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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.