commissioners voted Friday to approve financial agreements with a First Wind subsidiary expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the county.
By 2-1 votes, the commission approved the creation of a tax increment financing district, a resulting property tax payment agreement and a separate community benefit agreement connected with a planned commercial wind farm in townships 16 and 22 in eastern Hancock County. In each vote, Commissioner Antonio Blasi opposed the approval while commissioners Steve Joy and Percy “Joe” Brown voted in favor of it.
 
Marine Highway Momentum from Maine Port Authority
The more than 25,000 miles of navigable Great Lakes, rivers, and waterways that make up America’s Marine Highway System are – and will remain – a key economic asset. Our nation’s marine highway routes and the tugs and barges that ply those marine highways help alleviate land-side congestion; accommodate future freight growth; and provide reliable, competitive alternatives for freight shippers.
 

Benjamin
10/03/2014 - 11:20am
ORPC’s RivGen® Power System Demonstration Project a Major Success

Affordable, Locally Produced, Clean Energy for
Remote River Communities Moves Closer to Reality


Portland, Maine, September 24, 2014 – ORPC is pleased to announce it has concluded its highly successful RivGen® Power System demonstration project in the Kvichak River at the remote river village of Igiugig, Alaska, 275 miles southwest of Anchorage. ORPC’s RivGen® Power System is a 25 kilowatt system designed to reduce and stabilize the cost of power in remote communities located near rivers and tidal estuaries that currently use diesel fuel for power generation.
"We are thrilled with the successful demonstration of the self-deployment and power
generation features of our system and the lessons learned will be invaluable to us as we
complete our commercial design of RivGen® next year," said ORPC President & CEO Chris Sauer. He added "We are indebted to our Alaska-based project team, the Village of Igiugig, and the local contractors whose professionalism, ingenuity and perseverance really paid off."
"With incredible teamwork and ingenuity, ORPC and Igiugig Village generated hydrokinetic
power from the Kvichak River!" said AlexAnna Salmon, Igiugig Village President. "The Council is impressed that the RivGen® System was installed with local equipment, provided significant power for our micro-grid, and most importantly, coexisted with the fish habitat that the Kvichak River is so famous for. We are very thankful to everyone that has made this journey a success."
Other project highlights include: several successful deployments and retrievals using only
the device’s ballasting system, thereby proving the self-deploying/retrieval features of the
RivGen® Power System; remote operation and adjustment of the system via network by ORPC engineers; delivery of the projected amount of power to the on-shore station; and
comprehensive environmental monitoring of the device that showed that the operating power system had no known negative impacts on fish and other aquatic life.
ORPC hosted tours to the project site for a dozen or more state officials and
representatives of Alaska Native Corporations and other business interests during the week of August 25. Guests toured Igiugig, viewed the RivGen® system in operation by boat, learned about the project's environmental monitoring protocols, and met with Dr. Brian Polagye of the University of Washington, who was on-site as part of a U.S. Dept. of Energy funded project to develop advanced control systems for marine hydrokinetic devices to improve performance of such devices in turbulent current conditions.
"Your RivGen® demonstration is very well conceived and executed, and a very impressive
demonstration of power generation using natural forces," commented Igiugig tour participant and Group HI Managing Partner, Bill Arterburn. "Without doubt, there are many Alaska locations where similar deployments might make some sense."
"The excellent tour of your RivGen® project enlightened me to some of the challenges that
are still ahead of us in bringing commercial products to market in Alaska. You are making
excellent progress even with those challenges," said Wyn Menefee, Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water Chief of Operations. "It is obvious that a tremendous amount of work went into making this demonstration successful. It was very positive to see how your company has worked with the community on this beneficial project.
The cost of electricity in Igiugig is nearly $0.80/kWh (versus a national average of
$0.10/kWh) due to its reliance on diesel generation. This project was a crucial step forward in reducing the cost and environmental impacts from electricity generation in Igiugig and rural river communities around the globe. The RivGen® Power System Commercialization Project was partially funded by the Denali Commission and Alaska Energy Authority.
ORPC is one of very few companies in the world to take a hydrokinetic power system
project from an idea to a successfully operating project delivering power. In 2012, ORPC
made history by delivering power to the New England grid from the company’s TidGen® Power System installed in Cobscook Bay, Maine. The Cobscook Bay project was the first commercial, grid-connected hydrokinetic tidal energy project to deliver power to a utility grid in North, Central or South America. With this unique experience, ORPC now offers strategic expertise and support to other river and ocean energy projects through its subsidiary, ORPC Solutions.
In Alaska, the company has invested over $2.6 million since 2009 and has built a supply
chain of over 50 partners and contractors throughout the state, including the University of
Alaska at Fairbanks and Anchorage. Since 2007, ORPC has invested more than $25 million into the Maine economy and created or retained more than 100 jobs statewide.
Established in 2004, ORPC is a privately-held world leader in river, tidal and deep-water
ocean current power generation systems and projects. ORPC’s hub at Eastport and Lubec, Maine, has become an internationally recognized center for river and tidal energy
development. For more information, visit www.orpc.co.
For videos and still images of the RivGen® Project see:

www.dropbox.com/sh/1ooob98ecdq2cwg/AADOI5DNi_a0hQjbd9ihl6KZa?dl=0


Benjamin
10/03/2014 - 11:04am
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for Aug-Sept '14

Bingham wind energy project wins preliminary approval from Maine environmental regulators

State regulators are prepared to give final approval for a 62-turbine wind farm in Bingham, which would be the largest so far approved in the state.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday issued a draft order approving the project, proposed by a subsidiary of the Boston-based firm First Wind. That order will be subject to public comment and further review before final approval can be granted for the proposed $398 million project by Blue Sky West LLC and Blue Sky West II LLC.
 
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Skowhegan State Fair runs on wind energy
Two wind advocacy groups, seeking to promote the use of wind energy, donated enough electricity to run the 10-day fair.
 
“The Skowhegan State Fair is a historic icon,” said Paul Williamson, director and industry coordinator at the Maine Ocean and Wind Energy Initiative. “It represents Maine’s rural economy, which is something that wind energy has become a part of, and so we wanted to make sure wind was represented at the fair.”
 
Wind also had a visible presence at the fair this year: large posters advertising wind energy,create your own wind blade contest on Friday, and the use of wind energy itself.
 
Read the full story
 
State report: Alternative energy a top bet for job growth
The findings have the potential to recast the investment strategies of the Maine agency that directs seed money and development loans to promising startups.
Read the full story
 
Maine PUC request comments for Pisgah Mt extension
The Maine PUC requests comments for the Pisgah Mt wind project on extension of certification in the renewable energy pilot program. The project has been delayed on construction for three years due to legal appeals. Pisgah M hast LLC been successful in all seven town votes and all other necessary permits are finished and fully executed. 
 
to read the full request for comments (due by September 5, 2014)
 
Limited appeal of Canton wind project allowed
A Massachusetts wind power developer has until Sept. 17 to respond to an administrative appeal filed with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection last month by a Carthage woman, a state official ruled Thursday. On July 17, Alice McKay Barnett, a wind power opponent, submitted seven documents of supplemental evidence that mostly concern turbine noise adversely affecting health.
 
Robert A. Foley, chairman of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection in Augusta, made the decision. Foley accepted the developer's argument and rejected all seven attachments by not admitting them into the record.
 
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UMaine’s wind turbine lab tests largest blade yet
A 180-foot wind turbine blade has been delivered to the University of Maine for strength testing. It’s the biggest structure the center has put through the ringer in its six years of evaluating turbine components. Under the terms of its contract with the manufacturer, the name of the company that produced the turbine is confidential.
The U-Maine facility is one of just two sites in the nation capable of handling a blade this large. The blade would go on a turbine with a 400-foot rotation diameter, or about four stories tall, not including the tower.
 
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First Wind to utilize GE technology for Maine wind farm
GE’s (NYSE: GE) Digital Energy business will supply its synchronous condenser technology to First Wind’s Oakfield wind farm in northern Maine to connect wind power to the grid.
Synchronous condensers increase the grids strength and improve the voltage stability, allowing a wind turbine to operate in an otherwise weak grid.
The Oakfield wind farm is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2015.
 
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Tidal power company seeks support for Washington County venture
Halcyon Tidal Power’s plan is the latest project proposed for the Cobscook Bay area, where huge tides draw interest from energy developers     
An Augusta-based company that wants to develop a $125 million tidal energy project in Cobscook Bay will hold meetings this week meant to advance its venture with state officials, local residents and investors.
 
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First Wind to Host Reception Honoring Maine Students That Received Scholarships Through 2014 Program
First Wind will host a special recognition dinner at River Driver’s Restaurant in Millinocket to celebrate Maine students that were selected as scholarship recipients through the 2014 First Wind Scholars program. Five of the seventeen students selected to receive a scholarship are Maine residents, representing the largest number of any state. As part of the 2014 program, First Wind distributed a total of $15,000 in scholarship dollars to Maine students through one-time $3,000 grants.
 Winners of the 2014 scholarships include:
    Brayden Beardsley, Ellsworth High School
    Mataya Hartin, Southern Aroostook Community School
    Courtney Jurson, Hodgdon High School
    Trysten Pelkey, Mattanawcook Academy
    Hunter Turner, Easton Jr./Sr. High School
 
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Dixfield puts temporary moratorium on wind energy projects
The six-month pause will give selectmen time to finish revisions to a wind energy ordinance.
Quincy, Massachusetts, firm Patriot Renewables LLC asked Dixfield officials three years ago about building 13 wind turbines on a mountain ridge. The town’s selectmen approved a Wind Energy Facility Ordinance in 2012 and began revising it in January 2013.
The six-month moratorium is to allow selectmen to finish the revisions. Residents voted 89-7 in favor of the moratorium Thursday.
 
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Benjamin
09/03/2014 - 12:11pm
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for July-Aug '14

 

Regulators OK Emera investment in First Wind
Using new guidance from the state supreme court, Maine utility regulators on Tuesday approved for a second time a deal that gave Canadian utility Emera a stake in First Wind, the state's largest wind developer.
 
The court in March ordered the Maine Public Utilities Commission to re-examine a deal in which Nova Scotia-based Emera invested more than $300 million to have a 49 percent stake in Boston-based First Wind's Northeast project portfolio.
 
Maine's Two Largest Utilities Agree to Co-develop Transmission Projects in New England
Projects would boost capacity; improve access to new renewable generation.
Maine's two largest utilities have agreed to jointly develop electric transmission projects to enhance the strength and capacity of the state's bulk power grid and improve access for new generation resources.
 
Emera Maine and Central Maine Power (CMP) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for joint project development which identified a number of potential projects that could be developed together. The projects would improve links between southern New England and northern Maine, where more than 2,100 megawatts of wind power development have been proposed. The agreement between the utilities comes in response to a call by the six New England governors for investments in the region's energy infrastructure to diversify the energy portfolio and gain access to new renewable energy resources.
 
 
Wind energy utility leasing more than 7,000 acres of land Down East
Atlantic Wind, a subsidiary of a global utility business, has leased thousands of acres in two Maine coastal communities and is gathering data to assess the feasibility of a wind energy project there.
 
Atlantic Wind has leased a little more than 7,200 acres in Washington County, including about 4,200 in Whiting and 2,900 in Trescott, according to Paul Copleman, a spokesman for Iberdrola Renewables, the parent company of Atlantic Wind.
 
 
Clifton voters approve amended land use rules for Pisgah Mountain wind project
Residents voted 210-138 in favor of a series of land use ordinance amendments prompted by a controversial plan to develop a five-turbine wind farm atop Pisgah Mountain.
In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s vote, proponents of the land use ordinance amendments said the changes would strengthen the town’s already stringent wind energy rules to provide more protections to residents.
 
Pisgah Mountain LLC’s Paul Fuller said in a recent interview that he and his development partners supported the amendments. “This is a great victory for the town of Clifton, and it’s a great victory for Pisgah Mountain LLC,” Fuller said Tuesday night of the referendum results.
 
Groton Wind sound tests pass muster for committee
GROTON — The amount of sound emitted by the Groton Wind facility in town and in surrounding towns is within the state’s guidelines for such projects, according to a contractor that just conducted tests for the owners of Groton Wind.
 
Ocean Planning Group Plans Stakeholder Use
The Northeast Regional Planning Body (NRPB) met June 25-26 for a Natural Resources Workshop and goal-setting meeting in Cambridge, Mass. The workshop focused on how marine science could be included in NRPB goals. Setting baseline marine habitat conditions in the northeast has been listed as an important goal for the Planning Body and its role within a National Ocean Policy.
 
For further reading and links to the science and funding of the NRPB process and some of the individuals involved in regional plans for a National Ocean Policy click here for a list of links.

Benjamin
08/05/2014 - 12:41pm
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for June-July '14

Maine favors Patriot project

Maine regulatory staff has recommended the state green light the 22.8MW Canton Mountain wind project proposed by Patriot Renewables.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a draft order approving the eight-turbine scheme. The department commissioner is expected to issue a final determination before the end of this summer.  
 
The wind industry's relative youth means fewer traditional barriers for women in Maine
Katherine Joyce, an attorney at Bernstein Shur, sees a multi-billion industry in harnessing wind power. She specializes in the complex permitting process that has accompanied the industry.
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Maine ahead of curve on new carbon pollution limits
Maine has been a leader in clean energy and efficiency, and will use an existing program to further cut greenhouse gas emissions to meet the first national carbon emission limit proposal — released yesterday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — which aims to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 30% nationally and by about 14% in Maine by 2030.
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Citizen board upholds Maine DEP’s rejection of Bowers Mountain wind farm permit
State regulators have denied permitting for the 16-turbine Bowers Mountain wind project in eastern Penobscot County, rejecting the project by developer First Wind for a second time.
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Harvard Researchers Are 3-D Printing Fake Balsa Wood For Next-Generation Wind Turbines
In a paper published online in the journal Advanced Materials, the researchers report that they’ve developed cellular composite materials that mimic balsa wood. They are extremely light and extremely stiff and actually appear to be better than balsa for wind turbines.
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 Sea Change: Counting the ways Maine gains from renewable power
We could cut our huge energy costs and achieve lasting economic and health benefits. A 2010 report on energy self-reliant states suggests that Maine could generate 577 percent of its current electricity demand through a combination of renewable technologies and greater efficiency (the most cost-effective way to achieve increased energy self-reliance). Rather than sending energy dollars out of state, Maine could export power, create new jobs and generate needed revenue.
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Benjamin
07/02/2014 - 9:12am
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for May-June '14

Vestas to deliver 148 MW-worth of wind turbines to U.S

Vestas has received an order for 48 of their V112-3.0 MW turbines for the 148-MW Oakfield project in the state of Maine. Delivery of the turbines is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015, with commissioning expected by the fourth quarter of 2015.
 
In addition to the turbines, Vestas will also provide the project with a 10-year Active Output Management 5000 service agreement, which is an energy-based availability guarantee that ensures the turbines are operational when the wind is blowing.
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Wind turbine project approved by Maine regulators
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has given the green light to an eight-turbine wind project on Canton Mountain.
The 22.8-megawatt project approved this week will feature a 3,500-square-foot operations building and eight turbines, each extending 480 feet high.
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Maine company to test underwater turbine in Alaska
A company that hopes to build underwater river turbines as a clean power alternative to diesel in Alaska villages has unveiled a prototype due to be tested in July.
 
Ocean Renewable Power Co., based in Portland, Maine, showed off its RivGen Power System on Wednesday in Anchorage. The device built with backing from the Alaska Energy Authority and the Denali Commission will be installed in July on the bottom of the Kvichak River to generate power for Igiugig, a community of 50 about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage.
 
The device is a scaled-down version of turbines the company has built for harnessing tidal power.
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Towerless turbine: Airborne system powers rural locales
Wind energy start-up Altaeros Energies' (Boston, Mass.) Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) proof-of-concept prototype reportedly can harvest the more consistent winds at higher altitudes because its elevation is not limited by the need for a tower.
A prototype with carbon fiber composite blades made by the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center (Orono, Maine) was successfully tested a proof-of-concept BAT in 45-mph/72-kmh winds and at a height of 500 ft/152.4m in Maine
“BAT is a low-cost power solution … that can power more than a dozen homes,” and is currently working on rotor and nacelle designs for commercial-scale BAT deployments.
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First Wind grants 17 scholarships
First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, today announced that 17 students from high schools across the country will be awarded scholarships through the company’s signature First Wind Scholars program. The 2014 recipients were selected from a large pool of applicants and represented project host communities in Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. First Wind is marking the fifth year of its successful community program and will commit a total of $68,000 in scholarship dollars this year alone.
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Berlin city leaders support wind-turbine project on Jericho Mountain
The City That Trees Built is welcoming wind power, and specifically plans to place as many as six electricity-generating turbines atop Jericho Mountain.
Gordon L. Deane, president of Cohasset, Mass.-based Palmer Capital Corporation and Palmer Management Corporation, which own Jericho Power LLC, said the turbines are expected to begin producing power in the third quarter of 2015.
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First Wind tries again to gain Maine regulators’ approval for wind farm partnership with Emera
Boston-based First Wind is pushing Maine utilities regulators to approve for a second time its multimillion-dollar partnership with Nova Scotia-based power company Emera, in a case that was sent back to the Maine Public Utilities Commission by a court order.
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Updates on Maine Ocean Energy Technology development at the Energy Ocean Conference
 
Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative provided ocean energy technology updates that the Energy Ocean International Conference this week in Atlantic City, NJ. The presentation focused on recent successes in VolturnUS scale offshore wind model; advancements for ORPC in tidal energy in Maine and testing leading to river device deployment in Alaska; and institutes that are building capacity to support R&D for ocean energy in Maine.
The presentation can be viewed here.
More on Energy Ocean International here.

Benjamin
06/05/2014 - 12:04pm
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for April-May '14

UMaine still committed to offshore wind project

The University of Maine and its partners remain committed to the Aqua Ventus 1 offshore wind project, despite coming up short Wednesday in the second round of U.S. Department of Energy's grants to advance emerging technologies for offshore wind energy. The DOE said the Maine project would receive $3 million in R&D funding. Offshore projects in New Jersey, Virginia and Oregon are slated to get $46.7 million grants over the next four years to help them achieve commercial operation by 2017.
 
Asked if the loss of the hoped-for $46.7 million in DOE funding put the Aqua Ventus project at risk of folding, Jake Ward, UMaine's vice president for innovation and economic development, told Mainebiz, "Absolutely not."
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Maine's largest wind project developer secures $400 million for Aroostook County project
Maine's largest wind power developer says it has secured finances for a $400 million project in Aroostook County.
First Wind says the Oakfield project is expected to produce 148 megawatts of renewable energy, or enough for about 50,000 homes. It says construction, which is anticipated to support 300 jobs, is on schedule.
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Within a diverse array of innovation, Baxter Academy triumphs at the Wind Blade Challenge
The 6th annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge featured innovative approaches by middle and high school students that pushed the limits of wind blade designs. At the end of the day, Baxter Academy won the competition with a unique mechanical variable blade pitch design, Brunswick Region 10 Team 1 and Thornton Academy placed second and third out of 39 registered Teams.
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Students take on a ‘challenge’ at SMCC
Southern Maine Community College students partnered with middle and high school students from Bath, Freeport and Portland on Friday to make wind blades at SMCC’s Midcoast Campus on the former Brunswick Naval Air Station in preparation for the fifth annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge.High school teams work with composites professionals to perfect their products and give them a firsthand look at composite-manufacturing operations.
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WindSTAR I/UCRC Approved!
The National Science Foundation has approved the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Wind Energy, Science, Technology and Research (WindSTAR).
www.uml.edu/WindSTAR 
 
The University of Massachusetts Lowell and University of Texas at Dallas will lead this Center and are collaborating with Iowa State University, Southern Maine Community College, the Kid-Wind Project, and the Maine Wind Industry Initiative. 
 
This new multi-disciplinary Center will help support the wind industry using state-of-the-art capabilities and expertise, train students, and foster a community of industry networking and collaboration. 
The team is seeking companies who may be interested in becoming members of WindSTAR.
Read the full story
 
Maine AG to Probe Allegations Against Anti-Wind Group
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills will investigate allegations that two current board members of the group "Friends of Maine's Mountains" engaged in conflict of interest transactions and personally benefitted at the expense of the corporation.
 
The non-profit was formed in 2009 to oppose windpower development. According to a court order authorizing the investigation, two former board members raised allegations about Rand Stowell and Chris O'Neil in February.
 
ORPC Takes Another Step Forward with Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project
Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has submitted its second annual environmental monitoring report for the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
 
 
The report details environmental data collected during the operation of ORPC’s grid-connected TidGen® Power System in Maine and concludes that no known adverse impacts were evidenced by the project’s comprehensive environmental monitoring program in 2013.
Read the full story
 
Maine hears First Wind appeal
US developer First Wind faces an uphill battle with the proposed 48MW Bowers wind farm.
Maine environmental staff has recommended that regulators reaffirm denial of the 16-turbine scheme. First Wind is appealing a 2013 decision rejecting the project because it would compromise scenic views in the area.
The state Board of Environmental Protection is scheduled to vote on the appeal 1 May.
First Wind already cut the Bowers Mountain project from 27 turbines after it was denied by the now-defunct Land Use Planning Commission in 2011.
The developer proposes to employ either Siemens SWT-3.0-113 or Vestas V112 3MW turbines in the $100m scheme.
Another wind project, the 42MW Passadumkeag Mountain proposal by Quantum Utility Generation, was denied in 2012. However, the board overturned the decision in 2013.
Read the full story
 
An appreciation for great trails: What snowmobilers, wind developers have in common
It’s been an amazing season for snowmobiling in Maine, one of the best in the last two decades.
 
That has translated into more people on the trails, more people visiting the state and a big boost to the economy and tourism industries with an economic value of snowmobiling at $350 million annually.
 
In recent years, many Maine Snowmobile Association clubs have partnered with our growing wind energy industry to create news trails, attract new corporate sponsors and offer snowmobilers from Maine and beyond unique experiences as they ride through our state.
Read the full story
 
 
 
 
MOWII to collaborate with DWEA to launch Strategies for Manufacturers Advancing Research and Technology (SMART) Wind Consortium, craft technology Roadmap
 
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) announced that the Distributed Wind Energy Association was awarded a 2-year grant to form a consortium of distributed wind energy equipment manufacturers, suppliers, customers, and university researchers and develop a roadmap to identify common manufacturing gaps, prioritize actions to close these gaps, and foster rapid transfer of solutions. The Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative has been identified as a project collaborator and will be facilitating industry involvement in the Northeast.
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Benjamin
05/14/2014 - 12:05pm
MOWII to collaborate with DWEA to launch Strategies for Manufacturers Advancing Research and Technology (SMART) Wind Consortium, craft technology Roadmap

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) announced that the Distributed Wind Energy Association was awarded a 2-year grant to form a consortium of distributed wind energy equipment manufacturers, suppliers, customers, and university researchers and develop a roadmap to identify common manufacturing gaps, prioritize actions to close these gaps, and foster rapid transfer of solutions. The Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative has been identified as a project collaborator and will be facilitating industry involvement in the Northeast.

 

“Our vision is to leverage industry-academic dialogue to develop strategies to aid distributed wind industry growth and advance innovative manufacturing techniques by increasing production volumes and reducing lifecycle costs while maintaining high quality,”  said Jennifer Jenkins, Executive Director of DWEA.  “As both developing and industrialized nations seek to address climate and economic challenges, the U.S. distributed wind industry stands poised to provide cost-effective solutions and claim its share of a projected $2 trillion global market.”

 

“In order for the U.S. distributed wind industry to remain leaders in this important space, it is critical that we increase collaboration and improve product offerings through the advancement of technology while driving down component costs,” said Troy Patton of Northern Power Systems. “This new Consortium will allow us to share ideas and forge ahead as global leaders in the growing market of distributed wind.”

 

“I’m thrilled to be leading such an important effort to improve competitiveness and drive down costs of wind projects installed behind the meter,” said Heather Rhoads-Weaver of eFormative Options. “This project will bring together all the critical stakeholders in our industry to help U.S. distributed wind turbine and component manufacturers–and members of the entire value chain–maintain their edge in a growing global market.”

 

NIST has developed in interactive map showing initial SMART Wind project partners, which DWEA will update as the Consortium develops. http://www.nist.gov/amo/70nanb14h047.cfm      

 


Benjamin
05/14/2014 - 10:19am
Within a diverse array of innovation, Baxter Academy triumphs at the Wind Blade Challenge.

 

ORONO, Maine - The 6th annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge featured innovative approaches by middle and high school students that pushed the limits of wind blade designs. At the end of the day, Baxter Academy won the competition with a unique mechanical variable blade pitch design, Brunswick Region 10 Team 1 and Thornton Academy placed second and third out of 39 registered Teams.
 
The 2014 competition featured a number of other innovative approaches including an electric variable pitch system with an internal accelerometer developed by Freeport High School Students, spreadsheet tools created to compute best design sizes and specs, and teams using hub assemblies created with 3D printers.
 
The competition, held on May 2nd, was the culmination of a workforce development program that encourages exploration in innovative design, use of advanced materials, and renewable energy following STEM principles (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The challenge demands the use of academic learning applied to hands on challenges requiring real world solutions. Organized by the Maine Composites Alliance (MCA) and the Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII), the program provides advanced material kits, and also opportunities to visit and work with local composite manufacturers and institutes of higher learning. The competition was also supported by the University of Maine College of Engineering and the Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
 
During the competition sets of blades designed by the teams are testing for electrical output in a competitive setting. The teams must also make a presentation to explain their design and engineering processes to a panel of judges. Final scores are based on a combination of the generation output and presentation scores.
 
The electrical output test measure the electricity generated at wind speeds of approximately 15 MPH. Test last 2 minutes. During the first 30 seconds of the test the blades operate without any load, the next 30 seconds a load of 20 ohms in introduced by turning on a set of small lights within a model house. Additional sets of lights are turned on every 30 seconds increasing the workloads the blades must respond to, until the 2 minute time limit expires. The accumulative energy output is calculated from the test.
 
All elements of the event were designed to inspire creativity and innovation. Even the model house with the lights are modeled on the home the home of the character featured in the Dr. Seuss book, the Lorax, which warns of the consequences of not caring for our natural environment. The trophies for the event were created from of a technological advanced commercial scale wind blade section designed by General dynamics, built by TPI composites, and tested at the U-Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
 
The winning blades by the Baxter team used a novel approach with a mechanical system to vary the pitch of the blades. As the speeds of the blades increased the centrifugal forces drove a system that reduced the blade angle of pitch which reduced drag and increased the blades output. The Baxter Team also developed their own spreadsheet to help calculate the most efficient design specs for their blade. "It was worth the time to crunch the number to be sure we had the design right, before we rushed into making things," said Nick Landry of Baxter Academy
 
The 2014 competition include a diverse group of students, including teams of all woman, all men, mixed gender, advanced college prep students, and technology arts students. As a indication of the diversity, the top three teams represented a newly established charter school, a vocational technical school, and traditional private/public academy. Final results can be seen on the web at www.mainewindbladechallenge.com.
 
"This is an important workforce development program that introduces students to careers in growing technical fields with a high demand for good paying jobs," said Stephen Von Vogt of the Maine Composites Alliance. The opportunity to apply STEM principles to a real world challenge while working work with professional technicians creates unique career exploration opportunities for Maine youth.
 
Previous students from the competition have gone on to earn degrees at the University Of Maine College Of Engineering, Southern Maine Community College Composites Technician Program, Northern Maine Community College Wind Turbine Technician Program, and the Landing School Composite Boat Building Program. Past participants also now work professionally as engineers, composite technicians and wind turbine technicians in Maine.
 
 
 
 
 

Benjamin
05/13/2014 - 3:44pm
WindSTAR I/UCRC Approved!
The National Science Foundation has approved the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Wind Energy, Science, Technology and Research (WindSTAR).
 
The University of Massachusetts Lowell and University of Texas at Dallas will lead this Center and are collaborating with Iowa State University, Southern Maine Community College, the Kid-Wind Project, and the Maine Wind Industry Initiative. 
 
This new multi-disciplinary Center will help support the wind industry using state-of-the-art capabilities and expertise, train students, and foster a community of industry networking and collaboration. Between contributions from NSF, the Universities, and the initial Industry Members, the investment into this one-of-a-kind national Center will be more than $620k in the first year. This means that the membership fees for any single company will be leveraged approximately 15:1 from inception and will surely grow in the coming years.
 
The team is seeking companies who may be interested in becoming members of WindSTAR. If you would like to find out more, please contact:
 
Christopher Niezrecki, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Phone: 978-934-2963
 
Mario A. Rotea, Ph.D. 
The University of Texas at Dallas
Phone: 972-883-2720

 


Benjamin
05/13/2014 - 3:21pm
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for March-April 2014
Editor’s Note:
You will notice a lot of events pointing to a robust Northeast Wind Industry in this month’s newsletter. Increased market interest, transmission development, hope for the PTC and ITC, advanced technologies, and attempts to weaken wind siting laws defeated. The events of March have truly set us up for an exciting time of growth in the Northeast for coming years.
 
Northeast Wind Summit comes to Maine,
American Wind Power Association’s Northeast Regional Summit at the Marriott at Sable Oaks. It’s the second time in three years the trade group has come here, underscoring the value that participants say they get from the two-day sessions.
 
“Maine has some great wind resources,” said Lindsay North, of the Washington, D.C.-based trade group. “Lately, there’s been a lot of business happening. That’s why we’ve come back.”
 
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Market Research Report expects growth in Northeast Wind
 
The Northeast is expected to benefit from the installation of the nation's first offshore wind turbines. In addition, electricity costs in the Northeast are among the highest in the country, spurring the installation of renewable energy sources such as wind.
 
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Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative Partner in Winning Proposal to the DOE
Clean Energy Group and Sustainable Energy Advantage to operate U.S. Department of Energy’s Northeast Wind Resource Center to provide information for fact-based decision-making and increase literacy for offshore and land-based wind. The Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative will serve as a key liaison to the wind industry.
Read More
DOE’s announcement regarding the centers can be found at http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/filter_detail.asp?itemid=4144
 
 
Companies want to build multimillion-dollar power lines through Maine
 
Anbaric Transmission LLC said Monday it will submit plans to build its so-called Green Line project from the Canadian border overland to an undisclosed point on the Maine coast, where it would connect with Greater Boston by undersea cable. The high-voltage, direct-current line also would link major wind farms in Aroostook County that are under construction or being proposed.
 
Also jockeying for position is the Northeast Energy Link, a $2 billion project that aims to carry vast amounts of renewable power from northern and eastern Maine and Atlantic Canada to Massachusetts through underground cables along interstate highways.
 
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Senate Committee Passes Bill with Two-Year PTC Extension
 
Hope for a revival of the wind production tax credit (PTC) has been buoyed, as a two-year extension of the incentive has made its way into a newly passed Senate Finance Committee tax extenders bill. An earlier version of the bill, released by Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on Tuesday, did not include the PTC.
 
Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., had pushed for an amendment to add the PTC extension prior to a committee markup hearing on April 3. The bill also includes a two-year extension of the investment tax credit (ITC). Both incentives expired on Dec. 31, 2013, and the legislation would extend them through Dec. 31, 2015.
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Maine Legislature Rejects Governor's Attempt to Make Negative Changes to Wind Energy Law
 
Last week, both the Maine House and Senate voted down a governor-backed bill that would have required wind developers in the state to prove a proposed project's economic benefits, such as job creation and lower electricity prices, before receiving regulatory approval.
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In other legislative news, A Bipartisan Maine Senate voted down both LD 616 and 1323 by a vote of 21-14. Both bills could have added complexity to the wind siting process.
 
LD 616 An Act To Amend the Expedited Permitting Area for Wind Energy Development under the Jurisdiction of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission (defeated)
This bill amends unallocated language in Public Law 2007, chapter 661, "An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development," to remove Carrying Place Township, Concord Township, Highland Plantation, Lexington Township and Pleasant Ridge Plantation from the expedited permitting area for the purposes of that Act and directs the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to amend its rules accordingly.
 
LD 1323 An Act Regarding Wind Power Siting in the Unorganized Territory (defeated)
This bill provides that before the Department of Environmental Protection may approve a proposal for a grid-scale wind energy development in the unorganized or deorganized area of the State, the Maine Land Use Planning Commission must certify that the area where the development will be located has been zoned for planned development and removes a legislative finding regarding wind energy development in the unorganized and deorganized areas of the State.
 
 
 
Maine’s Full Delegation among 144 Congress Members Call For Wind PTC, ITC Extensions
 
Members from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have signed bipartisan letters urging their colleagues to act quickly and extend the wind energy production tax credit (PTC) and the investment tax credit (ITC).
 
Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Reps. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, headed the effort. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the letters call on Congress to encourage more private investment by stabilizing the U.S. industry and averting another falloff like 2013’s 92% drop in domestic wind power installations.
Read More
 
 
Letter to the Senate:
 
Wind Industry’s New Technologies Are Helping It Compete on Price
With new technology allowing developers to build taller machines spinning longer blades, the industry has been able to produce more power at lower cost by capturing the faster winds that blow at higher elevations. This has opened up new territories where the price of power from turbines built 300 feet to 400 feet above the ground can now compete with conventional sources like coal. Prices have fallen so low — in some cases to about 4 cents per kilowatt-hour — that utilities have been increasing the amount of wind energy they want to buy through long-term contracts, with regulators saying it is their cheapest option
 
And efforts to capture the wind could go even higher. In perhaps the most extreme example, a start-up called Altaeros Energies is preparing to introduce its first commercial pilot in Alaska of an airborne wind turbine it has been testing in Maine.
Read More

Benjamin
04/04/2014 - 10:41am
Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative Partner in Winning Proposal to the DOE

Clean Energy Group and Sustainable Energy Advantage to operate U.S. Department of Energy’s Northeast Wind Resource Center to provide information for fact-based decision-making and increase literacy for offshore and land-based wind. The Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative will serve as a key liaison to the wind industry.

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that Clean Energy Group (CEG), in collaboration with Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC, has been selected to develop and operate the Northeast Wind Resource Center, one of six regional wind energy resource centers to be established across the US. These resource centers will be tasked with providing accurate and unbiased education and outreach to stakeholders and decision makers about wind energy deployment in their respective regions.

The Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are creating the regional wind energy resource centers in response to the rapid growth of the wind energy sector in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue for wind projects of all sizes. Each resource center will work to ensure that wind energy develops in a way that best matches the unique opportunities of its geographic area.

The Northeast Wind Resource Center will address the need for interstate cooperation and will emphasize sharing of experiences and best practices. It will enable fact-based siting decisions driven by an inclusive process. It will serve the information needs of New England and New York in the case of land-based wind, and that same region plus the state of New Jersey for offshore wind. CEG will spearhead efforts around offshore wind, and SEA will focus on land-based wind.

“CEG is very pleased to be working with the Department of Energy and the northeast states on developing the Northeast Wind Resource Center,” said Lewis Milford, President of Clean Energy Group. “For our focus on offshore wind, we expect to work closely with state policymakers to ensure that the Center provides the information and analysis that they need to advance offshore wind in the Northeast in the best way possible.”

“Sustainable Energy Advantage looks forward to working with DOE, NREL, and stakeholders from across the region to making the Northeast Wind Resource Center a forum that will support effective decisions about land-based wind power, which is a growing contributor to our energy mix” said Deborah Donovan, Senior Consultant of SEA. “By providing credible, salient information, the Center will assist decision-makers and communities in New England, New York, and other northeast states who are engaged in siting decisions.”

The Center will incorporate the work of many other organizations in the region. The Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative will serve as a key liaison to the wind industry, and other organizations and public agencies will serve on a steering committee that will be set up in the coming months to guide the Center’s key activities.

DOE’s announcement regarding the centers can be found at http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/filter_detail.asp?itemid=4144

 


Benjamin
04/04/2014 - 9:27am
Maine Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for Feb-March 2014

Maine wind project wins support of conservation groups

The proposed Bingham wind power project in Somerset and Piscataquis counties won the support of Appalachian Trail conservation groups after a subsidiary of the company proposing the project created a $700,000 land conservation fund.
Read the Full Story
 
Cianbro, others push for renewal of offshore wind power tax credits
WASHINGTON — Businesses working to launch the first offshore wind energy facilities in U.S. waters urged Congress on Monday to renew tax credits they said are “absolutely critical” to kick-starting an industry that could bring significant numbers of jobs to Maine and other coastal states.
Read the Full Story
 
Wind project generates cash for on Maine town
First Wind said Tuesday that it has paid the town of Oakfield $600,000 as part of an agreement to build its wind power project there. The payment is the first of many that will be used to provide tax relief to area residents.
Read the Full Story
 
 
Town Meeting Shows Boost In Support For Vermont Wind Farm
Green Mountain Power notes that a recent Town Meeting vote in Lowell, Vt., showed increased support for its 63 MW Kingdom Community Wind plant, which began operating in 2012.
According to the company, 80% of the residents at the meeting favored the wind farm - 5% higher than when the town took its first vote on the project in 2010.
Read the Full Story
 
 
 
Need for energy projects spurred defeat of N.H. moratorium bill
The New Hampshire House's vote last week to reject the moratorium on wind projects and transmission lines was not a result of partisan politics, lawmakers say. Rep. Robert Backus, a Democrat, said the outcome was because of lawmakers "voting for new energy projects that our state needs." State Sen. Jeanie Forrester, a Republican, said that lawmakers appeared to vote based on geography, with those in the areas with more wind-energy activity favoring the moratorium.
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NH Advocate touts offshore wind energy bill
House Bill 1312, sponsored by Hampton Democrat Renny Cushing, seeks to establish a committee to study offshore wind energy development comprising three members of the House and three members of the Senate. Cushing said he hopes the formation of this committee would be a way to get the stakeholders together to see if the state could benefit from capturing wind energy at sea.
Read the Full Story
 

Benjamin
03/07/2014 - 12:01pm
Wrap up of Maine Wind and Ocean Energy News for Jan-Feb 2014

 Maine offshore wind project appears on track for federal funding

 A pilot offshore wind farm project in Maine has received a key approval from state utility regulators, opening the way for federal funding.
In a 2-1 vote Tuesday, the Maine Public Utilities Commission approved a term sheet for the 12-megawatt Maine Aqua Ventus project proposed by Maine Prime Technologies, a for-profit spinoff that represents the University of Maine and two general partners, Maine-based Cianbro Corp. and Emera Inc. of Nova Scotia, Canada.
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Offshore wind turbine stands up to gusts, waves
A scaled-down offshore wind turbine has withstood winter storms that included the equivalent of waves exceeding 70 feet, providing confidence that a full-scale version can handle the harshest weather that the North Atlantic can throw at it, the head of the University of Maine’s advanced composites center said Thursday.
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New Hampshire seeks to follow Maine’s offshore wind example
House Bill 1312, sponsored by Hampton Democrat Renny Cushing, seeks to establish a committee to study offshore wind energy development comprising three members of the House and three members of the Senate. Cushing said he hopes the formation of this committee would be a way to get the stakeholders together to see if the state could benefit from capturing wind energy at sea.
Doug Bogen, the executive director of the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League, pointed out that  the first phase of Maine's program, a pilot program of just 12 megawatts, would create as many as 341 jobs and trigger at least $120 million in investment.
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First Wind Marks Five-Year Anniversary  Of Stetson I Wind Project
First Wind has celebrated the fifth anniversary of successful commercial operations of its 57 MW Stetson I Wind project. Since it began commercial operations on Jan. 23, 2009, the first phase of the wind farm has produced enough energy to power an average of 21,400 Maine homes annually, the company notes.
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Review of Bingham wind project to resume this month
The review of a proposed 62-turbine wind farm that would be the largest in the state will resume this month when the Department of Environmental Protection seeks input from the public at the second of two required public meetings. The department also has completed a draft analysis of the project that states the project meets most requirements set by the state.
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•          (New England) Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE RPB) meeting held January 22-23
The NE RPB approved its revised regional ocean planning goals/objectives and accompanying draft work plan. The NE RPB solicited comments on this draft in advance of the meeting and comments received were added to a comment summary. Summary notes from the meeting will also be available shortly. Also, please see the newly updated web site http://neoceanplanning.org/ where you will find related information.
 
The Oceans conservancy provides this and other marine spatial planning updates:
Read the Full Update:
 
Just announced:
 pre-Summit workshops, led by AWEA's industry partners, exploring offshore developments and regional suppliers.
These Northeast-focused, interactive meet-ups -- in addition to the region's recent commitment to more than 865 MW of long-term power purchase agreements -- are just more reasons why you should join us for the AWEA Wind Energy Regional Summit - Northeast in Portland, ME on March 25-26.
Coupled with the Summit's compelling speaker line-up and educational programming, the workshops give you a unique and exclusive opportunity to participate in high-level, strategic discussion, or simply listen in and learn as experts in offshore wind discuss the current landscape and future growth of the industry.
Pre-Summit Workshop Details
•           The Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII) will host a Northeast Wind Supply Chain Workshop, serving as an interactive event for Northeast U.S. major wind developers, wind OEMs, and businesses interested in the wind energy market.
•           A consortium of companies led by Navigant Consulting will host a workshop as part of efforts to update its annual Offshore Wind Market and Economic Analysis Report. The discussion will include updates on market and technology trends as well as the latest on the offshore wind supply chain in the U.S. Read last year’s report.
Registration for all events and more information here.
 
 
 

Benjamin
02/05/2014 - 4:54pm
Mechanical Engineering Faculty Position open at U-Maine

 The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maine invites
applications for an academic-year tenure track position at the assistant professor level.
The position requires B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical, ocean, or marine
engineering, or closely related disciplines by date of hire. The successful applicant must
have a demonstrated background in a traditional mechanical engineering discipline, and
have a strong commitment to the university's teaching, research, and service missions.
Preference will be given to candidates who can make immediate contributions to an
emerging focus area in Ocean and Marine Engineering. Key areas of research are
expected to be one or more of the following areas: ocean and marine structures, marine
energy, marine acoustics and vibrations, aquaculture engineering, ocean environmental
modeling, measurement and control, robotic, and subsea engineering.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead research efforts that make
use of a unique multi-million dollar wind-wave facility, which is the centerpiece of a
focus area in offshore engineering that includes offshore wind energy, tidal energy, and
aquaculture facilities.
Responsibilities will include teaching core undergraduate and graduate courses in
mechanical engineering, establishing and maintaining an externally funded research
program, training M.S. and Ph.D. students, and actively engaging in service to the
profession, department, university, and state. To apply submit a resume, the names and
contact information of at least three references, and a statement of teaching and
research interests to: Chair, Search Committee, Department of Mechanical Engineering,
5711 Boardman Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5711. For inquiries please contact:
MEE.FacultySearch@maine.edu. Application review will begin on February 1.
Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


Benjamin
01/15/2014 - 2:59pm
News round up for December 2013-January 2014
Maine company wins $100 million offshore wind contract
Pittsfield-based Cianbro Corp. has won a contract worth more than $100 million to build an electrical service platform for an offshore wind farm in Massachusetts waters.
The steel platform, which will stand on the ocean floor and support an electrical substation, will be manufactured at Cianbro’s facility in Brewer, said Peter Vigue, Cianbro’s president and CEO. He said the company will also build the substation.
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Maine Wind Blade Challenge receives grant from Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable recently awarded a $3000 grant to the Maine Wind Blade Challenge in support of hands on STEM education and technical career exploration.
The Maine Wind Blade Challenge challenges Teams of Maine students to create and build the most efficient wind blade sets using advanced composite materials and manufacturing processes. The blade sets are then tested in a competitive setting.
The Maine wind Blade Challenge has been hosted in partnership by the Maine Composite Alliance, Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative and U-Maine since 2009.
Program funding has become pivotal for continuing the challenge in 2014 as past grants supporting the program have sunset. Maine Wind Blade Challenge has also secured support from The U-Maine School of Engineering, First Wind, SGC Engineering, and Sprague Energy. additional funding is required to continue the program If your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor please contact: wbc@mainecompositesalliance.org . For more information on the program visit http://mainewindbladechallenge.com/
 
First Wind Continues Community Outreach Program through DonorsChoose.org to Provide Assistance to Classroom Teachers
First Wind has once again partnered with teachers in local classrooms in the company’s host communities to make contributions toward local education projects. In May 2012, First Wind began a strategic partnership with DonorsChoose.org in order to enhance the value of the company’s financial contributions in host communities. After a successful partnership during its first year, First Wind extended the relationship in 2013 and increased its funding to $15,000.
As an example, First Wind donated funds toward a project to supply graphing calculators for a pre-calculus classroom in Mars Hill, Maine, which is near the Mars Hill project.
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Wind turbines, wildlife can coexist in Maine, report says
One of Maine’s top wildlife advocacy groups says there’s plenty of room in the state to accommodate animal habitat and wind energy development.
In a report released Wednesday night, Falmouth-based Maine Audubon found that of the 1.1 million acres in the state where there’s enough wind to justify turbines, 933,000 acres don’t overlap with sensitive natural areas and could be developed with little impact to Maine’s wildlife.
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First Wind Sells Power from Hancock Project to Mass Municipal Wholesale and Burlington Vt  Electric
 Under a 25-year, fixed-price contract, First Wind will sell nearly 75 percent of the power and capacity generated at the 51 MW wind farm to Massachusettes Municipal Wholesale Company, or MMWEC. First Wind will also sell 25% of the power and renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated at the 54 MW wind farm for the next 10 years under a fixed-price agreement to the Vermont utility.
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Environmental board rejects challenges to Hancock wind farm permits
Barring a challenge in the courts, the decision clears the way for construction of the 18-turbine wind farm in the unorganized Hancock County territories of T16 MD and T22 MD.
Read The Full Story

Benjamin
01/08/2014 - 10:54pm
Maine Company to build the first US Offshore Wind Electrical Service Platform

 Siemens and Cape Wind have signed a major contract in which Siemens will supply Cape Wind its industry-leading 3.6-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbines, an offshore Electric Service Platform (ESP) and a service agreement for the first 15 years of commercial operations

 
Siemens is subcontracting the manufacturing of the ESP to Cianbro to be fabricated in its facility in Brewer, Maine. The ESP was designed for Cianbro by Moffatt and Nichol Engineers of Norfolk, Virginia. The ESP will be located toward the center of the offshore wind farm site and it will transform the voltage of the electricity produced by the wind turbines.
Maine Senator Angus King welcomed this news, "I am very pleased that Cianbro, a Maine-based company and partner in UMaine's floating offshore wind project, will join forces with Siemens and Cape Wind of Massachusetts to produce the offshore substation for an industry-leading offshore wind farm. By helping to generate renewable energy, and by putting New Englanders to work in the process, projects like this will not only benefit our environment, but our economy as well."

Benjamin
12/23/2013 - 12:12pm
Maine Wind & Ocean Energy News Round up for Nov-Dec 2013

 Maine offshore wind project could create 340 jobs, $120 million in investment

Building the first phase of a floating wind-power project off Maine’s coast would create as many as 341 jobs and trigger at least $120 million in investment, with half of it going to Maine-based companies, according to a draft power-purchase contract to be filed Wednesday with the state.
 
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Moratorium on new wind energy projects in Jonesport defeated
JONESPORT, Maine — A divided gathering of voters for a special town meeting narrowly defeated a proposed temporary moratorium on new wind energy projects in the coastal fishing village Tuesday evening.
 
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Maine wind, Canadian hydro, natural gas: Are the stars aligning for a bright energy future in New England?
It’s the latest way of thinking about New England’s energy future: Each state has something the others need. Maine has wind resources and the space for turbines. Southern New England has the demand for renewable energy.
 
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Owner of 5 Maine wind farms refinances $385 million debt, says transaction reflects confidence in renewable energy market
After a false start earlier this year, Northeast Wind, the joint venture between First Wind and Halifax-based Emera that now owns five wind farms in Maine, has successfully refinanced its $385 million in debt.
“I think the transaction demonstrates there is a high level of confidence in First Wind, our operating projects in Maine and the Northeast, and in our joint venture with Emera,” Lamontagne wrote in an email to the Bangor Daily News.
 
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First Wind grows by aiming low
First Wind, just over a decade old, has prospered by following an unconventional strategy that often avoids towering ridgelines, instead building at lower elevations and taking advantage of technological advances that allow turbines to generate electricity at lower wind speeds.
 
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County Commissioners Look Into TIF For Proposed Wind Turbine Projects
County Commissioners met with attorney Erik Stumfell to learn more about the Tax Increment Financing law in the state of Maine on Monday. The reason they’re so curious, is because they’re looking into doing TIFs with a few proposed wind farm projects happening in the county – one in Oakfield, and the other at number nine mountain in unorganized territory just west of Bridgewater.
 
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Maine high court dismisses wind farm lawsuit
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has dismissed a lawsuit against a wind energy company over its northern Maine wind farm.
The supreme court last week upheld the decision by a lower court judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Michael Gosselin of Mars Hill against Boston-based First Wind.
 
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Report: Maine Benefiting from Wind Power
The report released by the group Environment Maine indicates that wind energy in Maine has prevented more than 534,000 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
 
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Nova Scotia drives industrial-scale tidal energy development with new feed-in tariff
 
Nova Scotia has taken another world-leading step in establishing a market for tidal energy with a feed-in-tariff (FIT) covering the first array power plants. The Bay of Fundy tides have long been an amazing prospect for energy generation, but with today’s decision by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, the business of making that energy a reality has been launched. The Nova Scotia Government is targeting a 15-20MW capacity for this phase of the industry development.
 
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Benjamin
12/05/2013 - 3:58pm
Maine Wind and Ocean Energy News Wrap up for Oct-Nov 2013
 
Offshore Wind Maine:
A lot has happened and been said in the last month regarding Maine offshore wind creating a lot of intrigue. The following articles provide a summary of where the state is currently in offshore development.
 
With Statoil's exit, wind industry looks to UMaine
    
Norwegian company Statoil's decision to abandon its $120 million offshore wind power project in Maine is a setback, renewable energy advocates say, but they still hope a strong offshore wind industry can be built in the state.
 
 
Maine Voices: Maine looks forward for offshore wind
There has been a lot said about the terminated Statoil Offshore Wind Project in past weeks with months of additional comment leading up to this period.
At this point we need to focus on the positive. We do have a local team developing some fantastic technology that could lead to a new energy-economy revolution.
 
Offshore wind consortium releases redacted proposal
The University of Maine-led offshore wind project, Maine Aqua Ventus I, has released hundreds of documents about the scope of its proposal to state regulators, but the questions of how much the project will cost and how much support it hopes to get from electricity ratepayers remain unanswered for now.
 
Maine University to hold public meetings on offshore wind transmission plan
University of Maine representatives will hold three separate public meetings next week in the towns of Bristol, Friendship and Port Clyde to discuss a power line that might pass through any of the towns before linking with a proposed floating wind farm off Monhegan Island. "We have several routes that are evolving, and we'll be showing them at those meetings," said Jake Ward, the university's vice president for innovation and economic development. http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/05/energy/umaine-to-meet-with-coastal-communities-about-offshore-wind-transmission-line-plans/
 
The Energy Subsidy Debate
Fossil fuel subsidies 'reckless use of public funds'
Coalition Demands An End To The Wind Production Tax Credit
 
Maine town residents vote in favor of wind project
Eolian Renewable Energy's planned wind project in Orland, Maine, is set to go ahead after residents voted in favor of the project. The 9-megawatt proposed wind energy facility on Whites Mountain is expected to generate enough electricity for about 2,700 homes.
 
ORPC Solutions Engaged for Resolute Marine Energy's Yakutat Wave Energy Project
Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) and Resolute
Marine Energy (RME) are pleased to announce that ORPC Solutions, ORPC’s wholly-owned services
subsidiary, will be providing project management and regulatory affairs services to RME's Yakutat
Wave Energy Project in Yakutat, Alaska.
                              
Maine wind farm power buy gets initial CT approval
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority tentatively approved the state's purchase of 250 megawatts of renewable power from a Maine wind farm and a Lisbon, Conn., solar array.
 

Benjamin
11/20/2013 - 5:24pm
Maine Ocean & Wind News Round up for September to October 213

 First Wind, Iberdrola, Exergy and EDP land contracts with Mass and Ct Utilities for over 500 MW of wind power from Maine and NH

One business day after last Friday’s announcement of renewable energy contracts in Connecticut, neighbor Massachusetts made a splash on Monday with news that the state’s largest utilities have signed power purchase agreements with a total of six wind farms from the three developers. Once again, the prices for the wind-generated electricity will come at prices that are highly competitive with the cost of other generation sources.
 
Wind farm developers First Wind, Iberdrola Renewables, and Exergy Development will provide wind-generated electricity to Massachusetts utilities under power purchase agreements announced this week.
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First Wind has donated $15,000 to the Friends of Bigrock, which was formed to support the Bigrock Mountain community ski area in Mars Hill, Maine.
 
First Wind Donates $15,000 To Support Host Community In Maine
First Wind built and operates the 42 MW Mars Hill Wind project. The wind farm, located on the same mountain as the ski area, was the company's first project to go online in Maine when it achieved commercial operations in March 2007.
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Passadumkeag wind developer withdraws tax-break request, expects to move forward with project
 
The developer planning to build a 14-turbine wind farm on Passadumkeag Mountain has withdrawn its request for a Tax Increment Financing deal with Penobscot County.
 
The developers have said the $79 million project will move forward, regardless of whether they receive tax incentives or not, according to Erik Stumpfel, an attorney who has helped the commission negotiate potential TIF deals.
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Maine Offshore Wind demo projects in waiting game
A lot has been written and speculated about the issues between the U-Maine and Statoil offshore wind demonstration projects. Both projects have proposals to the Me. PUC for a long term elevated Power purchase agreement. Currently the subsidy for that program is limited so it is unlikely that both projects will get contracts with the PUC. The PUC is expected to respond to the proposals by the end of the year.
Meanwhile both projects have qualified among 7 US projects to compete for US DOE funding that would provide $46 million in grants to 3 US projects. While the two Maine projects wait for responses from the Me. PUC they are preparing final proposals to the US DOE. During this waiting game Maine industry members are doing what they can to support both projects. It might be a tall order, but the best outcome hoped for would be to see both projects continue to full development in Maine waters.
 
First floating turbine seeks winds of change in U.S. (Reuters news video)
 
North America's first floating wind turbine, launched in May, is being hailed as a prototype for a future US offshore energy industry.
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IRS Provides Certainty For Wind Developers To Move Forward With PTC-Eligible Projects
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has moved to further spell out the requirements for wind developers to qualify for the production tax credit (PTC), including a solution to one of the program's most confusing aspects.
 
 
Maine's Bold Coast: tidal energy and mustard mill
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Japanese delegates visit UMaine, Eastport to learn about tidal energy
About a dozen delegates from Japan, including Kei Satoh, president of Hirosaki University in Aomori Prefecture, participated in the 2nd Marine Energy International Symposium at the University of Maine on Monday. They joined University of Maine and state officials, including U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and Patrick Woodcock, director of Gov. Paul LePage’s energy office, at the event.
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Japan hopes to blow ahead in renewables with floating wind farm
The renewable energy sector plays a key part in Japan’s growth strategy. Among options such as solar and geothermal, wind power may be the most suitable for Japan as it is surrounded by the ocean.
Japan’s answer is to create the world’s first wind farm off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture.
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Benjamin
10/02/2013 - 3:45pm
Me Wind & Ocean News Wrap up for August 2013

 

Ocean Renewable wins $5M in federal energy grants
Tidal energy company Ocean Renewable Power Co. of Portland won two Department of Energy grants of a total of 17 awards offered, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said yesterday.
The two grants, totaling nearly $5 million, will further help Ocean Renewable develop its TidGen Power System technology, company President Chris Sauer said in a press release.
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Hearing on Passadumkeag Mountain wind farm tax district set for Tuesday
 
A public hearing was held Aug. 20, on a proposed Tax Increment Financing District for a 14-turbine wind  project  to be built on Passadumkeag Mountain.
The project was approved Aug. 1 by the Maine Board of Environmental Protection.
The developers, Penobscot Forest and Passadumkeag Wind park last year sought a TIF from the county through Eastern Maine Development Corp. In July 2012, Penobscot County commissioners put off a decision on creating a TIF until the project had been given the go-ahead from the BEP.
If approved, the agreement between commissioners and developers would put an estimated $9.145 million into the county’s coffers over a 30-year period.
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They're Here! BOEM Report Corroborates Belief That Bats Frequent Offshore Environment
A recently released report for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), however, is helping the environmental research community get over that hump. The report shares the methodology and results from three years of detecting bats in offshore environments off the New England coast, revealing a somewhat surprising finding: bats are active offshore.
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Global Wind Energy Blows Away Outdated Expectations
 
Total wind energy capacity reached 280 gigawatts by the end of last year, when a record 44 gigawatts were installed worldwide….
Offshore wind is nothing new. The first turbines were installed in 1991 in Denmark. Up until recently, however, installation costs and capacity prices have stunted their growth across the globe. The first offshore floating wind turbine for the United States officially debuted earlier in June off the coast of Maine. The Castine offshore wind project will be operated by the University of Maine, and it will be used to design and implement better offshore turbines in the future.
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Maine’s Tidal Power Test Center Gaining Interest (USA)
 
Maine Maritime Academy’s Tidal Energy Demonstration and Evaluation Center (TEDEC) in Castine is becoming ever more interesting to overseas companies, which want to test their tidal power technology.
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New Study Debunks Myth That Wind Turbines Hurt U.S. Home Property Values
 
Despite what many anti-wind groups may claim, wind farms in the U.S. have no impact on nearby residential property values, according to a new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).
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Benjamin
09/10/2013 - 10:35am
Maine Ocean & Wind News Round Up for July 2013

 Nearly $1 million science grant to bolster wind energy research led by UMaine

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced Wednesday that the University of Maine — along with partners Maine Maritime Academy, Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory — have been awarded a $983,997 grant from the National Science Foundation. The funds will be used to design, develop and build a unique, multidirectional Wind-Wave generating system called W2 that will be able to simulate wave and wind conditions similar to those found in the Gulf of Maine and elsewhere.
 
First Wind Gets Green Light for Hancock County Wind Farm
The Department of Environmental Protection has given First Wind the green light to build an 18-turbine wind farm on two ridge tops in Hancock County. The 18-turbine wind farm will be built not far from the company's existing 19-turbine Bull Hill wind farm on ridge tops near the eastern Maine town of Aurora.  The Hancock project is expected to be tied into the Bull Hill farm, which went online in 2012.
To avoid killing birds with wind turbines, researches track flight patterns off Maine coast
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently begun using a combination of radio and satellite telemetry to trace seabird migration patterns and pinpoint crucial foraging and nesting areas. “What we’re trying to do is be more proactive and gather information to help identify areas that are really important to seabirds, then provide that to [wind power station] developers,” said USFWS biologist Linda Welch, who studies seabirds on the 58 islands of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. “We’re hoping we can find a place that will be good for wind development that will also not be harmful to seabirds.”
 
 
 
24MW on show in Maine
Maine developer Patriot Renewables proposes to build the eight-turbine Canton Mountain wind project in Oxford County. Patriot, an affiliate of civil and marine construction company Jay Cashman Inc., estimates the total cost of the ridgeline project to be $47m.
 
Wind power leader: Maine needs both offshore wind projects
Supporters of ocean wind power research for Maine say they hope two seemingly competing projects can both win government support to move forward, despite some political controversy.
 
Floating Wind Turbine Harvests Energy From Ocean Currents
Harnessing the power of the world’s oceans is one of the new frontiers for designers of renewable-energy generators, and now a Japanese company may be poised to make a breakthrough with a floating wind turbine that also harvests energy from ocean currents. SKWID (Savonius Keel & Wind Turbine Darrieus) from Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company (MODEC) promises to convert power from offshore winds, as well as from the ocean itself, into usable energy, according to the company.
DEP to hold public meeting July 24 on proposed 8-turbine Canton Mountain Wind project
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting on Wednesday, July 24, to receive comments and answer questions on its draft analysis for a proposed 8-turbine wind farm. The DEP will take the comments voiced at the second public meeting into consideration as its review moves forward before a final decision is issued on Canton Mountain Wind LLC’s $47 million project.

Benjamin
08/13/2013 - 2:43pm
Maine Wind News Round up for June to July 2013

 First Wind Proposes largest Wind Farm in New England for Maine

First Wind has submitted an application to build a wind farm north of Skowhegan. If approved, it would be New England's largest.
First Wind on May 10 submitted an application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to build a 62-turbine wind farm in Somerset and Piscataquis counties, according to David Fowler, First Wind's director of development for New England.
 
Maine Offshore Wind Legislation
New legislation makes offshore wind power eligible for loans from the Finance Authority of Maine. An amendment that was included during the legislative session is an effort to open opportunities for the University of Maine’s DeepCWind project to submit a proposal for a long term power purchase contract through the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
 
 
First Wind hosts ATV Ride-In at Rollins Project
First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, and the Penobscot Off Road Riders today co-hosted the first “Ride the Wind” ATV Ride-In at the Rollins Wind Project. The Ride-In brought together ATV enthusiasts from across the area to experience one of Maine’s wind projects up-close while enjoying the scenic beauty of the area.
 
President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming. In his major speech at Georgetown University, Obama warned Americans of the deep and disastrous effects of climate change, urging them to take action before it’s too late. Aspects of his plan will boost renewable energy production on federal lands, hoping to generate enough electricity from renewable projects such as wind and solar to power the equivalent of 6 million homes by 2020.
 
Westbrook maker of residential wind turbines moves to manufacturing facility
Pika Energy, the startup focused on manufacturing residential-scale wind turbines, recently reached a milestone, moving out of the basement in Gorham where the company was founded and into its own manufacturing facility in Westbrook. The company expects to bring its wind and wind-solar hybrid systems to market later this year.
 
UMaine’s VolturnUS First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine in US Waters
History was made Thursday in Castine Harbor when for the first time ever in the Americas, an offshore wind turbine provided electricity to the power grid after a University of Maine floating prototype was powered up. “This is a historic moment for the Americas,” said professor Habib Dagher, director of the university’s Advanced Structures & Composites Center, which designed and built the turbine with the assistance of Cianbro Corp. and dozens of other public and private partners.
 
 
 

Benjamin
07/01/2013 - 8:50am
Maine Offshore Wind Legislation
The Maine Legislature voted late Thursday night to override Governor LePage’s veto of a sweeping energy bill after amending a related bill, L.D. 1472 which makes offshore wind power eligible for loans from the Finance Authority of Maine. An amendment that was included during the legislative session is an effort to open opportunities for the University of Maine’s DeepCWind project to submit a proposal for a long term power purchase contract through the Maine Public Utilities Commission.  It is uncertain what kind of effect this many have on the Statoil project and their former contract with the Public Utilities Commission. The original Ocean Energy Act of 2009 intended for multiple technologies to be developed in Maine. MOWII is working with other parties in the state on efforts to allow all offshore wind projects to move forward.

Benjamin
06/28/2013 - 1:03pm
Ocean Planning & Policy News, June 2013

 

 
Congress
·         NEO Passes the Senate The Senate adopted the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by a decisive 68-31 vote. The bill includes the authorization of the creation of a National Endowment for the Oceans (NEO), which will provide not immediately provide funding for oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. However, it provides the structure for funding streams to be directed in the future toward research about and management of the oceans. WRDA also authorizes several Army Corps of Engineers projects, including restoration projects on the Gulf Coast.
State and Regional Planning
·         (New England) Northeast RPB Public Hearings The Northeast Regional Planning Body is holding a series of public meetings in May and June to solicit feedback on their draft regional ocean planning goals and associated potential actions. Meeting details and draft goals are available here. If you are not available to attend but would like to provide input, please do so by June 28, 2013 at the link above.
·         (MA) Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan Review: Public Meetings In January, on behalf of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), CZM initiated a process to review the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan according to the requirements of the 2008 Oceans Act. A draft review document that reports on progress made to date and opportunities for enhancement has been developed and reviewed by the Ocean Advisory Commission and Ocean Science Advisory Council. An upcoming series of meetings will serve as an initial venue to present the scope of proposed revisions to the plan. Meeting details are available on the Northeast Regional Ocean Planning Body website.
 
Fisheries
·         Fishermen travel to Europe to Learn about Ocean Planning A group of fishing community leaders from New England and Mid-Atlantic states traveled to England in March to learn how the British have approached marine spatial planning for wind power siting while preserving fisheries and marine habitats.  The travelers are now engaged in reporting the lessons learned from this trip to fishing communities in the US northeast.
Renewable Energy
·         (ME) UMaine unveils unique base for floating wind turbine that could provide glimpse into future The University of Maine unveiled the floating platform of VolturnUS, a one-of-a-kind offshore wind turbine that officials hope will shape the future of energy in Maine. The unit will be disassembled, trucked to Cianbro in Brewer, and put back together before the entire upright turbine is hauled down the Penobscot River to a spot off the coast of Castine. VolturnUS will be the first grid-connected floating wind turbine in North America and the first concrete-composite floating turbine in the world.
·         (Northeast) Interior to auction Atlantic Ocean lease in U.S. firsthttp://ads.eenews.net/b/ident.gif?b=141&r=jp9j45rx3q&a=10000&p=2The Interior Department announced that next month it will hold its first competitive lease sale for offshore wind in the Atlantic Ocean. The department on July 31 will auction the rights to develop two wind farms on more than 250 square miles off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, an area believed to contain nearly 3,500 megawatts of wind power.
·         (MA) As An Offshore Wind Hub, Can New Bedford Light The World Again?This month, the state began construction on a $100 million purpose-built port to transport offshore wind equipment to sea. New Bedford is anticipating that this will bring jobs and money into a long-struggling community.
·         (MA) High five off MassachusettsThe US National Renewable Energy Laboratory is investigating options for up to five leasing areas in the federal wind energy zone off Massachusetts. Officials are preparing a draft assessment due 13 June based on 5MW turbines and projects of at least 500MW and potentially up to 2000MW. Final recommendations to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are expected 20 July following consultations on the initial results. The work is part of preparations for competitive auctions for offshore wind development rights on the Massachusetts outer continental shelf. Up to 3000 turbines could in theory be accommodated in the area, according to presentations released as part of a BOEM teleconference this month.
·         (RI) Deepwater Wind agrees to run its cable underground in NarragansettStalled negotiations between town officials in Narragansett and Deepwater Wind, over the landing of a 21-mile cable that will connect Block Island to the mainland’s power grid, led to a change in the company’s proposal. The Narragansett Town Council voted unanimously to suspend negotiations with Deepwater Wind until June. Deepwater Wind announced that the company would revert to a plan that calls for the cable to run underground from its landing at the town beach to a switching station about a mile away.
 
Upcoming CMSP-Related Conferences and Events
 
·         Energy Ocean International, June 10-12, Providence, RI. For More Information
·         Commercial Marine Expo, June 12-13, Hampton, VA The Port of Hampton Roads is the largest port complex in the United States, encompassing Norfolk, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Commercial Marine Expo is the only B2B trade show representing this robust maritime marketplace. Click here to receive exhibitor or attendee information.
 
CMSP Resources
·         Ocean Conservancy’s CMSP web page includes basic information on the principles of CMSP as well as a list of relevant links.
·         NOAA’s website on CMSP includes news, meeting notices and resources such as maps and boundary information.
·         The National Ocean Council (NOC) website provides background on the National Ocean Policy. The NOC’s data portal provides access to Federal data to support ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes regional planning processes.
·         Regional ocean governance bodies have been established by the Governors to set coastal and ocean use, management, protection, and restoration priorities. The following regions have websites with further information.
·         New England Ocean Action Network’s (NEOAN) website NEOAN is comprised of individuals and organizations from the region’s environmental community, recreational interests, educational and research institutions, industry, clean energy field, and other ocean users, industries, and stakeholders. NEOAN supports, monitors, and comments on NROC's efforts to develop a comprehensive, region-wide ocean planning process and will advocate for the development of a plan. For information on how to join NEOAN, please visit the website.
·         Marine Spatial Planning Practitioners Guide  This guide describes the process Rhode Island went through to develop the Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) and strategies to achieve the goals of the SAMP. 
·         CMSP Fact sheets are available for the following states/regions by request:
o   Gulf of Mexico, Mid Atlantic, South Atlantic, New England, Washington, Hawaii and California
·         Maps of existing ocean uses are available for the following regions by request:
o   Mid Atlantic, Southeast Atlantic, Northern New England, Southern New England and Pacific
Did We Miss Anything?
Please let us know if you are aware of issues in your area that we have not included, if there are details we have missed or if there are topics on which you’d like to have more information.

Benjamin
06/26/2013 - 12:43pm
Maine Ocean & Wind News Wrap Up, May-June 2013
First US floating wind turbine launched in Maine- with a patented Maine design
The launching of America’s first floating wind turbine, which is also the world’s first composite/concrete platform and the world’s first composite ocean windmill tower, included a christening of VolturnUS with members of the DeepCWind Consortum, Maine’s Congressional Delegation and project director, Dr. Habib Dagher.

Watch the June 5th Webinar presentation of the VolturnUS floating wind project by Dr. Habib Dagher
Download Link Found on the MOWII Home Webpage: www.mainwwindindsutry.com
 
 
 
First Wind Proposes largest in New England for Maine
First Wind, the Boston-based company that operates five wind farms in Maine, has submitted an application to build a wind farm north of Skowhegan. If approved, it would be New England’s largest.
First Wind on May 10 submitted an application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to build a 62-turbine wind farm in Somerset and Piscataquis counties, according to David Fowler, First Wind’s director of development for New England.
 
ORPC Maine Tidal energy Project Makes the Cover of Popular Science
 
UMaine Deploys Floating LIDAR Technology
The University of Maine's (UMaine) Advanced Structures and Composites Center unveileda buoy-based floating LIDAR system to collect deepwater offshore hub height wind measurements in the Gulf of Maine.

Together with NRG Systems, AWS Truepower, UMaine's Physical Oceanography Group (PhOG) and Leosphere SAS, the university established a research and development partnership last October to gather deepwater hub-height wind and other metocean measurements in the Gulf of Maine. UMaine has designed a floating system to house a modified WINDCUBE Offshore LIDAR Remote Sensor, which has been adapted for a dynamic marine environment.
 
Global Floating Wind Technology Report Update Released
The May 2013 update of Main(e) International Consulting report ‘Floating Offshore Wind Foundations: Industry Consortia and Projects in the United States, Europe and Japan’ is now available.
The past 7 months since the September 2012 report update have been marked by multiple news releases and progress reports. The new version therefore includes many new images as well as updated information for the majority of projects and some new projects have also been added.
 
First Wind Awards 16 Scholarships In Six States
First Wind has announced that 16 scholarships have been awarded to college-bound students as part of the 2013 First Wind Scholars program. The awardees reside in communities where the company currently has a project in operation or an advanced stage of development. The 2013 recipients were selected from applicants and represented project host communities in Hawaii, Maine, New York, Utah, Vermont and Washington. A total of $65,000 in scholarships  will be committed, notes First Wind.
 
Camden Hills wind project lifts students to international competition in Sweden
Five students and two advisers from Camden Hills Regional High School will be flying to Sweden next week fueled by a wind power project that’s caught international attention.
The student group, known as the Windplanners, was selected as one of seven teams worldwide, and the only from the United States, to attend the Volvo Adventure Awards in Sweden.
“It’s definitely amazing to have the opportunity to not only represent your community, your school, your state and your country but to advocate for wind power and renewable energy,” said Camden Hills senior Eliot Grigo.
 
Maine Wind developers take proactive steps to insure fire safety.
On May 29th a fire safety meeting & exercise included First Wind, Vestas, First Responders from the Towns of Eastbrook, Hancock, Cherryfield, Aurora, Waltham, Osborn, and Franklin, Maine State Police, Hancock County  Sheriff’s office, Ambulance Service, Maine DEP, Maine Game Warden, Maine Forest Service and Washington County EMA.
Participants noted that while they take fire safety with wind projects seriously, wind projects present a small threat in regards to the many activities carried out in Maine’s North Woods and remote areas.
The Me DEP has expressed interest in reviewing wind turbine fire safety in response to the recent turbine fire at Kibby Mountain wind project. The fire was easily contained and did not threaten surrounding areas.
 
Fair winds for offshore wind farms
Despite economic and political uncertainties, weakening investments, grid connection issues and a dip in the U.S. onshore wind energy market, offshore wind around the world continues its momentum.
“We’ve got some challenges, including the need for floating turbines, costly grid connections and the current low wholesale price of power that we’re competing against,” reports Paul Williamson, director and industry coordinator of the Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII, Portland, Maine). “But, we’re confident that cost savings can come from a floating foundation concept.”
http://www.compositesworld.com/articles/%28618%29
 
Maine in Leadership Role at Energy Ocean International
The State of Maine will have another strong showing that the annual Energy Ocean International Conference to be held in Providence Rhode Island next week, June 10-12. Maine has developed a reputation of global leadership through this conference. The development of offshore wind and tidal technologies, plus the technical strength from Maine businesses has enhanced the state’s reputation as an industry leader.
 
For the third year in a row, the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative will organize a Maine Industry Pavilion at the conference. Within the pavilion 12 companies will be exhibiting: Pole Star Marine, Kenway Corp., RM Beaumont Corp., Cianbro, Reed& Reed, Maine Maritime Academy, SGC engineering, SMD/Blue Water Dynamos, Statoil, Maritime Applied Physics Corp., Custom Composites, Namandeau Associates.
 
Maine will also be heavily represented through industry expertise with technical presentations provided by: Jessica Jansujwicz, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maine; Tom Twist, Sustainability Officer, Chewonki Foundation; Paul Williamson, Director of the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative; Kathryn Williams, Wildlife and Renewable Energy Program Director, Briloon Biodiversity Research Institute; Suzanne MacDonald, Community Energy Director, Island Institute; James Monroe, Director of Products & Processes, Blue Water Dynamos.
 
For more information contact:
Paul Williamson,
Director and Industry Coordinator
Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative
PO Box 129
511 Congress Street
Portland, Maine, 04112
207-242-3521
 

 


Benjamin
06/07/2013 - 12:41pm
Maine in Leadership Role at Energy Ocean International
The State of Maine will have another strong showing that the annual Energy Ocean International Conference to be held in Providence Rhode Island next week, June 10-12. Maine has developed a reputation of global leadership through this conference. The development of offshore wind and tidal technologies, plus the technical strength from Maine businesses has enhanced the state’s reputation as an industry leader.
 
For the third year in a row, the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative will organize a Maine Industry Pavilion at the conference. Within the pavilion 12 companies will be exhibiting: Pole Star Marine, Kenway Corp., RM Beaumont Corp., Cianbro, Reed& Reed, Maine Maritime Academy, SGC engineering, SMD/Blue Water Dynamos, Statoil, Maritime Applied Physics Corp., Custom Composites, Namandeau Associates.
 
Maine will also be heavily represented through industry expertise with technical presentations provided by: Jessica Jansujwicz, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maine; Tom Twist, Sustainability Officer, Chewonki Foundation; Paul Williamson, Director of the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative; Kathryn Williams, Wildlife and Renewable Energy Program Director, Briloon Biodiversity Research Institute; Suzanne MacDonald, Community Energy Director, Island Institute; James Monroe, Director of Products & Processes, Blue Water Dynamos.

Benjamin
06/07/2013 - 12:13pm
Maine Wind Developers Take Proactive Steps for fire Safety
·         On May 29th 2013 there was a Bull Hill Windfarm Tabletop Exercise sponsored by Jeremy Damren, State Exercise Coordinator & State Citizen Corps Coordinator for the Maine Emergency Management Agency, Dept. of Defense
·         The meeting was hosted by Andrew Doak of First Wind and Chris Baldwin of Vestas
·         The meeting was presented by Andrew Sankey, Director, Hancock County Emergency Management Agency
·         There were 34 attendees that included First Responders from the Towns of Eastbrook, Hancock, Cherryfield, Aurora, Waltham, Osborn, and Franklin. Other attendees included Maine State Police, Hancock County  Sheriff’s office, Ambulance Service, Maine DEP, Maine Game Warden, Maine Forest Service and Washington County EMA
·         The purpose of the exercise was to provide participants an opportunity to evaluate current response concepts, plans, and capabilities for an incident at the Bull Hill Wind Farm Facility
·         The scope of the meeting was to emphasize the role of the Hancock County Emergency Response Agencies, its Mutual Aid Partners, and supporting agencies as well as First Wind and Vestas employees in response to different emergency scenarios at the wind farm facility
·         Topics covered include Resources and guidance to address hazardous materials, acts of terrorism, natural disasters, fire, and public safety
·         Two separate incident scenarios, first was personal injury and second was turbine fire, were discussed and questions were raised that included how to respond, who to respond to, response time and plan of action
o   The Scenario regarding personnel injury involved extracting an unresponsive victim from inside a wind turbines. A variety of topics were discussed with the Agencies, including call procedures, response time, site access locations, mutual aid and expectations of Firstwind, Vestas and First Responders during the scenario
o   Scenario #2 included discussing in detail the coordination of a fire event. A scenarios of a fire that has started outside the facility and approaching the facility was discussed as well as a fire that has started within the facility and the expectations of Firstwind, Vestas and Emergency agencies. Both these incidents were discussed if they were to take place during normal working hours or after normal working our. In detail, the following was discussed: How initial notification of a fire is to be make, who is called and dispatched from emergency agencies, communication between Firstwind, Vestas and emergency agencies during the fire, expectations of all parties during the fire, proper reporting to the Maine Forest Service for site related fires, communication to Firstwind remote operations center after hours and as an additional resource to add in response and communication during a fire. Site, Emergency personnel and public safety were considered a top priority during a fire, protection of natural resources and spreading of a fire in and around the facility were stresses as equally important. The Maine Forest Service was extremely pleased to be part of the scenarios as well as supported the overall communication and coordination that would take place in such an event.
·         Follow up includes an after action report by the sponsor and a mock drill to be scheduled in the fall

Benjamin
06/06/2013 - 9:16pm
Global Floating Wind Technology Report Update Released

The May 2013 update of Main(e) International Consulting report ‘Floating Offshore Wind Foundations: Industry Consortia and Projects in the United States, Europe and Japan’ is now available and can be downloaded at

 
The past 7 months since the September 2012 report update have been marked by multiple news releases and progress reports. The new version therefore includes many new images as well as updated information for the majority of projects and some new projects have also been added.
Floating foundations are getting increasing attention within and outside the wind industry. The future of offshore wind is ‘definitely afloat’, according to attendees of the HUSUM 2012 Wind Energy trade fair. A poll conducted by GL Garrad Hassan showed 62% of participants thinking that floating wind turbines will take the lead over conventional turbine foundations within the next 20 years, according to the official press release by Husum Wind. By contrast, only 38% said that conventional structures would not be replaced by new floating technologies within the next two decades.
In November 2012 the U.S. Department of Energy announced $168 million funding for initially 7 Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration projects. 3 of these 7 projects involve floating foundations and highlight the U.S. Government’s focus on this technology. Eventually only 3 of the 7 projects will receive funding to full installation but the floating projects have as good a chance to be part of this as any conventional foundation project.
In February 2013 Japan hosted the Tokyo Smart Energy Week Exhibition and Conference; this time with participation of the wind power industry, a first for this event. Attendance was good and also gave insight into Japan’s Fukushima Floating Offshore Demonstration Project as well as a new project by MODEC, scheduled for a pilot plant in Fall 2013. The first 2 Fukushima demonstrator installations of 1 floating substation and a 2MW semisubmersible are also scheduled for Fall 2013.  In addition, this summer a consortium will install a full scale floating spar off Kabashima Island in Japan. These will be the world’s 3rd full scale floating offshore wind turbine, followed by 2 additional full scale structures and the world’s first floating substation. These projects send the message that Japan has moved into the ranks of the floating offshore leaders.
Europe also shows new momentum, especially UK and Scotland as well as Spain and France. In April 2013 Scotland unveiled a £15m plan for deep-water wind energy development. The Crown Estate plans to develop a floating offshore demonstration project in water depths of ca. 100 meters off Scotland’s west coast. The objective is to have commercially viable technology available by 2020. US technology developers also benefit from UK funding. Principle Power is receiving a development award from the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. Glosten Associates’ PelaStar TLP has been selected by ETI for a front end engineering design study. Across the channel French developers such as Nass et Wind are moving forward with their full scale pilot plans. In Spain, Iberdrola together with Gamesa and Acciona are going ahead with their developments. All in all the year 2014 looks like it might become a boom year for various European full scale launches if projects stay on track. So whoever still likes to refer to floating offshore wind technology as ‘niche’ and a long way off may want to reconsider this statement.
The ongoing monitoring and the creation of this overview is solely funded by Main(e) International Consulting LLC and is available at no cost to the interested reader. The images and information on the different projects have been obtained from the official project websites or the media sources as listed. Summarized tables and background info have been compiled by Main(e) International Consulting LLC. Copyright of the floating projects overview table on page 6 belongs to Main(e) International Consulting LLC.
The purpose of this report is to present the growing number of floating foundation projects around the world and by doing so, to highlight the growing global demand and market place. It is not intended to evaluate or rank the various technologies. Therefore in most cases the actual description as well as the data as published by the developers has been used.
The presented technology developers offer different levels of information on their projects and this is the reason why there is not the same amount of information available for each design. In some cases media reports have been used to add information. Non-English language information, especially on the Japanese projects, has been translated and summarized.
Input and updates to the report are welcome and much appreciated.

Benjamin
06/06/2013 - 4:22pm
Maine Wind News Round up for April-May 2013
UMaine unveils unique base for floating wind turbine that could provide glimpse into future
 
The University of Maine unveiled the floating platform of VolturnUS, a one-of-a-kind offshore wind turbine that officials hope will shape the future of energy in Maine, during a ceremony Wednesday.
Later this month, the unit will be disassembled, trucked to Cianbro in Brewer, and put back together before the entire upright turbine is hauled down the Penobscot River to a spot off the coast of Castine. VolturnUS will be the first grid-connected floating wind turbine in North America and the first concrete-composite floating turbine in the world, according to Habib Dagher, director of the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
 
 
Progress Report: Seven US Offshore Wind Demonstration Projects
Ahead of the AWEA Windpower event in Chicago, a Webinar from the Department of Energy (DoE) provided an update on the potential for offshore wind energy in the U.S. with a state-by-state progress report, as well as seven DoE-backed demonstration projects preparing to explore various types of technologies to simplify the costs and efficiency of offshore-generated wind energy.
Out of a calculated 4,150 GW of offshore wind energy resource potential, the DoE's Wind Powering America initiative aims to achieve 54 GW by 2030, translating to roughly 10,000 offshore turbines averaging at least 5 MW each, and roughly 4 percent of the nation's electricity capacity, explained Greg Matzat, senior advisor for the DOE's offshore wind office of wind and water power technologies. That could also support several hundred thousand jobs in the supply chain and revitalize ports and heavy industries, he added.
 
5th Annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge Results
After 6 months of research, design and manufacturing hundreds of Maine students and teachers from 52 teams brought their wind blade creations to University of Maine to compete in Wind Blade Challenge.
 
Each team worked with teachers and a composite partner to design and manufacture their unique designs. Paul Williamson, Director of Maine Wind Industry Initiative, “the goal of the event is to inspire students’ exploration of alternative energy and composites materials through STEM education. Every year we are impressed with what the students come up with.”
 
Richard Jennings: Health effects of wind towers hyped by media
 
Several recent studies might explain what's going on here. One of them, published in Health Psychology, found that the power of suggestion can induce symptoms associated with wind turbine syndrome.
 
Further study, as demanded by opponents of wind, will appropriately continue, and will take time. Given, however, the well-documented and peer-reviewed evidence thus far, there is no medical contraindication to wind power and, given the crisis of our unstable climate, there is no time for further delay
 
 
Maine Exhibits Leadership in Wind Energy
The Maine Wind Industry Pavilion exhibited with seven Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII) Companies at the American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER conference last week in Chicago. Exhibiting companies included Reed & Reed, Delorme, James W. Sewall Co.,  SGC Engineering, Sprague Energy, The Maine Port Authority and The Maine Composites Alliance
The Maine companies exhibited their capabilities to potential clients, The Pavilion hosted a meet and greet industry reception at the booth on the show floor, and MOWII presented Maine’s development of onshore and offshore technologies to an international investment audience.
"Maine continues to demonstrate high-caliber wind energy capabilities at national and international conventions and has become a serious wind power supply chain resource," explains MOWII Director and Industry Coordinator Paul Williamson. "In fact, Maine hosts a large majority of the wind projects in New England and has received US DOE funding for 2 offshore floating wind demonstration projects."
 
Marine Spatial Planning
On April 12 and 13, the second meeting of the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) was held in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  Major accomplishments from the second meeting included:
 
•              Development of and agreed upon draft goals reflecting tribal, state, federal, and NEFMC priorities around themes of: 1) healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems, 2) compatibility among past, current and future uses, and 3) effective decision making.
•              Operational outcomes - approved charter and 3 year planning timeline. 
•              Affirmed importance of stakeholder engagement with an approved engagement strategy and formation of a working group who will meet over the next month to define options for meaningful and effective participation. 
•              A strengthened working relationship of all RPB members and full participation from all 10 federally recognized tribes.
•              Refined and more frequent public comment opportunities.
 
Outcomes from these discussions including a set of draft goals, the approved charter and planning timeline, along with a meeting summary, video, and public comment transcript are available on the RPB meeting page.
 
At the meeting, updates were also provided for ongoing efforts to engage with marine industry representatives from energy, aquaculture, and maritime commerce sectors as well as work to characterize patterns of activities like commercial fishing and recreational boating.  Throughout the two-day meeting, there were several opportunities for public input, and the Northeast RPB heard from a number of stakeholders and interested parties.
 
Public meetings are being planned for May and June as an important next step to review draft goals and present maps and recent engagement workshop feedback and discussion.  More information on these upcoming workshops will be available on the RPB meeting page.
 
 
 

Benjamin
05/13/2013 - 1:45pm
5th Annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge Results
 
Orono- After 6 months of research, design and manufacturing hundreds of Maine students and teachers brought their wind blade creations to University of Maine to compete in Wind Blade Challenge.
 
Each team worked with teachers and a composite partner to design and manufacture their unique designs. Paul Williamson, Director of Maine Wind Industry Initiative, “the goal of the event is to inspire students’ exploration of alternative energy and composites materials through STEM education. Every year we are impressed with what the students come up with.”
 
Wind was blown on each design as spectators watched to see how much wind was generated and students presented their designs to industry judges; the combined scores determined the winners.
 
The competition was tough with teams producing as much as 27 volts of electricity with their blades. Surprisingly, a first year participants Freeport High School, had two teams in the top three. Jon Armory, Freeport teacher described the experience, “It is a wonderful event, and my students learned so much. One thing I really appreciated was letting students retry their blades after the trails, even though they did count for points.  This made the whole event a learning experience were students could play and experiment.”
The event, put on by the Maine Composites Alliance and Maine Wind Industry Initiative, is a collaborative effort connecting industry with high school students. Seventeen composite companies including the Advanced Structures & Composites Center, Kenway and Harbor Technologies worked with students to manufacture their blades in preparation for the challenge.


 
See the complete results below:
1st place- Freeport Team 2
 
2nd place- Easton High School
 
3rd place- Freeport High School
 
Peoples Choice- Foster Technology Center located at Mount Blue High School
 
Teacher of the year- Dan Lemieux from Spruce Mt. High in Jay
 
Composite Partner of the year- Southern Maine Community College Andrew Schoenberg
 
for more on Maine Wind Blade Challenge: 2013 MWC Winners

Benjamin
05/10/2013 - 1:07pm
Monthly news wrap up March- April 2013
United States Senator Angus King to Address the 6th Annual Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference
On January 3, 2013, Angus S. King, Jr. was sworn in as Maine's first Independent United States Senator.
Senator King joins a long line of independent leaders from the State of Maine. He is a steadfast believer in the need for greater bipartisan dialogue and relationship building among legislators.
 
 
Maine regulators OK Passadumkeag Ridge wind farm
The board's 5-1 vote Thursday reverses last November's decision by the Department of Environmental Protection to deny a permit for the 42-megawatt wind farm. It means Quantum Utility Generation can move forward with construction once DEP writes the permit.
 
Construction company gets award for Maine tidal energy project work
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) awarded CPM Constructors with a 2013 Build America Award for New Municipal & Utility Construction at AGC’s 94th annual Convention in Palm Springs, Calif., on March 7. CPM won for its construction of the first phase of Ocean Renewable Power Co.’s (ORPC’s) Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project in Lubec and Eastport, the first commercial, grid-connected tidal energy project to be built in the United States.
 
UMaine offshore wind team engaged in international race to use lasers to gauge ocean wind speeds
 The University of Maine is in the midst of an international race to develop a new system to measuring winds high above the oceans and advance the push for offshore wind power.
 
UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center is working on a buoy-based light detection and ranging system, or LiDAR, which it hopes to deploy in the Gulf of Maine by late May or early June, according the center’s director, Habib Dagher.
 
Sen. Collins Renews Push For Offshore Wind Energy, Investment Tax Credit
Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Tom Carper, D-Del.,  have reintroduced the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, which would provide financial incentives for investments in offshore wind energy.
 
The legislation provides a 30% investment tax credit (ITC) for the first 3 GW of U.S. offshore wind projects. Once awarded a tax credit, companies have five years to install the offshore wind facility. Companies cannot receive other tax credits in addition to the offshore wind ITC.
 
New England states consider buying power from renewable sources
New England states are considering establishing a market for renewable energy in an effort to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Establishing a New England market to buy renewable energy seemed a laudable goal when governors committed last year to bulk purchases of wind and solar power to knock down the price while reducing the region's reliance on fossil fuels.
 
Study predicts looming workforce shortage in the energy industry
The U.S. energy sector, including the wind industry, may experience a serious shortage in skilled workers over the next five years if the industry does nothing to train younger workers who could replace retiring baby boomers, a new study by the nonprofit group National Research Council found. The council recommends several actions to address this scenario such as conducting efforts to change perceptions about the energy sector to lure younger workers to join the industry. "Unless this is corrected, the nation risks losing its capacity to provide new science and engineering professionals for the workforce," according to the report.
 

Benjamin
04/11/2013 - 8:31am
Maine Wind Industry Initiative is now the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII)

Maine Wind Industry Initiative is now the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII)

This January a development committee was named to review the efforts provided by the Maine Wind Industry Initiative and ensure the organization continued to provide the best services possible. The first recommendation of the committee was to change the name of the organization to the Maine Ocean & WindIndustry Initiative. This name reflects the continued work to promote the development and supply chain of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy as well as the continued work related to onshore wind.
 
The organization was founded in 2008 with a specific charge to identify and promote the wind energy supply chain in Maine. During the initial stages of the supply chain identification work we realized that much of the same industry sectors were also required to service tidal, wave and offshore wind energy development.
 
As a result, MWII has already been working in ocean and wind energy. The Development committee decided it was time to alter the name to better reflect the organizations activities. The new name will be altered on all of our web and print materials over the coming months.  The committee also updated the mission statement to read:
The Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII) represents companies’ expertise within the Maine ocean and wind energy supply chain, works proactively to promote the expertise of member companies, and provides solutions to local, national, and international market participants. 
Any questions or comments may be directed to Paul Williamson at: pw@mainewindindustry.com

Benjamin
03/07/2013 - 9:28am
Maine Wind and Ocean Energy News Wrap up, January to February, 2013

UMaine, MMA set to deploy prototype floating wind turbine in Castine

 Starting this spring, Castine Harbor will be the temporary home to cutting-edge wind energy technology created here in Maine.

A one-eighth scale prototype of a floating deep-sea wind turbine developed at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine will be placed in the harbor, just off Dyce Head, sometime in April. This will be the first operating offshore wind turbine in the US generating electricity for the grid.

The floating turbine tower has a total height of 57 feet, according to documents from the U.S. Department of Energy. Its floating radius will leave it 500 to 1,000 feet west of Dyce Head, attached to three mooring lines and anchored in 100-foot-deep water.

Read the Full Story at this link:

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/01/30/news/hancock/umaine-mma-set-to-deploy-prototype-floating-wind-turbine-in-castine/

 

Pioneering Maine offshore wind project passes 'biggest hurdle'

The utilities agency OKs contract terms for a $120 million floating turbine test off Maine.

Maine's Public Utilities Commission has approved the terms of a project proposal by a Norwegian energy giant that could make Maine a global leader in research and development of offshore wind power.

The four floating wind turbines Norwegian energy company Statoil wants to site 12 miles off Boothbay Harbor would look similar to the Hywind test turbine, now producing power off the coast of Norway.

Read the Full Story at this link:

http://www.pressherald.com/news/PUC-approves-maine-statoil-wind-turbine-offshore-deepwater.html?searchterm=statoil

 

First Wind Gambles On PTC Extension - And Wins

Faced with the prospect of being saddled with wind energy assets unable to be financed, many wind developers abruptly halted projects that could not be completed in time to qualify for the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), which was slated to expire at the end of last year.

However, in looking over its portfolio, Boston-based developer First Wind realized that several of its projects were in the latter stages of development and were too important to merely be put on hold, explains Matt Kearns, First Wind's vice president of development.

Read the Full Story at this link:

http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.10971#.URqjn2f3Sb5

 

 GE software to boost two Maine wind farms

GE will install its WindCONTROL advanced software to help maximize energy output at two First Wind projects in Maine that feature a total of 95 GE wind turbines.

The GE technology will regulate curtailment by monitoring and controlling the wind turbines' ramp rates, effectively easing power spikes and putting less strain on the turbine compared to constant starts and stops.

The two Maine-based wind farms that will be upgraded with GE's WindCONTROL technology are located in Rollins and Stetson. The Rollins site has 40 GE 1.5-77 turbines while Stetson contains 55 1.5-77 turbines. Both projects were developed by First Wind.

Read the Full Story at this link:

http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/elp/2013/01/ge-software-to-boost-two-maine-wind-farms.html

 

Sewall and RC&A Sign Teaming Agreement for Aerial Imagery and LiDAR.

RC&A to focus on data acquisition; Sewall on downstream processing and analysis

(Old Town, Maine—15 January 2013).  Sewall and its long-term aerial subcontractor Richard Crouse & Associates, Inc. (RC&A), have entered into a teaming agreement to expand mutual capabilities, services and client base in aerial image and LiDAR data acquisition.

Under the terms of the agreement, RC&A will lease Sewall’s aircraft and associated aerial equipment, positioning the firm to provide faster mobilization across a broader geography to both Sewall and its existing clientele.

Read the Full Story at this link:

http://www.mainewindindustry.com/node/4598

 


Benjamin
02/12/2013 - 5:14pm
Sewall and RC&A Sign Teaming Agreement for Aerial Imagery and LiDAR.

 RC&A to focus on data acquisition; Sewall on downstream processing and analysis

 
(Old Town, Maine—15 January 2013).  Sewall and its long-term aerial subcontractor Richard Crouse & Associates, Inc. (RC&A), have entered into a teaming agreement to expand mutual capabilities, services and client base in aerial image and LiDAR data acquisition.
 
Under the terms of the agreement, RC&A will lease Sewall’s aircraft and associated aerial equipment, positioning the firm to provide faster mobilization across a broader geography to both Sewall and its existing clientele. The agreement positions Sewall to offer clients enhanced services in digital imagery and LiDAR acquisition and a wider range of downstream services in LiDAR processing and analysis—engineering-scale mapping for site design, canopy heights assessment for forest harvest scheduling, and ROW feature classification for powerline, road and rail-line management.
 
According to David Edson, Sewall CEO/President, “The agreement aligns the companies in a complementary relationship that promotes individual business strengths. RCA will focus on the delivery of geospatial data commodities; Sewall will focus on consulting—developing data, applications, and integrated systems to meet client needs. Together, Sewall and RCA will provide a total offering that will create greater customer value in the marketplace.”
 
The offering combines a range of digital camera systems, sensors, and fixed wing and helicopter aircraft, which will now operate out of three facilities in Maine, Maryland, and South Carolina.
 
RC&A President Richard Crouse says, “The benefits of our teaming arrangement are mutual and long term, enabling RC&A to stay current with the technology, and Sewall to deliver industry-standard solutions based on the technology. It strategically positions both firms for the future.”
 
About Richard Crouse & Associates (RC&A): Founded in 1990, RC&A is a professional aerial photographic and LiDAR acquisition services company with an excellent track record of quality work for mapping and engineering firms and for government clients. For information, please visit www.richardcrouse.com or contact: Cassandra Crouse, at 301-846-4865; ccrouse@richardcrouse.com
 
About Sewall: Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international professional consulting organization specializing in energy, infrastructure and natural resources. The company’s diverse portfolio is based on 132 years' experience in surveying, forest appraisal and civil engineering; 60 years' in aerial mapping; and 30 years' in GIS and application development. For information, please visit www.sewall.com or contact: Lisa Schoonmaker, at 207-827-4456; schl@sewall.com

Benjamin
02/12/2013 - 4:23pm
December 2012-January 2013 Monthly News Round Up

 Wind energy tax credit extended in fiscal cliff deal

The wind may be cold of late in Maine, but it has been blowing favorably from Washington, D.C. for wind energy proponents.
In Tuesday’s fiscal cliff agreement, Congress extended the controversial wind energy tax credit, considered crucial to the struggling wind industry, for one more year.
“The combined events in the recent months creates a positive atmosphere that will foster continued development of the wind and ocean energy markets in Maine adding economic growth and job creation for Maine companies,”
 
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) made the announcement to its members in a letter stating: Importantly, the version of the PTC and ITC extension included in today’s legislation would cover….
 
Statoil and University of Maine get millions in DOE wind energy grants
Two Maine offshore wind energy pilot projects were among the seven awarded up to $4 million in federal grants for engineering, design and permitting by the U.S. Department of Energy December 13. 
The announcement is a boon for offshore wind research and development off Maine’s coast and could lead to further investment in Maine’s offshore wind industry. 
The Maine project recipients include the international energy giant Statoil and the University of Maine at Orono
 
Statoil gets US consent to submit Hywind Maine offshore plan
The US Interior Department (DOI) is moving ahead to process an application from a Statoil subsidiary for a commercial wind energy lease in federal waters off Maine, after finding there is no competitive interest from other developers in the proposed area.
 
New Road Maps Available for Ocean Wind, Tidal and Wave Energy Projects
Following last week's U.S. Department of Energy awards to two Maine offshore wind engineering, site evaluation and planning projects, the Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII), the Maine Composites Alliance (MCA), and Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) today released two comprehensive permitting and regulatory road maps for developers of offshore wind, wave and tidal projects in Maine.
The Roadmaps can be found and downloaded from the MWII Homepage at: www.mainewindindustry.com
 
 
The first meeting of the Northeast Regional Ocean Planning Body (RPB) was held in Portland, Maine Nove 19 & 20th.
 The Northeast RPB is charged with leading the process to develop regional ocean plans that build upon existing governmental authorities and planning processes to improve management, siting, and regulatory decisions affecting coastal and ocean resources and uses.
 
 
Maine wind power inches toward generation goals
Wind power generated in Maine is now producing nearly 500 megawatts, enough to supply the average needs of 175,000 households. However, it's still well short of the state's goal for wind generation by 2015.
But new projects that are in conceptual stages, under regulatory review or approved but facing challenges could catapult the state to half of its wind-power goal of 2,000 megawatts by 2015. The Legislature has set that goal for installed wind power capacity, along with 3,000 megawatts by 2020.
 
DEP plans public hearing for Bowers Mountain wind proposal
CARROLL PLANTATION, Maine — The state’s top environmental agency will hold a public hearing to help determine whether to permit an industrial wind site proposed for Bowers Mountain, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
 
Maine town to hold special meeting on wind transmission plan
Selectmen in Parkman, Maine, agreed to hold a special town meeting on Feb. 2 to discuss First Wind's proposal to build a transmission line corridor that would carry power from its wind turbines in Somerset County to Central Maine Power's substation in Parkman. If the town signs off on the plan, First Wind and Parkman would proceed toward establishing a community benefits package that would allow the town to receive $20,000 annually for 20 years from the company.
 
Sewall Opens Office in Portland, Maine
Regional base to offer expanded engineering, natural resource, and GIS consulting services
(Old Town, Maine—12 December 2012).  Sewall has opened a new office in Portland, Maine, to provide engineering, natural resource and GIS consulting services to clients in southern Maine and central New England.

Benjamin
01/03/2013 - 3:27pm
Sewall Opens Office in Portland, Maine

Regional base to offer expanded engineering, natural resource, and GIS consulting services

 
(Old Town, Maine—12 December 2012).  Sewall has opened a new office in Portland, Maine, to provide engineering, natural resource and GIS consulting services to clients in southern Maine and central New England.
 
Sewall’s Portland office establishes a regional base in southern Maine for delivering innovative stormwater management and energy solutions; traditional civil, water/wastewater, transportation and structural engineering; forestry and natural resource consulting; and a wide range of geospatial services, from GIS implementation and systems integration to application development and web hosting.
 
David Edson, Sewall President/CEO, says, “The Portland office strategically positions us to offer broader services to our clients in Portland, Greater Portland, and central New England. It is integral to expanding our customer base and partner network in this region.”
 
The office, which is located at 477 Congress Street, Suite 805, Portland, Maine 04101, will be jointly managed by Sewall Vice Presidents Ray Corson and Andrew Sturgeon.
 
About Sewall: Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international professional consulting organization specializing in energy, infrastructure, and natural resources. The company’s diverse portfolio is based upon 132 years’ experience in surveying, forest appraisal and civil engineering; 60 years’ in aerial mapping; and 30 years’ in GIS implementation. Headquartered in Old Town, Maine, Sewall has offices in the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwestern US.
 
For more information, please contact:  Vice President Ray Corson at 240-405-5542; ray.corson@sewall.com; or Vice President Andrew Sturgeon at 207-852-0973; andrew.sturgeon@sewall.com. For information on Sewall services, visit the web site at: www.sewall.com . 

Benjamin
01/03/2013 - 1:40pm
The first meeting of the Northeast Regional Ocean Planning Body (RPB)

 The first meeting of the Northeast Regional Ocean Planning Body (RPB) was held in Portland, Maine Nove 19 & 20th. The Northeast RPB is charged with leading the process to develop regional ocean plans that build upon existing governmental authorities and planning processes to improve management, siting, and regulatory decisions affecting coastal and ocean resources and uses. It is comprised of two representatives from each New England state, 10 federal agency representatives, a state member of the New England Fisheries Management Council, and representatives from the 10 federally recognized tribes of the region.

The purpose of the meeting was to:
  • Develop a common understanding about basic operational considerations and initial products
  • Provide context regarding current activities in the Northeast that lay a foundation for regional ocean planning
  • Engage stakeholders and the public about regional ocean planning for the Northeast;
 
A meeting summary, video, and presentations are available on the Northeast Regional Ocean Council’s (NROC) website http://northeastoceancouncil.org/regional-planning-body/
Click here  for Ocean Conservancy’s blog on the meeting. 
If you were unable to attend, but would like to submit comments or to join the mailing list to receive updates on the activities of the Northeast RPB, please email katie.lund@noaa.gov
 
National Ocean Policy 101:
What you need to know and why you should care
 
The National Ocean Policy was adopted on July 19, 2010. It provides a framework for comprehensive, coordinated management of our nation’s coasts, Great Lakes and ocean.
 
“Bringing all the government agencies together on ocean policy is long overdue. Everyone wants to get it right.” - Jim Lanard, President of the Offshore Wind Development Coalition
 
Whom does the National Ocean Policy benefit?
All ocean users benefit, particularly those within emerging industries, like offshore renewables. The Policy promotes better practices for siting offshore renewable energy by collecting data, proactively engaging stakeholders and making recommendations to avoid conflicts. It provides a forum for state, tribal and federal agency coordination that will provide regulatory consistency and efficiency.  Local communities and economies have a stake in the proper management of our coasts and oceans – the National Ocean Policy ensures that happens.
 
Where do possible wind farm locations overlap with vital fishing areas? How will shipping routes be affected? These are questions that emerging offshore industries need to know to make business decisions, and the National Ocean Policy can help provide that information.
 
What does it do?
The Policy provides guidance in making decisions that will protect our ocean, waterways and coastlines, all of which provide income, recreation, food and flood protection for the neighboring communities and states.
 
It’s about coordination. More than 20 federal agencies and over 140 laws address our coasts and the ocean, often in competing and conflicting ways. The policy improves collaboration and coordination and empowers the states to have a greater say in federal decision-making.
 
It’s about collecting, mapping, sharing and using information for smart planning. It will create an ocean atlas with information on ocean uses and resources. The policy provides information to state, tribal and federal agencies, as well as ocean users and the public, in a transparent manner and recommends a hands-on process to enable stakeholders to help make smart decisions about important ocean and coastal resources for generations to come.
 
When does it start?
Some businesses are already benefiting from smart ocean planning. For example, the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (OSAMP), a planning process akin to that outlined in the National Ocean Policy, helped to identify a renewable energy area off Block Island that has enabled a wind developer to jump-start the permitting process. 
 
The planning – a result of a rigorous data collection and stakeholder engagement effort by Rhode Island’s coastal zone management agency – has increased certainty for the developer and greatly advanced the siting process for the project. After working together with other stakeholders, the Rhode Island developer has recently agreed to a set of voluntary measures to help protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.
 
Nationally, regions are moving forward at their own pace; some are already at work, building off of existing plans and processes. Other regions have started collecting information and bringing stakeholders together.
 
Where is this happening?
The Policy foresees the formation of nine Regional Planning Bodies (RPBs) around the country that will create ocean atlases, coordinate management agencies and in some cases develop ocean plans. Regions have already received funding to begin work in two critical areas: data gathering and stakeholder outreach. New England has formed the first official RPB, and other regions are moving forward quickly. The RPBs will include representatives from state agencies, tribes, fisheries management councils and local governments. They will work with stakeholders and the public to gather information and, where relevant, develop plans. The National Ocean Council (NOC) is helping coordinate the regions and is drafting a handbook to provide guidance and support. To follow the activities of the Northeast RPB, click here. To view a map of multiple uses in New England waters, check out the Northeast Ocean Data Portal
 
 
Why should you care?
It’s about maximizing economic benefits while safeguarding the jobs that depend on a healthy marine environment. If your job depends on the ocean, access to comprehensive data can help you make better business decisions and provide you with greater regulatory certainty and efficiency that may enhance your ability to attract investors.
 
Industries including commercial fishing, recreation, offshore energy and shipping are all vying to use the same waters, including sensitive areas and important fish habitat. For example, a new short sea shipping lane might cross the best wind farm site. A wind farm might affect fishing grounds. Emerging industries in particular need to find locations to operate that minimize conflicts with other users.
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Offshore energy developers have said that the National Ocean Policy and comprehensive ocean planning make smart business sense and will not only help provide clean energy for our nation, but will also create the new jobs our economy needs.
 
What can you do?
If you have a stake in the ocean, your voice, knowledge and input are important.Engagement happens at every step – this is a bottom-up approach. A key component to the Policy is Regional Planning Bodies, and with an open invitation to all stakeholders, meetings and other open forums will give everyone a say in decisions about how best to use and protect ocean resources.
 
How can we plan for the future?
·         Createanocean atlas that allows everyone to see what’s going on in U.S. waters.
·         Invite all stakeholders to ocean town hall meetings and other open forums that give everyone a say in decisions about how to use and protect ocean resources
·         Empower those whose lives are most affected by the ocean to plan for the future
 
“What it means for us is greater predictability, lower risk, lower cost. In our view, when you can identify the right places to do ocean energy, you can do everything better – you can do conservation better and can do energy development better.” Markian Melnyk, President, Atlantic Grid Development

Benjamin
01/03/2013 - 1:39pm
Congress passes extension of wind-energy tax incentive

 The House of Representatives voted to adopt the Senate's budget plan to avoid the "Fiscal Cliff," which includes an extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit for any project that starts construction in 2013. The American Wind Energy Association said that reflects the 18 to 24 months it can take to construct a project. The measure awaits the signature of President Barack Obama.

 
the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) made the announcement to its members in a letter stating: Congress included the extension of wind energy tax credits that we have long sought in the final deal to avert the “fiscal cliff,” which now moves to President Obama for his signature.
Importantly, the version of the PTC and ITC extension included in today’s legislation would cover all wind projects that start construction in 2013. That allows for projects completed beyond 2013 to qualify for the credit, a critical change that the Senate Finance Committee made specifically in order to accommodate the business timelines of our industry. The bill also includes bonus depreciation, which is beneficial as well. And thanks to the constant efforts of AWEA members like you, it remained intact all the way to final passage tonight.
Together we can celebrate the renewal of this important federal policy. It will;
  • Provide continuous tax relief to U.S. wind farms built in 2013, 2014 and beyond, so long as they start construction this year;
  • Support the continued manufacture of wind turbines and components in America;
  • Drive the continued growth of an industry that installed the most electrical generating capacity in America last year; and,
  • Support offshore and community wind as well as land-based projects.
Wind set a new record in 2012 by installing 44 percent of all new electrical generating capacity in America, according to the Energy Information Administration, leading the electricity sector versus 30 percent for natural gas and lesser amounts for coal and other sources. 

Benjamin
01/03/2013 - 1:28pm
New Roadmaps Available for Ocean Wind, Tidal and Wave Energy Projects

12/17/2012

Following last week’s U.S. Department of Energy awards to two Maine offshore wind engineering, site evaluation and planning projects, the Maine Composites Alliance (MCA), Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII) and Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) today released two comprehensive permitting and regulatory roadmaps for developers of offshore wind, wave and tidal projects in Maine.
 
Jeff Thaler, an energy and environmental attorney presently serving as Visiting Professor of Energy Law and Policy at the University of Maine Schools of Law and Economics, created the Permitting and Leasing for Maine Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) Power Projects and the Permitting and Leasing for Maine Offshore Wind Energy Projects to help steer potential developers and interested parties through federal, state and local laws and regulations applicable for ocean energy projects.  According to Thaler, “Each roadmap serves as a detailed instructional outline for permitting and licensing in the Gulf of Maine, and as a guide to identify and navigate environmental and energy regulations. By making the path from project planning to development and ultimately to completion as clear and comprehensive as possible, we hope Maine can attract even more economic and energy opportunities to its waters and jobs for its people.”
 
Paul Williamson, MWII Executive Director adds, “Maine not only has considerable natural wind and ocean energy resources, it has exceptional assets in its precision and composites manufacturing, engineering, construction, marine services and trades, applied research and development, and transportation and logistics communities. These roadmaps will help ensure that the state has the expertise available to assist developers and their supply chains through the legal and regulatory waters.” Steve Van Vogt, MCAExecutive Director stated that “Maine’s composites industry has been working with the University of Maine and other partners to develop cutting edge materials for the emerging offshore wind industry and these roadmaps are another step to making these efforts pay off for Maine businesses.” Jeff Marks, E2Tech Executive Director agrees “Maine is already a leader in ocean energy innovation, as evidenced by federal awards to the University of Maine and Statoil for developing offshore wind technologies off the coast of Maine. These roadmaps will help attract more businesses to our shores and deep-water resources.”
 
We are collaborating to help organize, promote and expand Maine’s ocean and wind energy cluster through strengthening the industry’s supply chain in Maine, fostering collaboration between Maine businesses and global partners, and recruiting major suppliers and/or manufacturers to Maine. MCA is an alliance of composite businesses that work together to promote Maine’s leadership in the international composites industry. MWII is a collaborative created to organize Maine wind industry interests, link opportunities to Maine companies, relate industry needs to the state and federal government and act as a communication hub for Maine-based industrial partners in the wind energy industry.   E2Tech seeks to build and expand the State’s environmental, energy and clean technology sectors through networking and educational events, business development and sustainable job growth projects, and research, development and commercialization initiatives. Please visit www.mainewindindustry.org or http://www.e2tech.org/projects/wind-energy for more information and copies of the roadmaps.
Paul Williamson
Maine Wind Industry Initiative
(207) 242-3521
 
Jeff Marks
Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine
(207) 956-1970, director@e2tech.org

Benjamin
12/17/2012 - 3:53pm
2 Maine Offshore Wind Demonstration Projects awarded funding from the US Department of Energy:

2 Maine Offshore Wind Demonstration Projects awarded funding from the US Department of Energy:
• Statoil North America of Stamford, Connecticut plans to deploy four 3-megawatt wind turbines on floating spar buoy structures in the Gulf of Maine off Boothbay Harbor at a water depth of approximately 460 feet. These spar buoys will be assembled in harbor to reduce installation costs and then towed to the installation site to access the Gulf of Maine's extensive deep water offshore wind resources.


• The University of Maine, based in Orono, plans to install a pilot floating offshore wind farm with two 6-megawatt direct-drive turbines on concrete semi-submersible foundations near Monhegan Island. These concrete foundations could result in improvements in commercial-scale production and provide offshore wind projects with a cost-effective alternative to traditional steel foundations.
The Doe announced awards for 7 US projects.


For more information on the full announcement go to:
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-announces-new-investments-pioneering-us-offshore-wind-projects
For more details on all the project awards go to:
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wind/offshore_wind.html

 


Benjamin
12/12/2012 - 5:13pm
Maine Wind and Ocean energy news wrap up Novermber - December 2012
Wind farms generating revenue in small towns 
Three New England farms on track to begin operations before the end of the year promise to bring clean energy, tax revenue, and jobs to economically hard-hit regions
 
 
First Wind Dedicates Bull Hill Renewable Energy Project 
First Wind, an independent U.S.-based wind energy company, today announced that construction of its 34 megawatt (MW) Bull Hill Wind project has been completed and commercial operations have begun. Located on the ridges of Bull Hill and Heifer Hill in Hancock County, Maine, the project features 19 1.8 MW wind turbines that have the capacity to generate enough clean energy to power nearly 18,000 homes.
 
 
Snowmobile trails would link Maine wind farms
Maine snowmobilers love to have destinations for their wintertime rides, and they are working with the wind power industry on a plan to link perhaps 10 of the state's wind farms with 600 miles of trails in a unique addition to Maine's outdoor tourism menu.
 
 
 
First Wind looking to expand in Hancock County 
Now that it has brought its new, 19-turbine Bull Hill Wind project online in eastern Hancock County, First Wind is looking to expand its presence nearby.
 
 
UMaine’s Offshore Wind lab sports 70m/230-ft testing … and more 
The Offshore Wind Laboratory’s new wind turbine blade test lab, part of a 38,700-ft² (3,595m²) expansion of the University of Maine’s (UMaine) AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center (Orono, Maine), was first announced in February 2009. Construction of the lab began in earnest during summer 2010. The lab was completed in late November 2011, the equipment was calibrated and tested, and commercial clients were able to use its services beginning in spring of this year. The lab received certification in August 2012.
 
 
Wind Turbine Delivered To Northern Maine Community College
The largest and most expensive teaching tool ever purchased by Northern Maine Community College is being delivered to the campus on Wednesday, November 28 as part of the wind power program.
A used wind turbine, which previously operated in Denmark, was loaded on a ship earlier this month bound for Presque Isle via the port in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The turbine is a 12-year-old Vestas V-25 200 kW* nacelle assembly, which will be used to train students on operation practices for community-size wind turbines.
 
Maine wind energy significantly cuts global warming pollution 
Wind Energy in Maine has cut global warming pollution by over 400,000 metric tons, it has been announced.
Environment Maine found that the state's current power generation from wind energy equates to 403,000 metric tons of carbon pollution not being pumped into the air each year.
 
 
Industry expert talks wind issues 
There is a lot up in the air right now for wind energy production off the coast of Maine.
Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII) Director Paul Williamson took some time out of his busy schedule last week to talk about the issues affecting wind energy development in Maine.
 
Moscow looks over package of benefits from First Wind 
The Boston developer says it is 'looking seriously at developing a project in the Bingham area.'
The town is looking at a benefits package from a wind power developer as part of a project involving installation of turbines on hills in Bingham and extending into Mayfield and Blanchard townships and Kingsbury Plantation.
 

Benjamin
12/04/2012 - 4:58pm
Wind Turbine Delivered To Northern Maine Community College
Aroostook County – Thelargest and most expensive teaching tool ever purchased by Northern Maine Community College is being delivered to the campus on Wednesday, November 28 as part of the wind power program.
                                                                                   
A used wind turbine, which previously operated in Denmark, was loaded on a ship earlier this month bound for Presque Isle via the port in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The turbine is a 12-year-old Vestas V-25 200 kW* nacelle assembly, which will be used to train students on operation practices for community-size wind turbines. 
 
The price of the unit (along with shipping) is $195,000 which is being funded by a donation through the Northern Maine Community College Foundation.
 
“Having a major piece of equipment like this was a dream for all of us involved in the planning and creation of the wind power program five years ago,” says NMCC President Tim Crowley. “Our wind power program is already a leader in New England, and this equipment will further advance the program and most importantly, the knowledge and skills of our students.”
 
The nacelle will be placed in the Wind Power Technology lab on a special mounting stand so that students can learn its operation without the tower safety and weather concerns of having to climb to the nacelle. A tower and the blades are not part of this purchase; rather the nacelle and hub assemblies. The nacelle houses the generator and controls of a wind turbine responsible for its operation.
 
“A functional nacelle and hub assembly will provide the opportunity for students to observe and interact with a complete operating system. This is a great way for the students to practice hands-on activities with trouble shooting and maintenance,” says Wind Power Technology Instructor Wayne Kilcollins.
 
The equipment will be delivered at 9:00, to the Christie Building, room 111, tomorrow (Wednesday). A large crane will be utilized to move the turbine from the transport to the ground for rolling into the lab.
 
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*As a comparison, the wind turbines on Mars Hill Mountain are 1,500 kW (1.5 MW).

Benjamin
12/04/2012 - 3:53pm
Maine Wind and Ocean energy news wrap up October- November 2012

Maine key to new regional powerhouse
Two international energy companies are proposing a $2 billion project that would carry vast amounts of renewable power from northern and eastern Maine and the Canadian Maritimes to Massachusetts through underground wires along interstate highways.
Read the Full Story
http://www.pressherald.com/news/huge-power-line-project-proposed_2012-10-25.html

First Wind Submits New, Smaller Bowers Wind Project Proposal
Champlain Wind LLC, a project company of First Wind, an independent U.S.-based wind energy company, has submitted an application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a revised 48 megawatt (MW) Bowers Wind project that has 40 percent fewer turbines than an earlier proposal. The proposed project will be located in Penobscot and Washington Counties. Several public health groups, neighboring landowners, environmental organizations, and sportsman associations have pledged their support for the revised project.
Read the Full Story
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20121031005743/en/Wind-Submits-Smaller-Bowers-Wind-Project-Proposal

Developers unveil plans for 24 underwater turbines off coast near Eastport
Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Company officials met Friday morning at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s regional office in Bangor with a small group of state and federal regulators to outline plans to place 24 underwater turbines in the Western Passage of the Bay of Fundy in 2014.
Read the Full Story
http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/26/news/down-east/developers-unveil-plans-for-24-underwater-turbines-off-coast-near-eastport/

Floating Offshore Wind project gets first public hearing
In Boothbay Harbor, talking about Statoil’s proposed offshore wind farm may have lost some of its novelty but it still draws an engaged audience. The Norwegian energy giant has been sending its envoys here since last February to discuss its plans to develop a floating pilot wind park about 12 nautical miles offshore. On October 23, about 55 people showed up for the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) first public hearing on the proposed offshore energy lease in the Gulf of Maine.
Read the Full Story:
http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/wind-project-gets-first-public-hearing/4923

Utility Building Substation To Deliver Wind Energy Across Maine
Central Maine Power (CMP) has awarded a $980,000 contract to TRC Companies Inc. to provide design and engineering services, project management, construction management, testing and commissioning for the development of the Ludden Lane substation in Canton, Maine.
Read the Full Story
http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.10587

 

Manitowoc Debuts Boom Raising System At Maine Wind Farm Site
In Eastbrook, Maine, contractor Reed & Reed is using Manitowoc's new Boom Raising System to install 19 wind turbines at the Bull Hill wind farm.This is the first time that the Boom Raising System has been used on a job site, Manitowoc says. The 19 turbines at Bull Hill are being built on roughly 100 acres and are expected to generate enough electricity to power about 18,000 homes.
Read the Full Story
http://www.nawindpower.com/naw/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.10585

40th Mobile Harbour Crane delivered to North America
Recently, Liebherr has delivered its 40th Mobile Harbour Crane to the North American market. This total fleet comprises eight units in Canada and 32 in the United States.
The 40th Mobile Harbour Crane, a LHM 550 model, was delivered in spring 2012 to the Maine Port Authority for their port in Searsport, ME USA.
Read the Full Story
http://www.liebherr.com/en-GB/139110.wfw

UMaine Center to gather wind measurements in Gulf of Maine
The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Ceter, NRG Systems, AWS Truepower, UMaine’s Physical Oceanography Group and Leosphere have established a research and development partnership to gather deepwater hub-height wind measurements in the Gulf of Maine.
Read the Full Story
http://www.windtech-international.com/project-and-contracts/umaine-center-to-gather-wind-measurements-in-the-gulf-of-maine

 

Tracking offshore wind
The University of Maine and the U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative (USOWC) have announced a partnership to co-develop WindHUB, USOWC's new online resource for stakeholders interested in the emerging U.S. offshore wind industry.
The first phase of the Offshore WindHub brought together resources related to Atlantic coast states and federal activities in policy, technology, economics, and siting. The second phase of WindHub's development will expand the site's content and improve its user interface.
Read the Full Story
http://www.rdmag.com/news/2012/10/tracking-offshore-wind?qt-recent_blogs_articles=1

Economist: Cheap, dirty coal key cause of Maine’s energy woes
A former Maine state economist said late Wednesday that cheap, dirty coal and the federal government’s unwillingness to enact a carbon pollution tax are the primary reasons Mainers pay more for power than most other Americans.
Charles Colgan, associate director of the University of Southern Maine’s Center for Business and Economic Research, was responding to a new call for reform that would open Maine up to more electricity imports from Canada.
Read the Full Story
http://bangordailynews.com/2012/10/19/business/economist-cheap-dirty-coal-key-cause-of-maines-energy-woes/?ref=latest

 

Joint Venture explores new mooring and structural foundation Technologies
Blue Water Dynamo’s of Gray Maine in partnership with Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) Limited is reviewing the application of new mooring and structural foundation technologies for Maine tidal and offshore wind projects. The new technology has been developed by SMD in response to the industry's competitive need to reduce installation costs. SMD and Blade Offshore Services Limited (BOS) have completed a deal which sees the creation of a joint venture, SMD-BORD, and joint development of a novel technology for the installation of marine renewables devices on the seabed.
Read the Full Story
http://www.mainewindindustry.com/node/3164
 


Benjamin
11/06/2012 - 12:20pm
Joint Venture explores new mooring and structural foundation Technologies

Blue Water Dynamo’s of Gray Maine in partnership with Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) Limited is reviewing the application of new mooring and structural foundation technologies for Maine tidal and offshore wind projects. The new technology has been developed by SMD in response to the industry's competitive need to reduce installation costs. SMD and Blade Offshore Services Limited (BOS) have completed a deal which sees the creation of a joint venture, SMD-BORD, and joint development of a novel technology for the installation of marine renewables devices on the seabed.
The unique technology makes use of a sacrificial double-skinned annular drill, which cuts more quickly than traditional full-bore cutting methods. This will allow piles and anchors used in the growing
marine renewables industry to be installed more precisely, more efficiently, at a lower cost and within tidal windows. The technology also offers an alternative to expensive gravity foundations.
Signature of the joint venture follows a series of dry trials in which the performance of the technology exceeded expectations. SMD will add its expertise in subsea engineering, remotely operated systems, and seafloor tractors to the innovative drilling technology developed by BOS in order to bring a range of remotely operated subsea drill rigs to the market. These will be tailored for different sizes and types of device and deployment methodologies.
Clive Adshead, Renewables Business Stream Manager at SMD commented: “Both parties are very pleased to have signed this joint venture, and we are looking forward to the final stages of development. I have been involved with the marine renewables industry for a number of years, and I believe that this technology is game-changing in terms of the installation solutions that the industry needs.”
Speaking for BOS, John Swingler, Director of Drilling Operations said: “We are very excited to be working with our partners SMD who lead the industry in Subsea vehicle technology. The SMD-BORD Joint Venture will provide the marine renewables sector with the cost effective installation solutions for seabed structures and permanent moorings which the industry has been searching for. We are at the birth of the subsea turbine industry and our innovative pile technology together with SMD’s proven subsea vehicle engineering will be seen as a step change in underwater device installation both domestically and globally.”
SMD and BOS were advised in the joint venture by Dickinson Dees and Ward Hadaway.
The joint venture will operate from SMD’s head office in Wallsend , Newcastle upon Tyne. For more information about the potential use of this technology in Northern New England contact, Blue Water Dynamo, James Monroe at 207-657-2330 e-mail jcmonroe@maine.rr.com Gray, ME
 


Benjamin
11/06/2012 - 11:42am
Maine Wind Supply-Chain Shows Potential at National Offshore WINDPOWER Event

Portland, ME – The Maine Wind Industry Initiative will bring attention to Maine’s expanding wind energy supply-chain products, environmental consulting firms, and wind power services from October 9 -11, at the AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER 2012 in Virginia Beach.

“When it comes to our wind energy capabilities, Maine has a wide-range of high-caliber supply chain products and companies that can be utilized by national and international offshore wind project developers and equipment manufacturers”, explains MWII Director and Industry Coordinator Paul Williamson. “Maine is also streamlining the supply-chain search process with the new online wind-energy ME product and business locator.”

The Maine Wind Industry Pavilion, located in booth 326, is open to all conference and exhibition attendees, offshore wind industry developers, manufacturers and professionals who are interested in meeting with and learning more about wind energy supply chain opportunities in Maine, professional service providers operating in this market and wind power services provided by Maine companies worldwide.

The following businesses will take part in the Maine Wind Industry Pavilion at AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER 2012: Bath Iron Works (BIW), University of Maine Advanced Structures & Composites Center (AEWC), CIANBRO, Maine Port Authority, James W. Sewall Company, Maine Composite Alliance (MCA), Sprague, Maine Wind Industry Initiative and SGC/Senergy Alternative Energy.

Located at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia, VA, the AWEA OFFSHORE WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition is the largest offshore wind event in North America. The event attracts the leading offshore wind developers, manufacturers, suppliers, construction firms, consultants, government officials, and more.

ABOUT MWII

Maine Wind Industry Initiative is a supply chain development organization that provides wind energy development services to all Maine supply-chain categories. It identifies the capacity of the Maine industry and promotes those products and services nationally and globally. MWII also identifies resources, partners and suppliers for companies interested in doing business in the Northeast US.

 


Benjamin
10/02/2012 - 2:19pm
News Wrap up for September 2012

Statoil Project Advances Floating Deepwater Offshore Wind in Maine
Offshore Wind Wire
Federal ocean energy regulators are moving forward on a request by Statoil North America Inc. (Statoil NA) to lease about 22.2 square miles of sea space off the Maine coast for a deepwater floating offshore wind project. If approved and ultimately ...

Read More at:

http://offshorewindwire.com/2012/08/23/analysis-statoil-advances-floating-deepwater-offshore-wind-in-maine/

Six New England States Launch Regional Renewable Energy Initiative

The New England Governors' Conference on July 30 passed a resolution to launch a coordinated regional procurement of renewable energy. The leaders of six states—Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont—have agreed to release a request for proposals (RFP) in 2013 for a significant amount of renewable energy.

Read More at:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/pr-2012/120730-pr-ne-regional-energy-initiative.html

And:

http://www.clf.org/blog/clean-energy-climate-change/the-next-opportunity-for-growing-renewable-energy-in-new-england/

 

Which States Have The Most Wind, Solar or Biomass? New Maps Tell All
Forbes
The wind blows on average eight meters or more a second all along the Atlantic Coast from South Carolina up through Maine, which explains why projects such as the Atlantic Wind Connection have momentum.

Read More at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidferris/2012/08/27/which-states-have-the-most-wind-solar-or-biomass-new-maps-tell-all/

 

Roxbury tax rate plummets due to wind farm

Maine Biz

Roxbury residents seem pleased with their property tax bills this year, largely because of the $610,000 tax windfall the Oxford County town has received from the Record Hill wind farm.

Read More at:http://www.mainebiz.biz/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120828/NEWS0101/120829953&utm_source=enews&utm_medium=Daily%2BReport&utm_campaign=Tuesday

 

A View from Glen Hill: Blowin in the wind: Turbines turn rural America 'green'
Wilton Bulletin
The turbines are in a remote area of Maine and lose substantial power as the electricity they generate is transmitted to the grid. That's a knife-edge problem of chicken and the egg, because surely with many of these structures in place, incentives ...

Read More at:http://www.acorn-online.com/joomla15/wiltonbulletin/columns/128032-a-view-from-glen-hill-blowin-in-the-wind-turbines-turn-rural-america-green.html

 

Bull Hill Wind Power Project Nears Completion

Fenceviewer

Construction of Bull Hill Wind on the Bull Hill and Heifer Hill ridgelines in Township 16 is about 85 percent complete, said Peter Garrett, site superintendent for contractor Reed & Reed.

As of last week, crews had erected 16 of the 19 Vestas 1.8-megawatt turbines. Boston-based First Wind is the developer of the $76-million project.

Read More at:http://fenceviewer.com/site/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=76650:bull-hill-wind-power-project-nears-completion&Itemid=938


Benjamin
09/11/2012 - 9:40am
Maine Wind and Ocean Energy News Wrap-up for July - August 2012

Maine Companies Provide Wind Education Scholarships

 

Sewall Engineering, St. Joseph's College, Verril Dana and Reed & Reed provided scholarship funding to support Maine Teachers to participate in the Kid Wind Senators Training Program to be held at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor during the week of July 29th.

Maine Teachers Gus Goodwin, Peter Worthington and Jay Danforth will be participating in the program that will include a total of 30 teachers from around the country. Wind Senators provides teachers with tools and curriculum to teach students and other teachers to use wind energy as a platform for the exploration of STEM and social/cultural education. 

http://learn.kidwind.org/workshops_events

 

University of Maine's 37,000 Sq. Foot Offshore Wind Laboratory is the new home of the three-storiedEnvironmental Wind Turbine Test Chamber.

 

 
Hastest Solutions, Inc., announces today a company milestone in the design, assembly, and installation of the three-storied Environmental Wind Turbine Test Chamber housed at the University of Maine's some 37,000 square feet Offshore Wind Laboratory 

http://www.sfgate.com/business/prweb/article/A-Milestone-for-the-Silicon-Valley-Company-3718491.php

 

 

Maine Voices: Maine Has an Energy Plan

 

The state is on the right track in pursuing newer, renewable sources and upgrading old ones. 

 

Recently, there has been a lot of critical commentary regarding the viability and potential of renewable energy resources in Maine. This is understandable, since Maine is a national leader in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy as integral components of an integrated energy, economic development and environmental public policy framework.

 

http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/maine-has-an-energy-plan-and-it-is-wisely-trying-to-implement-it_2012-07-31.html

 

 

 

Central Maine Power Energized New Somerset County Transmission Line
 

Central Maine Power Co. has energized a new 115,000 V transmission line serving communities in Maine's Somerset County.   

 The 39-mile line between Moscow and Benton provides a second transmission link to central Somerset County, enhancing reliability and adding transmission capacity for renewable energy exports from the region's wind, biomass, and hydroelectric generators.

 

http://www.equities.com/news/headline-story?dt=2012-07-18&val=285097&cat=energy

 

 

 

Maine Company Leading Way as Tidal Energy Comes of Age

 

To the east of this easternmost American port, the Western Hemisphere's largest whirlpool is surging to life, creating a vortex capable of sucking a small skiff into the abyss. Here on the west side of town, the sea is fleeing Cobscook and, unwittingly, generating electricity for the Ocean Renewable Power Co.

 

Slung beneath a specially built barge moored near the bay's mouth, a sailboat-sized turbine spins in the 4-knot current, generating a clean, renewable and predictable flow of electricity. It's a 50-kilowatt prototype that ORPC is developing for use in rivers, a small cousin to the 60-kilowatt device it tested here last year.

 

http://www.pressherald.com/news/maine-company-leading-way-as-tidal-energy-comes-of-age_2012-07-22.html

 

 

 

Verrill Dana law group to focus on high-seas issues
   

Portland law firm Verrill Dana has formed a new practice group focused on maritime law and technology as the firm attempts to capitalize on some emerging legal issues specific to the high seas.

 

While the maritime and marine technology practice group is really just a formalization of work already being done by many in the firm, attorneys with Verrill Dana hope that the consolidated, team-based effort will help the law firm cement a reputation for expertise in maritime law. 

 

http://www.mainebiz.biz/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120703/NEWS02/120709983&utm_source=enews&utm_medium=Portland%2BReport&utm_campaign=Tuesday

 

 

 

On land, wind farms growing

 

Despite controversy that has slowed the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, land-based wind farms are expanding rapidly in the region.

One company alone, First Wind Holdings LLC of Boston, has installed enough turbines in the Northeast over the past few years to generate nearly as much power as the long-awaited offshore wind farm. Other companies, too, have developed wind projects in New England states.

 

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/07/09/while_cape_wind_is_debated_land_based_development_of_wind_power_takes_off/


Benjamin
08/07/2012 - 1:25pm
MWII Does Wind Blade Education Workshop for Thornton Academy High School & Hampton Academy 6th Graders.

 Paul Williamson & Elyse Doyle from MWII visited Thornton Academy in Saco, ME & Hampton Academy in Hampton, NH this week to present a workshop about wind energy and wind blades to an estimated 100 kids in total.

The initial part of the presentations began with Paul first presenting the problems the United States is facing with a dwindling supply of energy resources that other nations are also looking to utilize, and went on to discuss how wind energy is a great alternative. Most of his presentations were based on the actual wind blades themselves and how they work.

This lead into the second part of their workshop where they had students create their own wind blade designs based off of what Paul had discussed about their shaped, and how an airfoil is needed to be created in order to get the blades to spin. The students were urged to be creative and think about what would work best. Paul and his intern Elyse helped guide the students in the process of creating their foam wind blades by cutting them, and sanding them down with butter knives and sand paper. After the students were done Paul and Elyse set up fans and tested the students’ designs to help them discover which designs, and at what angles worked best.
The 6th graders at Hampton Academy, and the highschoolers at Thornton Academy both seemed to be really engaged with the presentation and workshop. They were incredibly excited when they got their wind blades to spin, and also seeing how fast some of them could go! They definitely learned a tremendous amount from the activity and it was overall a fun and educational workshop for everyone!
                          

Benjamin
05/25/2012 - 9:43am
Maine Wind and Ocean Energy News Wrap-up for April - May 2012

Maine regulators pave way for US tidal power

The first long-term power purchase agreements for tidal energy in the United States has been announced in Maine. The Maine Public Utilities Commission set terms for a contract that would be in place for 20 years. The regulators also directed the three utilities to negotiate with Ocean Renewable Power Co. to put electricity onto the grid this summer.
 
Maine regulators on Tuesday put three utilities on the path to distribute electricity harnessed from tides at the nation's eastern tip, a key milestone in a bid to turn the natural rise and fall of ocean levels into power.
Read the Full Story
 
 
Wind Blade and Storm Challenge draw nearly 400 students and spectators
The Maine Wind Blade Challenge and Wind Storm Challenge drew the largest crowd of competitors as middle and high school students competed to design the most effective wind blades using advanced composite materials, and floating wind platforms.
85 teams from Maine schools competed in both competitions.
The top three teams for Wind Blade Challenge were: 1st, Easton; 2nd, Presque Isle Team 3; and 3rd, Mt Blue High School (Farmington).
The top three teams for Wind Storm Challenge were: 1st, Madison Area Memorial High School Team 1; 2nd, Madison Area Memorial High School 2; and 3rd, Boothbay Region High School.
 
A link to all the following related stories with event details can be found at:
·         Mt. Blue students reinvent the windmill, win recognition for it
·         Students Infuse Wind Blades at Custom Composites
·         Easton Wins Wind Blade Challenge
·         Foster Technology Center takes third place in Wind Blade Challenge
·         USA: Maine Students Compete in Offshore Wind Technology
·         Over 250 Students compete in the 4th annual Maine Wind Blade and Storm Challenges
·         Students Team Up With Manufacturers to Design Wind Turbine Blades, Floating Structures
·         Students Compete in Windstorm and Wind Blade Challenges
·         Students compete at University of Maine in Wind Blade Challenge, Windstorm Challenge
 
 
 
First Wind Secures 76 Million in Financing
TOWNSHIP 16 — First Wind last week announced it has secured $76 million in financing to build Bull Hill Wind and that the 34-megawatt facility will be operational by the end of the year.
 
Construction will include the installation this summer of 19 Vestas 1.8-megawatt wind turbines on Bull Hill and Heifer Hill ridges in Township 16, which borders Eastbrook.
Read the Full Story
 
 
Regulators approve First Wind-Emera deal
The Maine Public Utilities Commission has approved a proposal by First Wind and Canadian utility Emera to partner with a third energy company to build and operate energy projects in the Northeast.
 
The PUC approved Massachusetts-based First Wind and Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Emera to partner with Ontario-based Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp.
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BEP upholds permitting of 50-turbine Oakfield wind farm
The Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted Wednesday to uphold state regulators’ decision to grant a permit for a 50-turbine wind farm in Oakfield that would be the largest single wind energy project built in Maine to date.
 
By unanimous vote, the BEP rejected opponents’ requests to essentially rescind the permit issued in January by the Department of Environmental Protection and instead hold public hearings on several issues.
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Sierra Club, Sewall and Greenleaf Advisors Launch SmartSiting Project in Great Lakes
First-of-its-kind regional web-based GIS will help identify wind project sites
The Sierra Club, Maine Based James W. Sewall Company, and Greenleaf Advisors are building a team of stakeholders to develop a regional web-based GIS for siting wind energy projects in the Great Lakes. The proposed online system, the first wind siting tool of its kind in the US, will provide developers, regulators, government officials, NGOs, landowners and other organizations with high-value environmental and ecospatial information for use in identifying offshore project sites and evaluating the potential environmental, economic and social impacts of development in the region.
Read the Full Story
 
 
Federal tax changes and a volatile natural gas market buffet wind development
Is Maine's wind power industry thriving or dying? While the question might seem hyperbolic, there's plenty of evidence for either proposition in what has been an unusually turbulent period for the state's first new, commercially viable source of electricity since the nuclear industry was in its heyday.
 
The Natural Resources Council of Maine lists 19 industrial-scale wind projects statewide that are operating, being permitted or in development — an impressive number, given that the first completed wind farm, in Mars Hill, began operating just five years ago. To date, well over $1 billion has been invested, leading some economists to describe wind as the biggest new industry to arrive in rural Maine since the paper industry took root.
 
Three of the leading developers, First Wind of Boston, Patriot Renewables of Quincy, Mass., and Independence Wind of Portland have collectively invested $765 million in operating farms, with another $431 million in permitted projects.
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Maine radar site may be used to produce energy
MOSCOW — A former Air Force radar station in western Maine has been purchased by three companies that intend to generate energy, most likely from wind turbines.
Maine-based Cianbro and Massachusetts-based Conroy Development Corp. and Jay Cashman Inc. announced Monday that they purchased the 1,300-acre site.
 
The Sun Journal quotes Cianbro CEO Peter Vigue as saying wind power could be generated at the location without disturbing local residents. The companies said they hope to utilize the existing infrastructure like roads, power lines, substations and buildings.
Read the Full Story
 
Discontinuous Unidirectional DiscoTape™ Shows Promise as Formable Reinforcement
Pepin Associates, Inc. has developed a discontinuous, unidirectional preimpregnated reinforcement tape (unitape) which has the ability to stretch up to 30% to form complex shapes. The material, called DiscoTape™ (subject of provisional patent), has shown promise in the formation of composite parts with complex curvatures normally precluding the use of unitape without cutting and darting. The material can be made with glass or carbon fiber prepregged with epoxy resins or thermoplastics. Variations of fiber lengths and segmentation patterns have been investigated to optimize DiscoTape for a variety of applications. DiscoTape has the potential to be used on many other structures ranging from wind blades to structures for aircraft and rotorcraft. 
Read the Full Story
 
Mass Town employs Maine wind power for energy needs
There may not be any windmills in Rowley, but the town is certainly taking advantage of the benefits of the power produced by this energy source. The Rowley Municipal Light Plant recently signed a purchase power agreement with a wind farm in Woodstock, Maine, which will provide 3 percent of the town's electricity needs.
Read the Full Story
 
 

Benjamin
05/16/2012 - 3:55pm
Sierra Club, Sewall and Greenleaf Advisors Launch SmartSiting Project in Great Lakes
First-of-its-kind regional web-based GIS will help identify wind project sites
 
(Old Town, Maine) The Sierra Club, Maine based James W. Sewall Company, and Greenleaf Advisors are building a team of stakeholders to develop a regional web-based GIS for siting wind energy projects in the Great Lakes. The proposed online system, the first wind siting tool of its kind in the US, will provide developers, regulators, government officials, NGOs, landowners and other organizations with high-value environmental and ecospatial information for use in identifying offshore project sites and evaluating the potential environmental, economic and social impacts of development in the region. 
 
The first phase of the SmartSiting Project, launched in early January, includes an outreach to key stakeholders to inform, identify and recruit project partners; and a legal review of the regulations affecting offshore wind development and submerged land leasing in the Great Lakes. In subsequent phases, the team will collect and develop environmental, cultural, economic and commercial datasets from a variety of sources, integrating them into the web-based GIS.  In concept, the new system’s design and data integration process will be based in part on existing Great Lakes web-based atlases and the Offshore Wind Energy GIS (OWEGIS), an ecospatial information management system created by Dr. Susan Elston at the University of Maine and refined in collaboration with its commercial partner, Sewall. OWEGIS comprises over 650 layers of coastal- and marine-related data used in siting wind power projects in the Gulf of Maine.
 
According to Emily Green, Sierra Club’s Great Lakes Program Director, “We see the SmartSiting system as an innovative collaborative tool that will provide key stakeholders with a wide range of accurate, project-specific information essential to site evaluation, siting decisions and permitting. It will also refocus the discussion about data—where it comes from, how relevant it is—to the actual critical issues of wind power development in the Great Lakes.”
 
According to John Andersen, President of Greenleaf Advisors, “Renewable Energy is not truly sustainable unless its infrastructure is developed intelligently, beginning with siting  decisions that are well informed by scientific data, revealing environmental, economic and social values impacted.”
 
The first phase of the $225,000 SmartSiting Project is funded in part by a grant to The Sierra Club Foundation from The SC Johnson Fund, Inc.
 
About Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the largest grassroots environmental organization in the US. Founded by John Muir, the organization has been working to protect communities, wild places and the planet itself since 1892. For more information, please visit www.sierraclub.org or contact: Emily Green, Great Lakes Program Director, at 608-257-4994; emily.green@sierraclub.org
 
About Sewall: Founded in 1880, Sewall is an integrated team of geospatial, engineering and natural resource consultants who partner with clients to create practical, sustainable solutions. The company’s diverse portfolio is based on 130 years' experience in surveying and civil engineering; 60 years' in aerial mapping; and 20 years' in GIS and application development. To obtain more information, please visit www.sewall.com or contact: Ray Corson, Vice President, at 207-827-4456; ray.corson@sewall.com
 
About Greenleaf Advisors:  Greenleaf Advisors is a consulting and transaction-services firm that builds sustainable enterprises and communities by bridging them to the resources and strategies they need to develop in a healthy way.  To obtain more information, please visit www.greenleafadvisors.net or contact: John Andersen, President, at 312-953-2114; jandersen@greenleafadvisors.net

Benjamin
05/16/2012 - 10:07am
Discontinuous Unidirectional DiscoTape™ Shows Promise as Formable Reinforcement
GREENVILLE, ME: Pepin Associates, Inc. has developed a discontinuous, unidirectional preimpregnated reinforcement tape (unitape) which has the ability to stretch up to 30% to form complex shapes. The material, called DiscoTape™ (subject of provisional patent), has shown promise in the formation of composite parts with complex curvatures normally precluding the use of unitape without cutting and darting. The material can be made with glass or carbon fiber prepregged with epoxy resins or thermoplastics. Variations of fiber lengths and segmentation patterns have been investigated to optimize DiscoTape for a variety of applications. DiscoTape has the potential to be used on many other structures ranging from wind blades to structures for aircraft and rotorcraft.
 Two project engineers at Pepin Associates have conducted research on DiscoTape to ascertain its mechanical properties as compared to continuous tape, determine its forming limits and evaluate its use for composite structures such as keels, frames, fairings and radomes. 
Mechanical testing conducted by Project Engineer Amber Simmons shows that while there is a knockdown of 0° tensile strength in the discontinuous unitape, interlaminar shear and in-plane shear remain relatively consistent with those properties of continuous unitape. Tensile modulus is also close to continuous reinforcement values. This would allow use of DiscoTape in structures whose designs are stiffness driven such as bead stiffened shear panels. The ability of the discontinuous unitape to stretch and form complex parts, such as the hemisphere featured in Photo #1, could enable manufacturers to use unitape where it hasn’t been used in the past. One possible application for DiscoTape is radomes. These fiber-reinforced composite structures are used to protect radar equipment on aircraft and rotorcraft during flight. The extreme environments these structures must endure during all aspects of flight, especially for military platforms, require strength and durability. However, these same structures must be as close to transparent as possible in allowing radar frequencies to penetrate the structure.Pepin Associates Project Engineer Elizabeth Thompson has completed a study on the formability and transmissivity of glass DiscoTape, applicable for use in radome manufacture. Elizabeth formed test specimens of discontinuous glass prepreg unitape (DiscoTape) and Pepin Associates contracted with Radant Technologies of Stow, Massachusetts to measure the electrical properties of these specimens.
Pepin Associates, Inc. has shown that discontinuity does not always affect transmissivity of the radar signal. It was found that the discontinuity may interfere with the signal at X-band frequencies. In the event the material is showing signal loss, the length of DiscoTape segments can be altered easily, allowing the fabricator to ‘tune’ the material as needed.  The research showed no appreciable effect on the material transparency for the Q-band frequency. Elizabeth Thompson details these conclusions in her technical paper, which will be presented at the 2012 SAMPE Conference in Baltimore, M
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These results are promising because radome shapes are as variable as the aircraft on which they are mounted. The photo in Photo #2 shows an example of a front-mounted radome for military jets. Photo #3 shows a more blunt radome, which might be mounted to the underbelly of an aircraft.  
Forming such complex curvatures as these with continuous, unidirectional tape is a challenge due to wrinkling of the material. Wrinkles can degrade both the radar signal and radome structural integrity. Applying unidirectional reinforcement tape to fabricate these parts without wrinkles is difficult and time consuming: DiscoTape could allow the formation of these shapes without wrinkling.
DiscoTape has the potential to be used on many other structures ranging from wind blades to medical imaging equipment to structures for aircraft and rotorcraft. Pepin Associates is seeking to evaluate DiscoTape applications for hard-to-form parts and structures commonly made with continuous unitape. The part shown in Photo #4 is the secondary structure of a modern military jet, formed with carbon fiber DiscoTape. This material may also benefit the production of composite wind blades, especially those with severe curvatures.
“We believe the forming capabilities of DiscoTape will provide a significant manufacturing advantage in terms of time savings and reduction of scrap material versus the use of continuous unitape”, said John Pepin, President of Pepin Associates. “There is more development work to be done, but our initial results are very promising”, Pepin added. 
The ability of this discontinuous unitape to form complex parts has drawn the attention of Tom Campbell, Applications Engineer at Fiberforge, Inc. Colorado-based Fiberforge is a technology company that has developed a patented manufacturing process for continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic parts. As a leader in thermoplastic advanced composites, Fiberforge delivers cost-effective solutions for manufacturing high-performance products. Fiberforge offers manufacturing equipment, production of composite parts and engineering services to meet their client’s needs. Tom Campbell is evaluating a thermoplastic version of DiscoTape for possible use in aerospace applications.
 “Fiberforge sees significant potential in the DiscoTape process in forming complex parts from thermoplastic composites. The possibility of discontinuous forming behavior in a nearly continuous material is very intriguing and we look forward to exploring the possibilities and bounds of this new material format.” stated Campbell
Technical papers on DiscoTape will be presented by Project Engineers Amber Simmons and Elizabeth Thompson at the 2012 SAMPE Conference May 22-24 in Baltimore. Exhibits by Fiberforge (booth 208) and Pepin Associates (booth 1545) will be on display.
For more information on Pepin Associates’ DiscoTape product, please contact John Simko, Director of Business Development at JohnEdwardSimko@Gmail.com.
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Benjamin
05/16/2012 - 10:05am
Abeking and Rasmussen Explores building wind vessels with Maine Yards

 

Representatives from the renowned German shipbuilder Abeking and Rasmussen toured 7 Maine shipbuilding yards last week. The tour is part of a strategy to introduce new wind service vessels to the US market that qualify under the Jones Act laws.

A&R has developed advanced SWATH vessels that are capable of operating in high sea states while remaining very stable. This is extremely important development for the global offshore wind market. Wind technician crews need to be able to safely access offshore wind facilities during rough weather. It is also important that they do not get seasick during the journey.

The A&R SWATH vessel looks somewhat like a power catamaran, however buoyancy is provided by two subsea pontoons that do not react to the surface conditions of the wind. The initial model being considered for the US market is 25 meters and is also suitable for other markets such as pilot vessels, patrol boats and other ocean energy service.

The tour was arranged in partnership with the Maine Wind Industry Initiative and the Maine International Trade Center. MWII also recently published a wind service vessel market report for Maine boat builders.

A&R was pleased with the presented capabilities of the Maine builders and are continuing discussions to explore effective partnerships with the goal of entering the US market soon.    

 


Benjamin
04/05/2012 - 3:05pm
David T. Edson, LPF, Takes Reins as Sewall President/CEO Former Sewall CEO James H. Page, PhD, assumes role of UMaine System Chancellor

(Old Town, Maine—15 March 2012). James W. Sewall Company, an international professional consulting organization specializing in energy, infrastructure and natural resources, announces today the appointment of David T. Edson, LPF, as President/CEO. He replaces former CEO Dr. James H. Page, who is leaving Sewall to become Chancellor of the University of Maine System.

Mr. Edson has dedicated his professional career to Sewall in leadership roles as President, Executive Vice-President, Chief of Operations, and Vice President of Forestry and Natural Resources. A licensed professional forester, Mr. Edson joined Sewall in 1974 as Forest Technician. As a Senior Analyst, he supervised remote image acquisition, forest inventory and resource analysis for over 25 million acres of forestland in North America. Named Vice President of Forestry and Natural Resources in 1983, he was instrumental in designing and implementing Sewall’s first geographic information system (GIS) for forestland ownership, use and covertype. In 2001, Mr. Edson partnered with Dr. Page, then Sewall’s Executive Vice President, to acquire Sewall, in the process transforming the firm from family to management ownership. During the next decade, Dr. Page as CEO and Mr. Edson as Executive Vice President, and later President, diversified Sewall’s services in engineering, GIS, and forestry consulting to include offerings in web-based enterprise GIS, renewable energy and environmental sciences. They also expanded the firm’s geographic reach to four continents, providing a broad range of strategic services to regional, national and international clients.

According to Dr. Page, “Dave is an instinctive leader who has driven Sewall’s strategic initiatives and operations with a hands-on, collaborative management style. Over the years, he has developed a deep understanding of our clients, their market drivers and evolving needs. As a result, he brings to the role of CEO a unique combination of vision, client focus, and commitment to Sewall and to Sewall’s future.”

Mr. Edson welcomes the challenge of his new position: “We have built a team of talented professionals who can identify root problems and work with our clients to resolve them. We strive to best in class in serving our clients.”

A native of Vermont, Mr. Edson has a BA in American history from Harvard University (1970) and an MS in forestry from the University of Maine (1983). He and his wife Susan have two grown daughters and live in Veazie, Maine.

Founded in 1880, Sewall is an international professional consulting organization specializing in energy, infrastructure and natural resources. The company’s diverse portfolio is based on 132 years' experience in surveying, forest appraisal and civil engineering; 60 years' in aerial mapping; and 30 years' in GIS and application development. To obtain more information, please visit www.sewall.com or contact: Lisa Schoonmaker, at 207-827-4456; schl@sewall.com


Benjamin
04/05/2012 - 2:00pm
News Wrap Up for February-March 2012

Penobscot Nation receives $1M federal grant toward wind development project               

 The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $1 million to the Penobscot Indian Nation that will help the tribe move forward in its attempt to install a 227-megawatt wind project in Alder Stream Township in Franklin County.


 

Maine company ready to install tidal power unit               

With its federal license in hand, a Maine-based tidal energy company is ready to install its underwater power system for the first time on the floor of the ocean.

Ocean Renewable Power Co. aims to begin installation of its first grid-connected power unit in mid-March at a 60-acre site in Cobscook Bay at the nation’s easternmost tip.

The first unit capable of powering 20 to 25 homes will be hooked up to the grid this summer, and four more units will be installed next year at a total cost of $21 million for the project, said Chris Sauer, president and chief executive officer of the Portland-based company.


  

Maine group moves toward early 2013 floating turbine launch

The DeepCwind consortium has requested proposals from vendors for supply of a wind turbine that will mounted on a pilot-scale prototype floating platform that it will build, deploy and begin testing in February 2013 in near-shore state waters off Maine.


 

Portland Middle School Students explore Wind Blade Design 

85 students from the King Middle School produced their versions of innovative wind blade design today. The students are exploring the physics and engineering of wind blade design through expedition learning. This is part of an entire program to learn about renewable energy issues.

Paul Williamson from the Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII) partnered with teacher Gus Goodwin to present a hands on learning project that allowed the students to design and create their own sets of wind blades. Students learned about the three basic elements of wind blade design: profile, Airfoil & Bernoulli's Principle, and pitch. Students also learned that the same elements that drive a wind turbine are those that allow airplanes to fly and sailing vessels to sail.



Portland students promote wind, solar energy 

Casco Bay High School junior Hellen Otto answers questions about her proposal to promote wind power with tax incentives during the "In the Black" symposium Friday, Feb. 9, at the Portland Public Library in Monument Square. Students presented proposals to panels of experts after spending several months researching and developing proposals for energy and environmental issues.


 


Benjamin
03/08/2012 - 4:58pm
Portland Middle School Students explore Wind Blade Design



Left: Paul Williamson from the Maine Wind Industry Initiative works with King Middle School students to refine blade design. Right: King Middle School students test and refine their wind blade designs

85 students from the King Middle School produced their versions of innovative wind blade design today. The students are exploring the physics and engineering of wind blade design through expedition learning. This is part of an entire program to learn about renewable energy issues. 

Paul Williamson from the Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII) partnered with teacher Gus Goodwin to present a hands on learning project that allowed the students to design and create their own sets of wind blades. Students learned about the three basic elements of wind blade design: profile, Airfoil & Bernoulli's Principle, and pitch. Students also learned that the same elements that drive a wind turbine are those that allow airplanes to fly and sailing vessels to sail.  

In teams of three, students then created their own versions of wind blades carving efficient airfoil shaped blades from foam blocks provided by Harbor Technologies in Brunswick, Maine. The Student teams then tested the performance of the blade on test stands with a given wind source. Teams were able to make improvements to their blades while testing. 

“Wind blade design is really just a fantastic vehicle for the exploration of many STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related principles.” according to Paul Williamson. “This activity really allows the students to use those principles to use their own hands and creativity to produce a working model. It also helps them to understand broader issues related to wind energy. ” 

Titled Mini Wind Blade Challenge, the activity is a preliminary  step in learning more about advanced wind blade design. “This is a part of a series of expedition learning that we have been doing around green and renewable energy” Said Gus Godwin. “We will be taking the next step in forming a team to compete in the Maine Wind Blade Challenge.”  

The Maine Wind Blade Challenge is a competition hosted in partnership with the Maine Composites Alliance, MWII and the University of Maine. On April 27 King Middle School will be one of the first two middle schools to compete in the event that until now has only involved high school students. Old Orchard will be the other middle school competing. The wind blades designed for that event will be fully developed advanced composite structures incorporating the principles learned at King Middle School today.


Benjamin
03/08/2012 - 4:51pm
State wide News Wrap Up for January, 2012

Reports highlight potential of Maine ocean power

 

Two recent U.S. Department of Energy reports highlight Maine's potential for producing tidal power. If wave and tidal energy sources were to be fully realized, Maine could generate more than 15 terawatt-hours of electricity a year, or 10% of all tidal power energy produced nationwide.


 

 

Clifton board denies appeal to halt Pisgah wind farm

 

The town of Clifton has rejected an appeal by local farmers to revoke its approval of a five-turbine wind farm project on Pisgah Mountain. The news comes as the developer signs an agreement with Bangor Hydro Electric to supply electricity.

 


 

Developer of Clifton wind farm signs agreement to supply Bangor Hydro with electricity

 

CLIFTON, Maine — With the push for renewable energy part of the national agenda and the Maine Public Utilities Commission directing local utilities to enter into long-term contracts with Community-based Renewable Energy projects, it’s no surprise that small industrial wind projects such as the one planned for Pisgah Mountain are popping up around the state.

The PUC has directed Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. to enter into three 20-year contracts for renewable energy projects — one with Pisgah Mountain LLC, the others with Jonesport Wind LLC and Lubec Wind.

 


 

Passamaquoddy Tribe plans $120M wind farm in Washington County

 

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township and Pleasant Point has partnered with a Midwest energy firm to launch a $120 million wind farm in Washington County. The developers estimate the project will create 50-100 jobs during the construction phase and 15-20 permanent positions once the farm is built, with more jobs anticipated from spinoff development in the future.

 


 

D&G Delivers Wind Testing Fixture

 

D&G Machine Products of Westbrook, Maine Completes machining fixture essential to University of Maine Wind Test Lab. The fixture is part of the expanded AEWC Advanced Structures & Composite Center wind blade prototype and testing facility capable of testing blades up to 70 meters in length.

For more Information: www.dgmachine.comor www.aewc.umaine.edu/

 

First Wind Receives Approval from Maine DEP to Expand Proposed Oakfield Wind Project

 

Approval paves way for next stage of 150 MW Oakfield Wind Project that will deliver even more economic benefits to Aroostook County and enough power for 48,000 homes

 


 

Maine Agencies Sign Deal For Wind Turbine Sound Assessment And Analysis

 




 

Maine's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) have awarded environmental consulting firm HMMH a four-year, on-call contract to provide peer-review consulting services associated with wind turbine sound assessment and analysis.

 



 

BoothBay Harbor Shipyard Acquires Rideout Marine

 

Boothbay Harbor Shipyard has recently acquired Rideout Marine Construction. The new entity has been incorporated as Northeast Marine Construction LLC. This expands capabilities in Marine related construction to compliment the ability for Boothbay Harbor Shipyard to service and maintain marine vessels and offshore equipment. The acquisition is part of a long term strategy to provide services to the growing ocean energy related industry in the Gulf of Maine.

 

 For More Information: www.boothbayharborshipyard.com

 

Kennebec Technologies expands with plans to add staff

 

Kennebec Technologies, a high-precision manufacturer in Augusta, has opened a new wing that it expects to support up to a dozen new jobs with a 4,000-square-foot expansion of the company's headquarters.

Kennebec Technologies manufactures components for the aerospace, semiconductor, energy, medical and telecommunications industries for companies like Boeing, GE, Rolls Royce and Pratt & Whitney.

 


Benjamin
02/10/2012 - 12:12pm
Maine WInd News Wrap up for December 2011 - New Year

 

 


Plans for Maine’s first offshore wind turbine moving quickly

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A deep water wind farm off Maine’s coast moved closer to reality Thursday as state and federal officials got a more detailed look at a Norwegian energy company’s proposal.

Statoil North America Inc., a division of the Norwegian company Statoil ASA, submitted an application in October for a commercial lease to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for an area of ocean that’s about 22 square miles for full assessment of environmental impacts, sea bed conditions and wind speeds. The lease area is about 12 nautical miles offshore of the Boothbay area.


 

R.M. Beaumont Corp provides engineering solutions for global ocean energy market

Just four years out of school, Ryan Beaumont is the owner and founder of R.M. Beaumont Corp. in Brunswick.

Providing cutting technology, His firm has been involved in testing and development of the offshore wind turbines under development by a consortium of businesses and an experimental tidal energy project in Eastport, which is being led by Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. Beaumont and his employees have written one-of-a-kind software that helps coordinate the components of a larger mechanical system. Early success has resulted in to two factors: his firm’s unique dual capabilities in computer programming and mechanical engineering, and being small enough to respond to clients’ needs quickly.


 

 

2 Oxford County Wind Projects Go Online
Two wind turbine projects in Oxford County are operational and on schedule for completion by the end of 2011. Record Hill Wind LLC in Roxbury, which is a 50.6 megawatt project with 22 wind turbines, has commissioned almost all of its turbines and will complete its tests on the rest in a week or two.


 

Newport Fabrication to Provide TidGen Support Frame

Newport Industrial Fabrication Inc. has been selected as the fabricator for Ocean Renewable Power Company's TidGen bottom support frame.  This structure makes excellent use NIF’s space frame experience and coatings expertise.  With this project NIF expands their experience in tidal and wind energy development that will help reduce our need for fossil fuels in the future.

For more on NIF go to http://nif-inc.com

 

 

First WindFloat Successfully Deployed Offshore

Principle Power, Inc. (Principle Power) and Energias de Portugal (EDP) announces the successful offshore deployment of a full-scale 2-megawatt (MW) WindFloat off the coast of Aguçadoura, Portugal. The project is the first offshore wind deployment worldwide which did not require the use of any heavy lift equipment offshore. All final assembly, installation and pre-commissioning of the wind turbine occurred on land in a controlled environment.

In parallel activities Principle Power is working with the University of Maine and the Maine Composites Alliance to develop advanced material application to their design to reduce cost, weight and improve life cycle efficiencies. These activities are supported through a grant from the Maine Technology Institute.


 

 

 

Coast Guard to study future of boat traffic, wind farms

In part to determine how planned offshore wind farms could affect maritime navigation, the U.S. Coast Guard is undertaking a large-scale study of government, commercial and pleasure boat traffic up and down the Atlantic coast.

While the Coast Guard routinely looks at vessel traffic on a port-by-port basis, the study that's now under way is the first to examine waters beyond port entrances, from Maine to Florida. The outcomes could be far-reaching, including recommendations for new international agreements or vessel-routing measures where none exists.


 

The Innovators in Maine Have Plans to Power the Entire State with Offshore Wind

Debates over new sources of energy revolve around trade-offs—and those tradeoff are becoming increasingly desperate. From “drill, baby, drill,” to fracking to the Alberta tar sands commentators tell us that we must accept dirtier and dirtier and riskier and riskier solutions to fulfilling our energy needs….

…What is the greatest opportunity to replace fossil fuels in this country? According to Dr. Habib Dagher of the Advanced Structures & Composites center, it’s offshore wind and Maine turns out to be in a sweet spot for wind energy.

He proposes to partner with and transform the Maine shipbuilding industry into a floating turbine industry. Simply put, the 300 ft tall towers can be built in dry docks at shipbuilding facilities and then floated out into position.

Read The Full Story: http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonykosner/2011/12/16/frack-that-the-inno... ">http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonykosner/2011/12/16/frack-that-the-innovators-in-maine-have-plans-to-power-the-entire-state-with-offshore-wind/

 

 

Maine Wind Blade Challenge Experiences Record Growth in 2012

This year marks the fourth consecutive year for the Maine Wind Blade Challenge and record growth in participating schools. 65 teams registered from 28 Maine schools will compete to design and construct composite wind blades to be tested at U-Maine. With the growth over the 4 years the Wind Blade Challenge one of the most participated STEM events in the region.

The event is a collaborative effort that incorporates STEM guidelines in the classroom and applied composites and energy education in the field. Students are match up to work directly with Maine businesses to use advanced construction techniques to build their blades.


 


Benjamin
01/09/2012 - 8:50am
Maine Wind Blade Challenge Experiences Record Growth in 2012

This year marks the fourth consecutive year for the Maine Wind Blade Challenge and record growth in participating schools. 65 teams registered from 28 Maine schools will compete to design and construct composite wind blades at the University of Maine in April when teams will then test those blades to see how much energy each design can produce. With the growth over the 4 years the Wind Blade Challenge one of the most participated STEM events in the region.

 

Building students’ interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has become a priority for the State of Maine. But building interest is just the beginning, once students are educated in these fields’ graduates need to know how the education translates to jobs. One of the unique aspects of this event is the direct partnership between industry and education that gives students that additional insight.

 

Maine Composites Alliance, Maine Wind Industry Initiative, and the Advanced Structures and Composites Center had both STEM education and industry in mind when they created the Maine Wind Blade Challenge. The event is a collaborative effort that incorporates STEM guidelines in the classroom and applied composites and energy education in the field. Students are match up to work directly with Maine businesses to use advanced construction techniques to build their blades.

 

On the day of the event Maine industry leaders in composites, engineering, alternative energy, construction, and boat building, gather to support and judge the contest. This year 300 Maine students are expected to gather to compete in the Wind Blade Challenge and the partnering Wind Storm Challenge floating wind platform competition.

 

 

For more information about the event you can visit Maine Wind Blade Challenge website: www.mainewindbladechallenge.com, or www.windstormchallenge.com.   


Benjamin
01/05/2012 - 5:58pm
News Round up for November -December 2011

Application Submitted for Ocean Wind Energy Project by Statoil

On November 30, federal regulators announced they have received a completed lease application for a pilot-scale wind power project in deep water south of Boothbay. State and federal members of the Maine Task Force of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will meet to review the unsolicited request for a lease for a wind-energy project from Norwegian-based gas and oil company Statoil on December 8 at the Marriot Hotel in South Portland, at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public, with limited opportunity for public comment.

 

The project is considered the first-of-its-kind prototype of a floating-platform turbine wind farm. In 2009, Statoil erected the first floating wind turbine off the coast of Norway. This project would be considered small in scale in comparison to other wind projects, but would be the largest floating turbine project in the world, according to Statoil spokesman Ola Morten Aanestad.

Full Article at:


 

 

Main(e) International Consulting LLC releases updated Floating Offshore Wind Report

Main(e) international Consulting LL has released an updated overview report detailing the efforts to design and develop floating wind platforms in the United States, Japan and Europe. The report identifies and catalogues the industry consortia and projects in each region. According to Annette Bossler, Principal at Main(e) International Consulting and author of the report, “It is important to understand the amount of activity and rate of technology development globally for floating wind. In the next 2 years we will see numerous full scale pilots launched in addition to the scale model tests already planned or ongoing. Floating technology is approaching the commercial application stage and should no longer be considered niche and an unreachable goal”.


 

 

Iberdrola Engineering starts erecting its first wind turbines in the US

Iberdrola brands itself as the US’s second largest wind operator, already possessing over 5 GW of wind capacity across the country. Now its engineering subsidiary, Iberdrola Engineering and Construction, is moving into wind farm construction in the US.

 

Iberdrola Energy Projects Inc. first facility is being built in Groton in the State of New Hampshire.  The facility will comprise 24 model G-87, 2 MW wind turbines manufactured by Gamesa.

 

The Groton contract is a further addition to the project that was recently awarded to the Company's subsidiary to provide audit & compliance services for the MPRP (Maine Power Reliability Program) project commissioned by Central Maine Power, a company belonging to Iberdrola USA. Iberdrola Engineering also recently implemented its launch of an integral service model for grid projects at Iberdrola USA.

 Full Article at:


 

New CMP line preps area for turbines

Billed as a stepping stone to accommodate the future integration of wind-generated electricity, Central Maine Power Co. began construction this week of a transmission line between Moscow and Benton.

Full Article at:


 

Newport Industrial Fabrication delivers Hyundia wind components

Newport Industrial Fabrication Inc. of Newport Maine recently completed and delivered an order for Hyundai Heavy Industries. The order included embedment plates and template rings for towers being installed as part of the 2MW Hyundai wind turbine “The Independence” being installed by Kingston Wind Independence in Kingston Massachusetts. This is the largest turbine erected in Massachusetts to date.

Newport Industrial Fabrication Inc. is a steel fabrication and manufacturing company with experience providing wind products such as embedment plates, and coating services for components including hubs and shafts.

 

 

Oakfield OKs First Wind TIF

Residents in the northern Maine town of Oakfield have approved a tax increment financing agreement with First Wind for its $300 million wind farm.

 

The TIF is expected to provide the town with $16.5 million in benefits over 20 years, and result in $200 million in new taxable developments, the Bangor Daily News reported. As part of the agreement, Evergreen Wind, a First Wind subsidiary, will establish a community benefits fund with the town, which Oakfield can use at its discretion to fund new or existing community and economic development programs. Residents voted 81-22 in favor of the TIF.

 

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection in January 2010 approved the 34-turbine wind farm, though the company later amended the project to include 50 turbines. The DEP is still reviewing the amended project. First Wind hopes to secure additional permits over the winter and begin building the project next year.

Full Article at:


 

First Wind Announces Agreement with Vestas

to Purchase 77 V100-1.8 MW Turbines.

As part of the purchase agreement with Vestas, First Wind will deploy 19 V100-1.8 MW turbines to First Wind’s proposed 34 MW Bull Hill Wind project on Bull Hill and Heifer Hill in Hancock County, Maine. The Bull Wind project will generate enough clean, renewable electricity to power approximately 15,000 New England (or Maine) homes. The output produced at Bull Hill will be sold to NSTAR via a long-term power purchase agreement which was approved in August 2011.

 

In addition to the Bull Hill project, 58 V100-1.8 MW turbines will be deployed to the company’s 105 MW Palouse Wind project in Washington.

Full Article at:


Benjamin
12/06/2011 - 2:33pm
Maine Industry Delegation Explores Wind Tower Manufacturing

Maine Delegation at DSTN11/30/2011 A delegation of Maine businesses and organizations recently toured the new DSTN-DSME Wind Tower Manufacturing plant in Nova Scotia. Organized and led by the Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII) to evaluate opportunities for Maine companies to be part of the supply chain network for DSTN, the delegation also explored future tower production capabilities in Maine.

 DSTN-DSME Trenton, a partnership between Daewoo shipbuilding and the Province of Nova Scotia, manufactures wind towers and blades in Trenton. Tower production began this year, and blade production is expected to begin in 2012.

The delegation that included representatives from MWII, Cianbro, Bath Iron Works, Newport Industrial Fabrication, and the Maine International Trade center were given a full tour the facility that was converted from train car manufacturing to tower manufacturing. The full process of receiving raw materials, steel rolling, assembly and finish was demonstrated. DSTN pointed out specific component and process opportunities that Maine companies may be able to fulfill.

 Tower manufacturing may represent an opportunity for local large scale wind product manufacturing in Maine. Tower designs and technologies are not as technically complicated as wind turbine and blade work. In addition, Maine has a strong steel fabrication sector that includes many companies with the necessary skill sets. However, the initial capital investment in the equipment and buildings to roll, assemble and finish the huge tower sections (some as large at 14 feet in diameter) would need to be very large. Any local effort to establish such work would require a mature market to sell into. This market may form as continued onshore wind development is augmented by the development of offshore wind projects along the Atlantic coast.

The visit to DSTN-DSME follows a visit by a DSTN/Daewoo delegation to Maine in September to see supply chain resources and market opportunities in Maine. MWII coordinated meetings with the University of Maine, steel and composite manufacturing companies, groups representing wind energy development, and workforce skill development entities.

As a result of both delegation visits, parties agreed that the location and resources found in Maine and Nova Scotia have strong partnership possibilities that will be further developed in the coming months.       

        

Picture Caption: DSTN and Maine Businesses meet in Nova Scotia: (Left to right) Brad Murray, DSTN; Matt Proctor, Cianbro; Bill Follett, Cianbro; Dan Gerry, Newport Industrial Fab.; Lisa Read, Bath Iron Works; Jennifer Henderson, DSTN; Daniel Kim; DSTN, Paul Williamson, MWII; taken by Annette Bossler, Maine International Trade Center.

 


Benjamin
12/02/2011 - 3:52pm
Registration opens for Maine Wind Blade Challenge

Posted on November 15, 2011 by Maine Department of Education | Leave a comment
Registration for the 2012 Maine Wind Blade Challenge is now open, and students are encouraged to sign up for the competition that challenges them to design wind blades and work with composites professionals to perfect the finished product.


The competition takes place on April 27, 2012, at the University of Maine in Orono.


The Maine Wind Blade Challenge is a program developed by the Maine Composites Alliance (MCA) and Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII) to inspire today’s high school students — the next generation workforce — to explore alternative energy and advanced materials, while participating in hands-on applications of math, science and engineering.


In 2011, the competition included 40 teams and 227 students. Teams traveled to the event in Orono from all over Maine: including Sanford, Eastport and Presque Isle.


In preparation for the 2012 competition, teams of student participants will work between December and April on the design and construction of their wind blades.  Schools will be assigned partners with a Maine composites manufacturing business to complete the composite production of the blades.


For more information and a registration form, please contact Stacey Palmer with the Maine Composites Alliance: wbc@mainecompositesalliance.org. Information is also available on the Maine Wind Blade Challenge website at http://mainewindbladechallenge.com/.


Benjamin
11/16/2011 - 11:36am
Maine Wind News Round up for October 2011

Maine to Host Regional Wind Conference

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII) and Renew are pleased to announce the first Northeast Regional Wind Energy conference.  In an effort to meet growing interest and demands to explore the specific issues related to wind energy development in the Northeast US, AWEA,MWII and Renew have partnered to provide a comprehensive technical conference. The conference will include information integral to the development of both onshore and offshore wind within the Northeastern region. The partnership is exploring the opportunities to host the conference in the early fall, 2012. More information to come soon.

 

 

Wind Power Economics Discussed at UMaine

The economic costs and benefits associated with wind energy as compared with other energy sources were analyzed at a University of Maine forum on Wednesday, October 26, by economists, an energy analyst, and an electricity transmission expert from Central Maine Power.

Read the full story:


 

 

Coalition wants 20% of Maine power from renewable energy sources

Representatives from three Maine businesses, an electricians union and environmental groups held a press conference at Bangor Public Library on Thursday to announce the start of a petition drive for a ballot initiative that would require Maine’s utilities to increase the percent of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020.

Read the full story:


 

Wind on Air

Former Governor Angus King of Independence Wind and Paul Williamson from MWII discuss Maine wind energy issues on WLOB radio. To listen to the interviews

Click here (interviews immediately follow 19 hints)


Benjamin
11/11/2011 - 12:58pm
Maine Wind News Wrap up for September 2011

Maine Displays Wind Business Competence at National Event

September 29, 2011

Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII) leads Maine wind industry exhibit at the AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER.

PORTLAND, ME, September 29, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII) is diligently working to develop Maine's competitive advantages and to attract business opportunities for Maine companies in the wind industry sector. On October 11-13, MWII will spearhead a Maine wind business exhibit at the AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, taking place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland.

Read the Full Story – or for more on exhibiting businesses click on links below.


 

Europeans look to UMaine for answer to wind energy problems

ORONO, Maine — European officials are looking to the University of Maine’s offshore wind efforts to boost the amount of wind power produced on the continent and to ease public distaste for wind turbines.

Officials from Italy, Germany and Norway visited UMaine’s Offshore Wind Laboratory on Tuesday to get a preview of plans to install a 500-megawatt floating wind turbine farm in the Gulf of Maine by 2020.


 

Eastern Maine wind project approved

A Down East wind farm that would produce enough electricity to supply the needs of 12,000 to 15,000 homes was approved Wednesday by Maine development regulators.

 The Land Use Regulation Commission voted 6-0, with one absentee, to approve the $78 million energy project. It is to be built on 100 acres of private land owned by a forestry firm, Lakeville Shores.


 

An Update on the Maine Ocean Energy Pilot Project

From Paul Williamson

I recently met with the Maine Public Utility Commission to discuss the current development of the Maine 25MW Offshore Wind and Tidal Energy Pilot project. They were able to provide the following information on the progress of the project. 


 

University Of Maine Receives Grant To Develop Longer Offshore Wind Blades

The U.S. Commerce Department has awarded a $3 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the University of Maine to help equip the Offshore Wind Energy Laboratory at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center with state-of-the-art wind energy technology.


 

Maine Firms to get over $5 million for clean energy research

The Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) and the engineering firm Stantec will get over $5 million from the Department of Energy (DOE) to help conduct new research to speed up the development of new offshore wind energy.

BRI, in Gorham, Maine, will get a $4.5 million federal grant to conduct new research on the movement of marine life in areas where new wind turbines could be built.

Stantec in Topsham, Maine, will receive $600,000 from the DOE to develop new technology to monitor bird and bat activity around proposed offshore wind developments.


 


Benjamin
10/06/2011 - 11:37am
An Update on the Maine Ocean Energy Pilot Project

From Paul Williamson

I recently met with the Maine Public Utility Commission to discuss the current development of the Maine 25MW Offshore Wind and Tidal Energy Pilot project. They were able to provide the following information on the progress of the project. 

The Maine PUC issued a request for proposals for offshore wind energy pilot projects and tidal energy demonstration projects September 2010.  The Maine PUC received serious bids from wind and tidal developers on May 1, 2011 and the Maine PUC staff has been involved in evaluating these proposals and meeting with bidders throughout the summer.   

Although the specific terms of the bids and the identities of the bidders are considered confidential at this time, the Maine PUC staff is continuing to work with the bidders to refine the details of the proposals and the pricing with the intention of developing term sheets for consideration by the full Commission.  The MPUC process is moving forward with the expectation that, by year end, the MPUC will be in a position to formally consider proposal term sheets and identify any proposals and developers with whom the PUC staff will proceed with long-term power purchase contract negotiations.


Benjamin
10/06/2011 - 10:46am
AWEA Offshore Wind Conference

MWII is exhibiting at AWEA Offshore in Baltimore, Oct 11-13 in the Maine Wind Pavilion.  If you are going to this exhibition & conference come visit us at booth 331.   Click Here for more on our Exhibiting Businesses


Benjamin
09/29/2011 - 11:50am
Maine Wind News Round up for August 2011

A brief news round up with links to full articles.

 

University Of Maine Receives Grant To Develop Longer Offshore Wind Blades

The U.S. Commerce Department has awarded a $3 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the University of Maine to help equip the Offshore Wind Energy Laboratory at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center with state-of-the-art wind energy technology.

According to the EDA, the project will establish the U.S.' only facility capable of designing, manufacturing and testing prototype wind blades of up to 70 meters in length.


 

Department of the Interior Secretary Salazar visits the Advanced Structures and Composites Center

Senator Susan Collins invited U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Salazar to see first-hand the deepwater offshore wind research at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Dr. Habib Dagher led Salazar, Collins, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Ned Farquhar, Director of National Park Services John Jarvis, Director of the Maine Office of Energy Independence Ken Fletcher, and University of Maine President Paul Ferguson through the new Offshore Wind Laboratory. The tour highlighted the laboratory’s capabilities and the progress of the DeepCwind Consortium’s Research Program.

After the tour, Secretary Salazar expressed to the students, staff, and press his impressions of the tour. With new understanding of the economical, academic, and industrial potentials of deepwater offshore wind, Salazar promised to help streamline the leasing of federal waters for research and development of test sites and farms. “I don’t want to wait six months and I don’t want to wait a year,” he said. “Time is of the essence.”

For more information: www.deepcwind.org.

 

Plarad and NMCC train using advanced Tool Systems

Following up an a significant donation of advanced torque wrench systems to the Northern Maine Community College Wind Turbine Technician Program, Plarad visited NMCC this August to train staff on proper use of the tools. The tools are some of the most advanced in the industry and are design to capture labor efficiencies while ensuring quality and providing a automatic record of work completed.

For more on Plarad tools, www.plarad.com;


 

Maine Maritime Museum hosts wind exhibition

History has a way of repeating itself as a new age of harnessed wind has begun on the Maine coast.

From staff reports

BATH — The latest exhibition at the Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., demonstrates how for centuries, Maine residents have harnessed wind to propel commerce and how the desire for environmentally friendly energy sources has us turning toward the wind yet again. "Aloft! Topsails to Turbines" is on view from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Nov. 27.

 


Or for more information: 443-1316; mainemaritimemuseum.org

 

Record Hill Wind Components Arrive

WEST PARIS — A 240-foot wind turbine tower headed north on Route 26 recently was the third of 22 headed to the Record Hill wind project in Roxbury.

The towers, bases and blades are now being transported as they arrive by ship in Searsport, just northeast of Belfast on the Midcoast.

The wind farm is expected to produce 122 million kilowatt hours per year. The project was approved by the Department of Environmental Protection in 2009 and is expected to be producing green energy by the end of the year.


  

Maine Wind Project Wins $102 Million U.S. Loan Guarantee

The U.S. Department of Energy finalized a $102 million loan guarantee that will support construction of a 50.6-megawatt wind power plant and an 8-mile-long transmission line in Maine.

The Record Hill Wind project plans to add advanced sensor systems and processing technology to 22-turbines, which will allow them to operate in rough weather when other turbines would have to shut down.


 


Hurricane Irene and its Impact on Wind Farms

In the past decade, wind turbines have sprouted up along the East Coast in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. As more wind farms are built in coastal areas and even offshore a common question has been: How will turbines withstand hurricanes? Through the anecdotal stories below, we can conclude that wind turbines along the East Coast performed exceptionally well before, during and after Irene.


 

 

 

 


Benjamin
09/07/2011 - 4:09pm
Maine Wind News Roundup: July 2011


A brief round up in Maine Wind Industry News:

 Maine wind energy near 22 percent of 2015 goals
July 26, 2011

Maine is poised to surpass a milestone of 200 wind turbines by year's end with four grid-scale wind farm projects built in Maine. Two wind energy projects more are under construction.

After last week's ribbon-cutting at the Rollins wind farm in Penobscot County, Maine has four major wind farms, also including Kibby Mountain, Mars Hill and Stetson Mountain. Construction is under way at two more, Spruce Mountain in Woodstock and Record Hill near Rumford.

The Maine Renewable Energy Association says power produced from the entire completed or approved wind farm projects will put the state past 21 percent of the 2,000 megawatt wind power goal set by state law. Two other proposals for large wind farms are in permitting reviews.


 


July 21, Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) rolled out legislation to provide critical financial incentives for the investment in offshore wind energy. Joining the Senators as cosponsors are Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

The Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act improves market stability by providing investment tax credits for the first 3,000 MW of offshore wind facilities placed into service. Senator Snowe: "This legislation provides a clear and consistent tax credit that will put our nation on the path to achieving our goal of operating 20 percent wind energy by 2030...”


 

Researchers Investigate Historical Objects at the UMaine Deepwater Offshore Wind Test Site

UMaine with Pemaquid Art & Science, Inc. and Ocean Surveys Inc. conducted a survey of the UMaine Deepwater Offshore Wind Test Site for potential submerged archaeological objects, such as remains of shipwrecks. They analyzed areas in the test site with water depth greater than 60 m (200 ft.) primarily using marine magnetometer and side scan sonar geophysical survey equipment. They also conducted high (chirp) and low (boomer) frequency sub-bottom profile surveys to identify sediment thickness.

The official report cited one possible artifact outside of the test site and construction area, but recommended, instead of further historic archaeological study, creating a buffer around the object.

For more visit www.deepcwind.org

 

DeepCwind Consortium’s First Internship Program a Success

The DeepCwind Education and Outreach team is conducting exit interviews with the interns and hosts who participated in the first consortium-wide internship program.

If your company or organization would like to participate in the program by hosting an intern during the summer of 2012, contact James Passanisi, Project Coordinator for Renewable Energy Curriculum at the University of Maine: 207.581.2249 and james.passanisi@umit.maine.edu.

For more visit www.deepcwind.org

 

Wind blade repair: Planning, safety, flexibility

An important challenge that is getting more attention among wind farm managers and the composites industry: wind blade maintenance and repair. These structures are exposed constantly to mechanical and heat load cycles. Each is struck by lightning at least once in its lifetime, must withstand the force of wind and all the debris it brings with it and, thus, must be regularly maintained to remain functional.

 

Tackling maintenance and repair issues and their increasing complexity were two speakers at CompositesWorld’s 2011 Wind and Ocean Energy Seminar, held in April in Portland, Maine: Malcolm Rosenow and Juan Borges.


 

This Month’s Maine Wind Company Profile:

Sargent Corporation is a 75 year old, family owned company that specializes is massive earthmoving projects. Over the years projects including Wind Power, Highways, Landfills, Environmental, Airports, Retail, and Utilities projects in New England and the Mid-Atlantic Region. Sargent has or is currently Constructing the following wind power projects: Mars Hill, Stetson I, Lempster NH, Kibby Mtn., Stetson II, and Record Hill Wind. Sargent provides consultant services to Owners and Developers prior to permit submission along with budget estimates.

See More about Sargent and other Maine Wind companies here:


 


Benjamin
08/02/2011 - 3:18pm
Maine Sen. Snowe & Delware Sen. Carper : Tax Credit Bill to Promote Offshore Wind Energy

July 21, Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) rolled out legislation to provide critical financial incentives for the investment in offshore wind energy. Joining the Senators as cosponsors are Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). 

The Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act improves market stability by providing investment tax credits for the first 3,000 MW of offshore wind facilities placed into service. These tax credits are important because there is a much longer lead time for the permitting and construction of new offshore wind turbine technologies, compared to onshore wind energy. Companies awarded the tax credit have five years to install the project. It will not be possible to combine the tax credit with other related tax credits. 

"Offshore wind is an American resource that has enormous electricity generation potential that is more consistent than onshore wind while located adjacent to major cities," said Senator Snowe, "This legislation provides a clear and consistent tax credit that will put our nation on the path to achieving our goal of operating 20 percent wind energy by 2030 and develop an incentive for energy companies to invest in this breakthrough technology. I applaud Senator Carper's leadership in developing this legislation and look forward to working with my colleagues on the Finance Committee to enact this bill into law." Senator Snowe is a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee which provides oversight over tax issues. 

"This legislation is essential to encourage the continued growth of this fledgling industry," said Sen. Carper. "Guaranteeing these tax incentives for the first 3,000 MW will spur the industry to get these projects up and running, and encourage further development even in these challenging economic times. This support will allow companies like NRG Bluewater Wind to continue to invest in clean, stable wind energy off our nation's shores in places like Delaware. Harnessing our nation's offshore wind will give us reliable, clean energy; create good-paying American jobs in manufacturing and construction; and reduce harmful pollution that damages our lungs and impacts our climate." 

The potential environmental and economic benefits for the US are impressive. The University of Delaware calculates the winds off the Atlantic Coast have the potential of generating 330 Giga-watts of power. That is equal to approximately 300 nuclear or large coal power plants. The University of Maine estimates that as many as 15,000 new jobs can be created by reaching the official state goals of 5 GW of offshore wind.  

"Offshore wind has great promise to generate tremendous amounts of clean, affordable energy," said Senator Menendez. "This targeted, temporary incentive will be critical in jumpstarting the industry and creating thousands of jobs." 

"An investment in offshore wind energy is an investment in our country's economic future and national security," said Senator Coons. "I've seen the opportunities from the NRG Bluewater Wind project off Delaware's coast and understand the hurdles this company and many other developers are facing to get their projects off the ground. However, I'm encouraged by this bipartisan legislation to expand offshore wind energy through targeted tax incentives. By tapping the offshore wind energy sector, we are further ensuring our country remains a leader in clean, renewable energy development that will create a wealth of new high-tech jobs in the region." 

"While offshore wind has the potential to create good jobs, limit our dependence on foreign sources of energy, and reduce carbon pollution, the industry needs the long-term planning horizon this bill would provide," said Senator Whitehouse. "Sites such as Quonset Point in Rhode Island stand ready to create jobs by building turbines for offshore wind farms, creating a new domestic manufacturing industry and bringing much-needed economic development." 

 There are offshore wind projects proposed and being permitted in Delaware, Rhode Island, and New Jersey Massachusetts, Maine and the Great Lakes states.


Benjamin
08/02/2011 - 2:45pm
DeepCwind Consortium's Classroom Activity Receives Teacher Feedback

K-12 teachers from around Maine gathered at the Engineering in STEM Education: Pedagogy, Pathways, and Planning Conference June 21 in Northport where representatives from the DeepCwind Consortium discussed their program. The team shared progress of the high school summer internship program and Windstorm Challenge, and then presented the Inventing a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Platform Activity. Teachers had the opportunity to comment about the curriculum: how it integrates into the classroom, cooperation with the Maine Learning Results, and ways to improve statewide accessibility of the programs.


FMI visit deepcwind.org.


Benjamin
07/12/2011 - 2:48pm
First Wind pursues plan for farm on Bowers Mountain

LINCOLN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- State regulators are holding public hearings on a company's plan to build a new wind project.


 


First Wind, an energy company based in Boston, wants to place 27 wind turbines on the Bowers Mountain ridge line from Carroll Plantation to Kossuth Township.


Read the Full Story


 


 


Benjamin
07/12/2011 - 2:46pm
Researchers Investigate Using Composites to Lower Floating Offshore Wind Costs

DeepCwind Consortium researchers at the University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center are integrating composite materials into deepwater floating offshore wind structures. Many wind turbine components are composed of steel, which is both heavy and expensive. As offshore turbines grow larger, the substructures are expected to increase in size and therefore cost. Researchers believe that composites may be a suitable alternative to steel by lightening the weight of the larger turbines, which will have a trickle down effect on the weight and resulting cost of the substructure. In addition to weight savings, composites offer the increased corrosion resistance and durability in a marine environment.


FMI visit deepcwind.org


Benjamin
07/12/2011 - 2:43pm
Ocean Energy Conference in Portland Draws Hundreds

06/14/2011


The two-day conference is drawing participants from across the globe for a look at all aspects of offshore renewable energy.


Hundreds of stakeholders from the ocean energy industry converged on Portland this morning for the start of a two-day international conference looking at every aspect of offshore renewable energy.


 Many regard Maine as a leader in the field of offshore wind power, thanks largely to research being done at the University of Maine.


 The conference's keynote speaker, Dr. Christopher Hart, offshore wind manager with the U.S. Department of Energy, says securing large-scale investment is key to achieving this goal.


Read the Full Story


 


Benjamin
07/12/2011 - 2:38pm
Economic development in offshore power touted at closing day of Energy Ocean International conference

 


     Gov. Paul LePage's energy czar on June 16th said the administration sees economic development potential from the development of offshore energy. 


     In recent weeks, there have been various media reports on exactly where LePage's administration stood on the development of offshore wind, in particular. At the closing day of the EnergyOcean International 2011 conference, Kenneth Fletcher, director of the governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security, spoke to clarify the administration's stance.


"I think the real opportunity we see, the administration sees, is through our research and development, manufacturing and assembly - we would like to have Maine become the pre-emptive leader, at least on the East Coast," said Fletcher.


Read the Full Story


 


Benjamin
07/12/2011 - 2:33pm
2011 Wind Blade and Wind Storm Challenge Winners

University of Maine and Maine Composites Alliance Announce Winners of the 2011 Maine

Wind Blade Challenge and DeepCwind Consortium’s Windstorm Challenge.

ORONO, Maine –May 13, 2011- The University of Maine’s AEWC Advanced Structures and

Composites Center and the Maine Composites Alliance (MCA) with the Maine Wind Industry

Initiative (MWII) welcomed students from schools all across Maine to the third annual Maine Wind

Blade Challenge and to the first DeepCwind Consortium’s Windstorm Challenge on Friday, May 13.

More than 300 students from over 30 schools competed at the events.

 

The Maine Wind Blade Challenge was developed by Maine Composites Alliance in partnership with

the Advanced Structures and Composites Center and the Maine Wind Industry Initiative to inspire

student exploration of alternative energy and advanced materials by participating in a hands-on

application of math, science and engineering. The Wind Blade Challenge partnered high school

teams with Maine advanced composites manufacturers to research, design, and manufacture model

wind blades. Each team competed to generate the most energy over a 2-minute period and their

presentations illustrating their research, design, and engineering processes were judged.

 

The Windstorm Challenge asked teams of middle and high school students to design and construct

a floating platform for a scale model wind turbine and deliver a business plan and sales pitch to a

panel of expert judges. Teams were critiqued on technical feasibility and aesthetic design of their

platform, as well as the quality of their sales pitch.

 

Wind Blade Challenge results: A team of seven students from Jay High School placed 1st; a team of

two from Region 10 Technical School in Brunswick placed 2nd; and a class from Westbrook High

School placed 3rd.

 

Windstorm Challenge results: Team “Ace of Spades” from the Maine School of Science and

Mathematics placed 1st; Team “Floating Ducks” from Mt. Blue High School placed 2nd; and “Team

Syracuse” from Lake Region High School placed 3rd.

 

The two winning teams were awarded an internship worth up to $20,000. Acceptance of the

internship award requires enrollment at the University of Maine and entails four years of work at

the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. More information about both challenges can be


Benjamin
06/06/2011 - 4:02pm
Maine Wind Week

The second annual Maine Wind Energy Week May 9-15.

 

For the 2nd year, the second week of May is officially Maine Wind Week with a number of public activities to allow Maine citizens to learn more about wind energy in Maine. These activities include opportunities for the public to meet companies involved in creating wind energy projects as well as understand the technology involved in creating these products. The following is a brief schedule and description of events.

 

Maine Wind Blade Challenge, May 13th, University of Maine, Orono. The 3rd annual Maine Wind Blade & Storm Challenge will be hosted by the University of Maine AWEC Advanced Structures and Composite Center and the Maine Composites Alliance in partnership with the Maine Wind Industry Initiative. School Teams are invited to design and build the most efficient wind blades which will be tested in a competitive setting. For the first time this year the competition will include the Wind Storm Challenge, a floating wind turbine design competition. The event includes exhibitions and demonstrations from Maine wind and composite companies. www.mainewindbladechallenge.com; www.windstormchallenge.com.

 

NMCC Wind Technician Graduation, May 14th Presque Isle Maine. The first class of students from the new Northern Maine Community College Wind Technician Program will graduate earning recognized associates degrees. NMCC's Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 10:00 a.m. at the Forum.  http://www.nmcc.edu/media/download_gallery/NR11055.pdf 

 

 

2011 East Grand Adventure Race, May 14th, Danforth Maine. The East Grand Adventure Race, hosted by the East Grand High School Outdoor Education Program, is an exciting multifaceted race that includes mountain biking, orienteering, climbing and canoeing. The biking leg of the adventure runs along the magnificent highlands for the Stetson Mountain Wind Project and is sponsored by First Wind. During this leg participants enjoy a close up experience of wind turbines generating clean energy for Maine. http://www.eastgrandschool.org/adventure-race.

 

Movie Premier: Wind Energy in Maine: Clean, Renewable, and Homegrown; May 15th, Penobscot Theater, Bangor Maine.  The second Annual Maine Wind Week will culminate with the premier showing of Wind Energy in Maine, a film looking at the efforts to develop clean renewable energy here in Maine using local talents and resources with a look Maine’s future generations. The film trailer can be seen at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5VKMuyziNQ&feature=youtu.be


Benjamin
05/10/2011 - 10:57am
The University of Maine-led DeepCwind Consortium to test 1:50 scale model deepwater floating offshore wind platforms

Wageningen, THE NETHERLANDS– Students and researchers from the University of Maine are traveling to The Netherlands in April and May to test three scale model deepwater floating offshore wind platforms as part of the DeepCwind Consortium research initiative. The results will be used to design deepwater offshore wind farms in the Gulf of Maine.

Over the course of six weeks, students and researchers will subject three 1:50 scale model platforms to wind and wave testing at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN). The model design and construction was led by Dr. Richard Kimball of Maine Maritime Academy with the help of University of Maine Civil and Structural Engineering graduate student Heather R. Martin, two undergraduate students, Eulan Patterson (dual major in Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Rachael Joyce (Civil and Structural Engineering), and consultant and UMaine graduate Ryan Beaumont. All three students are Maine natives. Dr. Andrew Goupee, research engineer at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, is overseeing the testing.

The researchers will spend 16-hour days subjecting the scale models to scaled wind and wave tests that mimic the Gulf of Maine in side-by-side comparison tests. No such data has ever before been created. The testing is funded by a National Science Foundation-Partnerships for Innovation grant.

Contact: Elizabeth Viselli at elizabeth.viselli@umit.maine.edu

(207) 581-2831


Benjamin
04/19/2011 - 11:48am
Model Floating Turbine and Platform Testing Advances

The DeepCwind Consortium researchers for floating turbine design and lab testing will be taking a 1:50 scale model floating turbine and platform to Marin, a wave basin testing facility in the Netherlands. The testing will proceed in three phases: first, a fixed-base turbine with wind; second, a turbine atop a floating platform with waves; and third, a turbine atop a floating platform with combined wind and waves. The objective of the tests is to validate numerical models for floating wind turbines, which is critical to the design and optimization of these structures.

FMI visit deepcwind.org.


Benjamin
02/07/2011 - 11:24am
DeepCwind Wind Consortium’s Design and Testing Team Heads to MIT

The DeepCwind Consortium researchers for floating turbine design and lab testing are preparing a 1:130 scale turbine to test at the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel on the MIT campus in Massachusetts in February. Researchers will test the turbine at a variety of wind speeds and blade pitch angles. Torque and the resulting power generation will be measured and used to inform numerical modeling and design of a 1:50 scale model to be tested in April.

FMI visit deepcwind.org.


Benjamin
02/07/2011 - 11:23am
JOINT UMAINE/OCEAN ENERGY INSTIUTE INITIATIVE TO HONOR SIMMONS LEGACY, FURTHER OCEAN ENERGY OBJECTIVES

Jan. 23, 2010

  

ROCKLAND -- A generous donation from the family of the late Matthew R.

Simmons, the founder and chair of the Ocean Energy Institute (OEI), along with all the gifts from friends and colleagues given to OEI in his memory, will create opportunities for the University of Maine to further the OEI objectives rooted in his visionary perspectives on the vast potential of ocean resources to provide clean energy options.

 

UMaine will establish a Matthew R. Simmons Ocean Energy Initiative Fund in its development office to pick up the OEI mantle and support work that will advance ocean energy research and development, education, commercialization and outreach efforts.

 

The Ocean Energy Institute itself will cease operations on January 31, 2011.

 

Matthew Simmons founded OEI in 2007 to create a think tank to promote the various forms of ocean energy. He was a leading oil and gas energy investment banker who saw the need for renewable ocean energy to help reduce the world's dependency on supply-dependent fossil fuels.

 

His untimely August 2010 death constituted a "major loss" for the institute, according to managing director Robert West.

 

"Matt was an internationally known visionary leader, and a major supporter of renewable energy efforts," West says. "This collaboration with UMaine will serve as a fitting tribute and will provide useful ways for OEI and its advocates to support UMaine's internationally recognized ocean energy research initiatives."

 

UMaine's relevant key initiatives include its central place in the DeepCwind Consortium, which brings together private sector concerns, nonprofits and universities to further establish Maine's national leadership role in deepwater offshore wind research and technology development.

 

"Matt's leadership was instrumental in focusing attention and resources on ocean-based energy sources," says UMaine President Robert Kennedy, who is an OEI board member.  "The initiative that bears his name will help us foster the collaborative arrangements involving public and private sector entities that will help our state continue as an established leader in this vital area.  We are proud to continue OEI's work and we are most thankful for the generosity of Ellen Simmons, the entire Simmons family and all those associated with OEI."

 

OEI will close its Rockland offices and transfer all its assets, including Matthew Simmons' library of works, to UMaine's AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center, which is home to UMaine's research and development activity in deepwater offshore wind.

 

"We will continue to forge ahead with Matt's vision to create ocean energy opportunities for our state, nation and world," says Habib Dagher, director of the UMaine center and the DeepCwind Consortium.

"Matt was a wonderful friend, a brilliant businessman and a great leader with whom we shared a common vision. We are particularly thankful to the Simmons family for entrusting us to carry on Matt's legacy."

 

Among its accomplishments since 2007, The Ocean Energy Institute was instrumental in identifying the vast potential for offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine and advocating for its development and use for the benefit of the people of Maine. OEI's and UMaine's early findings spurred the establishment of the Ocean Energy Task Force in 2008-2009, leading to policy, legislation, and the establishment of offshore ocean energy test sites.  OEI supported the early development of the DeepCwind program at UMaine. Its efforts were recognized in June when Simmons and the Institute received the 2010 Energy Ocean Pioneer Award for Education. UMaine received that same award in 2009.


Benjamin
02/07/2011 - 11:21am
A conversation with outgoing Gov. John Baldacci




Posted Nov. 19, 2010, at 11:04 p.m.

...Baldacci’s interest in working on energy issues post-governor is no secret. He has made development of renewable energy — particularly wind energy — a major focal point of his administration even before the oil crisis of 2008 when “going green” became a national trend.

The administration enacted rules to expedite the regulatory review process for land-based wind farms — much to the dismay of the industry’s critics and some landowners — and has also sought to streamline the permitting process for projects that tap into the winds and tides in the Gulf of Maine to produce electricity.

The Baldacci administration has touted the use of biomass energy and invested large sums in household and commercial weatherization projects.

“I want us to maximize those resources so that we can become more energy dependent on our own resources and not dependent on others, and I think that’s what our country needs to do more of,” Baldacci said.

“I’m very passionate about that and I care about that. So I would imagine wherever I’m located I will try to continue to espouse those themes.”

 


Benjamin
11/22/2010 - 10:35am
Statoil To Divest From Land Projects To Further Focus On Offshore Wind

Norwegian-based oil and gas company Statoil has decided to further focus on offshore wind turbines as part of its strategy for renewable energy. The decision reflects the strong international growth in this segment, according to the company.
 

 


 


Benjamin
11/12/2010 - 10:31am
Maine to Host World's Leading Ocean Energy Conference in 2011

Maine to Host World's Leading Ocean Energy Conference in 2011,

Maine Wind Industry Initiative to Partner

Houston: November 3, 2010 - Maine will once again host the EnergyOcean

International Conference, the world's premier event focused on renewable and sustainable

energy from the oceans. June 14 – 16, 2011, technologists, regulators, financiers and

policy makers from around the world will gather in Portland, Maine at the Holiday Inn by

the Bay to share and discuss opportunities for the market of renewable ocean-based

energy.

EnergyOcean International 2011 will also partner with the Maine Wind Industry

Initiative (MWII) which is focused on organizing Maine’s wind industry interests. MWII

acts as a knowledge transfer network linking opportunities to Maine companies, relates

industry needs to the state and federal government and acts as a communication hub for

representing Maine-based industrial partners in the wind energy industry.

"Maine is becoming a leader in renewable energy," said Governor John E. Baldacci. "We

have a competitive advantage with our great potential for tidal, wave, and off-shore wind

energy and I am excited about sharing our developments with the world once again in

2011."

In 2009, the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) was the

platinum sponsor of the EnergyOcean International Conference which was hosted at the

Samoset Resort in Rockport. The event was deemed a great success by the organizers,

exhibitors and attendees. Nearly 600 people attended the event, a 90 percent increase

from the year before.

"Hosting EnergyOcean 2009 was a tremendous accomplishment for Maine," said DECD

Commissioner Thaxter Trafton. "DECD was the responsible for recruiting both the 2009

and 2011conferences to Maine; our hard work has paid off and we're extremely pleased

to have the opportunity to showcase Maine's impressive innovation, R&D and ocean

energy potential again at next year's EnergyOcean International Conference."


Benjamin
11/05/2010 - 10:53am
U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Reaches Major Milestone


Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:00am EDT


The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) sponsored a conference last week in Atlantic City, New Jersey, attracting roughly 1,500 attendees from around the globe, with heavy representation from European turbine manufacturers such as Vestas, Gamesa, REPower and Siemens, firms that dominate sales in today's major offshore markets such as the United Kingdom and Denmark.


Maine has a special deepwater offshore program focused on 30 MW of pioneering projects that validate new foundation and installation technologies.


To read the full article: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS90650730020101013


Benjamin
10/14/2010 - 9:54am
Supply Chain Entry Workshop



November 4th, 2010, 9am in Portland

‘Working with the German Wind Industry: how to enter the supply chain’ 


German companies share their experiences on how to become a supplier for the Wind Industry, including for Offshore Wind Farms and how to work with project developers, investors and installers.


Working together, Germans and Americans can be a powerful motor for transatlantic and broader global cooperation on climate and energy policies. The Transatlantic Climate Bridge Initiative works to connect all those who seek to make a difference - at the local, the state and the federal level. The aim is to support platforms and partnerships that help Americans and Germans exchange their know-how and to pave the way for joint solutions. Find more:www.transatlantic-climate-bridge.org.


This event is part of the International Trade Seminars offered by the Maine International Trade Center and as part of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge Initiative, sponsored by the German Foreign Office through its Consulate General in Boston.


9:00am-12:00pm , location: Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland.


Benjamin
09/29/2010 - 1:54pm
Report Recommends Redirecting Oil And Gas Subsidies To Offshore Wind Development

by NAW Staff on Tuesday 28 September 2010


A new report from the nonprofit organization Oceana indicates that oil and gas exploration should be replaced by offshore wind development on the East Coast, an area targeted for expansion of oil and gas activities.

The report, "Untapped Wealth: Offshore Wind Can Deliver Cleaner, More Affordable Energy and More Jobs Than Offshore Oil," says that offshore wind can generate nearly 30% more electricity than offshore oil and gas resources combined.


Full Story At : http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.6613


Benjamin
09/29/2010 - 11:22am
CMP's parent: Wind power development hinges on Maine policies

If Maine signals that it’s no longer friendly to wind power, he said, the global energy company will expand elsewhere.



GORHAM — The parent company of Central Maine Power Co. wants to develop large wind energy projects in Maine after the $1.4 billion upgrade of CMP’s transmission grid is finished in five years.



But any investments will hinge in part on policies that continue to support wind power development, said Ignacio Galan, chairman of Iberdrola Group. Reed the full story at:


http://www.pressherald.com/news/CMPs-parent-Wind-power-development-hinges-on-Maine-policies.html


Benjamin
09/29/2010 - 9:44am
New Foreign Investment Attaché in Maine

September 7, 2010     

The Maine International Trade Center (MITC) is pleased to announce the contracting of Annette Bossler as the state’s new Foreign Investment Attaché and Managing Director of the Invest in Maine initiative. Ms. Bossler brings over twenty years of professional experience in Asia, U.S. and Europe, fluency in German and Japanese, and experience working for the renewable energy sector in Maine, to this role.  As the Managing Director for Invest in Maine she will head the Foreign Investment Initiative for Maine’s Advanced Materials & Renewable Energy Industries.

 

The Invest in Maine initiative is designed to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) dollars to Maine by attracting capital infusions to growing Maine companies, and by increasing industrial capacity by encouraging development of new operations in Maine. This initiative is supported by Maine industry, universities, and government and is designed to connect Maine with key investment markets in Europe and Asia for Maine’s advanced materials and renewable energy industries.  The ultimate goal of this initiative is to create a self-sustaining global FDI presence for the State of Maine that can be utilized by all growing industries in Maine.

 

“This new project is the next evolution of the Trade Center’s mission of using international connections to grow the state’s economy,” says Janine Bisaillon-Cary, president of the Trade Center. “Following on the success of last year’s trade mission to Spain and Germany, which focused heavily on renewable energy and composites, several delegations of potential investors visited and met with companies and project developers. To us, this demonstrated a strong interest in exploring Maine as a North American location for European businesses – and bringing on Annette allows us to continue that momentum and be proactive in our approach.”

 

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2007, there are approximately 100 foreign-owned companies in Maine. Maine affiliates of foreign entities own $6.25 billion of real and personal property, and employ 27,700 Maine people.   Top foreign investment countries include Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

 

The Invest in Maine initiative is a project of the Maine International Trade Center, with financial support from the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, the Maine Technology Institute, and the private sector. For more information, please contact Janine Bisaillon-Cary at jbcary@mitc.com or Wade Merritt at merritt@mitc.com.


Benjamin
09/24/2010 - 11:21am
MPUC Issues RFP For Offshore Projects

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) has released a request for proposals (RFP) for offshore wind and tidal renewable energy projects. The Maine State Legislature passed a law this year based on the recommendations of the governor's Ocean Energy Task Force, which is designed to facilitate the development of such offshore wind or tidal projects. Initial proposals are to be submitted to the MPUC by May 1, 2011.

The law directs the MPUC to conduct a competitive solicitation for proposals for long-term contracts to supply installed capacity, associated renewable energy supply, and renewable energy credits from deepwater offshore wind energy pilot projects or tidal energy demonstration projects.

As specified in the new law, the MPUC may authorize one or more long-term contracts for an aggregate total of no more than 30 MW from these projects as long as no more than 5 MW of the total is supplied by tidal energy demonstration projects.

For more information, visitmaine.gov.

SOURCE: The Maine Public Utilities Commission


Benjamin
09/08/2010 - 10:01am
Maine officials to mark tidal power advances

EASTPORT — Gov. John Baldacci, Rep. Mike Michaud and the Coast Guard commander in northern New England are celebrating a Maine company's success in harnessing tidal power this week.


 


 


The gathering will be held Tuesday in Eastport, where Ocean Renewable Power Company last week announced its 60-kilowatt turbine-generator successfully produced grid-compatible electricity. That same unit will be used for a 60-day demonstration project for producing power for use by the Coast Guard's Eastport Station.


To view full story: http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/Maine-tidal-power-Eastport-ocean-renewable-energy.html


Benjamin
08/24/2010 - 12:50pm
Statoil adds Maine to floating wind farm list


UNITED STATES: Norwegian energy company Statoil is considering Maine as a location for a commercial floating wind farm.

See Full Article at: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/go/winduscan/article/1023066/?DCMP=EMC-WindpowerUSandCanada


Benjamin
08/23/2010 - 2:52pm
Clean energy loses a champion: Matt Simmons dies at 67

The movement to shift away from fossil fuels and embrace renewable energy lost a champion this week when Matthew Simmons, 67, died suddenly on Sunday.


Simmons, founder of the oil investment firm Simmons & Company, was an unlikely ally of green energy as a longtime Republican steeped in the fossil fuel business. However, he found a compelling reason to develop renewables in the looming possibility of peak oil.


Full story at: http://www.greenbang.com/clean-energy-loses-a-champion-matt-simmons-dies-at-67_14993.html


Benjamin
08/11/2010 - 6:30am
University of Maine and University of Dayton Part of the team to improve Wind Tower Technology

 UDRI and a consortium of companies in Ohio, as well as the DeepCwind Consortium of companies and universities spearheaded by the University of Maine’s (UMaine) AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center (Orono, Maine), on projects that could open new doors for composite use in wind turbine towers.


Looking to expand their reach, wind power developers are pushing for wind turbine towers that rise to new heights, capturing the high-quality wind found at higher elevations. These towers likely will surpass the current height standard of 80m/265 ft for 3-MW turbines, growing to between 100m and 150m (325 ft and 492 ft) in height for turbines of 5-MW to 7-MW capacity, particularly in deepwater offshore wind farms. As a result, traditional steel designs for utility-grade towers are being pushed to their limits and beyond. Many see in this an opportunity for composites to vie with steel for a piece of the tower market.


Read the full stoy at: http://www.compositesworld.com/articles/blades-yes-towers-maybe


Benjamin
08/04/2010 - 12:47pm
Proposed Underwater Powerline Would Stretch from Searsport to Boston

As Congress struggles to craft some form of energy bill, the developer of a proposed underwater transmission line from Searsport to Boston is pressing the need for the New England Region to tap the full wind power potential of Northern Maine.


View the Full Article:http://www.mpbn.net/Home/tabid/36/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3478/ItemId/13055/Default.aspx


 


Benjamin
07/30/2010 - 10:53am
Former Maine defense site eyed for wind

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A former Cold War-era radar site and timberland not far from an existing wind farm are the latest sites in Maine that are being considered for large wind energy projects.

The Penobscot Indian Nation is in the process of purchasing land where a former Air Force “backscatter”’ radar station was located in the central Maine town of Moscow. The radar system, which could peek over the Earth’s horizon to detect enemy planes and missiles, was shut down in 1997 after Cold War tensions eased.


Full Story at: http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/national/northeast/Former-Maine-defense-site-eyed-for-wind-98050064.html


Benjamin
07/29/2010 - 1:28pm
SGC is now part of the Senergy Group of companies

SGC, A Senergy Group Company

July 28, 2010


We are pleased to announce that our business transaction with Senergy was completed on  July 27, 2010.  SGC is now part of the Senergy Group of companies, made up of over 500 employees and 20 offices around the world. We are excited to be joining Senergy as its first acquisition in the US. SGC will reside within the Alternative Energy Group of Senergy led by Nial McCollam.


 

We will continue to operate under the name SGC and the senior management team will stay intact. Doug Morrell and Tim Patch will continue as Co-Presidents of SGC and Mark Girard will continue as Chief Financial Officer with additional responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer.

 

Senergy has established a US corporate entity named Senergy Alternative Energy Inc., a Delaware Corporation. The shareholders of that entity are Senergy, Doug and Tim. The entity will conduct business through a Board of Directors made up of Nial McCollam, Mark Girard and Chris de Goey.

 

We are beginning another chapter in SGC’s history. We believe that we have created an opportunity for an exceptional future for the benefit of our employees and clients.

We wanted to choose the very best partner that would preserve the SGC culture and create a promising future. We believe that Senergy is an ideal choice for SGC.

We look forward to working with you as SGC, A Senergy Group Company!

Dick Hall


 


SGC , A Senergy Group Company


 


Benjamin
07/28/2010 - 5:07pm
Senate Subcommittee Approves $10 Million For Deepwater Offshore Wind Program

A Senate Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on energy and water has initially approved a $10 million appropriation to support the University of Maine's (UMaine) deepwater offshore wind energy research and development, according to the DeepCwind Consortium.

Senate Appropriations Committee member Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, requested the funding.
 


Full article can be read at : http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.6281


Benjamin
07/28/2010 - 2:35pm
US politicians propose stand-alone offshore regulator

US: Republic senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, both of Maine, and 7 other East Coast congressmen and senators have proposed removing offshore wind energy from the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE).


Full Story:http://www.windpowermonthly.com/go/winduscan/article/1017355/?DCMP=EMC-WindpowerUSandCanada


Benjamin
07/26/2010 - 8:51am
New England, eastern Canadian leaders set joint efficiency goals

New England states and eastern Canadian provinces agreed to pursue cross-border energy efficiency goals and joint ocean energy development during a meeting of governors and premiers earlier this week.     


In addition, Maine and Nova Scotia signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on ocean energy. The two governments plan to share information on tidal energy and offshore wind power and explore ways to bring together academics, researchers, policymakers and private developers working in the sectors.


Full story at: http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews.aspx?xmlpath=RSSFeed/HeadlineNews/ElectricPower/6179146.xmlwww.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews.aspx


Benjamin
07/14/2010 - 10:59am
Collins visits stimulus beneficiaries at Mack Point

Searsport — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins visited the Mack Point cargo port in Searsport July 8 to get a firsthand view of how a $7 million federal grant would benefit the facility. It was the senator's first visit to Mack Point, and she lauded the port as a source of jobs and a conduit for alternative energy sources.


Full story at: http://capital.villagesoup.com/news/story/collins-visits-stimulus-beneficiaries-at-mack-point/337560


Benjamin
07/12/2010 - 10:33am
Iberdrola achieves record wind output in U.S.

Iberdrola Renovables announced Friday that it increased its wind energy generation in the United States by 31.7 percent between April and June to reach 2,962 million kilowatt hours — a record for what Bloomberg New Energy Finance has ranked the world's largest wind company.


Full sttory at: http://sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2010/07/iberdrola_achieves_record_wind_output_in_us.html


 


Benjamin
07/12/2010 - 9:21am
GE Expands On and Offshore Wind Presence

 Published: June 30, 2010


Liverpool, England & Idaho, United States -- GE announced plans to install up to five offshore demonstration wind turbines through two separate partnerships. Both initiatives will feature the largest wind turbine in GE's fleet, a 4.0-megawatt machine that includes a 110 meter rotor. GE's 4.0-110 incorporates advanced drive train and control technologies and GE's innovative technology that eliminates the need for gearboxes.


Full story at: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2010/06/ge-expands-on-and-offshore-wind-presence?cmpid=rss


Benjamin
07/12/2010 - 6:41am