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.

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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

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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.

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