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.