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.