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.

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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.