News Round up for November -December 2011

Application Submitted for Ocean Wind Energy Project by Statoil

On November 30, federal regulators announced they have received a completed lease application for a pilot-scale wind power project in deep water south of Boothbay. State and federal members of the Maine Task Force of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will meet to review the unsolicited request for a lease for a wind-energy project from Norwegian-based gas and oil company Statoil on December 8 at the Marriot Hotel in South Portland, at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public, with limited opportunity for public comment.


The project is considered the first-of-its-kind prototype of a floating-platform turbine wind farm. In 2009, Statoil erected the first floating wind turbine off the coast of Norway. This project would be considered small in scale in comparison to other wind projects, but would be the largest floating turbine project in the world, according to Statoil spokesman Ola Morten Aanestad.

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Main(e) International Consulting LLC releases updated Floating Offshore Wind Report

Main(e) international Consulting LL has released an updated overview report detailing the efforts to design and develop floating wind platforms in the United States, Japan and Europe. The report identifies and catalogues the industry consortia and projects in each region. According to Annette Bossler, Principal at Main(e) International Consulting and author of the report, “It is important to understand the amount of activity and rate of technology development globally for floating wind. In the next 2 years we will see numerous full scale pilots launched in addition to the scale model tests already planned or ongoing. Floating technology is approaching the commercial application stage and should no longer be considered niche and an unreachable goal”.



Iberdrola Engineering starts erecting its first wind turbines in the US

Iberdrola brands itself as the US’s second largest wind operator, already possessing over 5 GW of wind capacity across the country. Now its engineering subsidiary, Iberdrola Engineering and Construction, is moving into wind farm construction in the US.


Iberdrola Energy Projects Inc. first facility is being built in Groton in the State of New Hampshire.  The facility will comprise 24 model G-87, 2 MW wind turbines manufactured by Gamesa.


The Groton contract is a further addition to the project that was recently awarded to the Company's subsidiary to provide audit & compliance services for the MPRP (Maine Power Reliability Program) project commissioned by Central Maine Power, a company belonging to Iberdrola USA. Iberdrola Engineering also recently implemented its launch of an integral service model for grid projects at Iberdrola USA.

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New CMP line preps area for turbines

Billed as a stepping stone to accommodate the future integration of wind-generated electricity, Central Maine Power Co. began construction this week of a transmission line between Moscow and Benton.

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Newport Industrial Fabrication delivers Hyundia wind components

Newport Industrial Fabrication Inc. of Newport Maine recently completed and delivered an order for Hyundai Heavy Industries. The order included embedment plates and template rings for towers being installed as part of the 2MW Hyundai wind turbine “The Independence” being installed by Kingston Wind Independence in Kingston Massachusetts. This is the largest turbine erected in Massachusetts to date.

Newport Industrial Fabrication Inc. is a steel fabrication and manufacturing company with experience providing wind products such as embedment plates, and coating services for components including hubs and shafts.



Oakfield OKs First Wind TIF

Residents in the northern Maine town of Oakfield have approved a tax increment financing agreement with First Wind for its $300 million wind farm.


The TIF is expected to provide the town with $16.5 million in benefits over 20 years, and result in $200 million in new taxable developments, the Bangor Daily News reported. As part of the agreement, Evergreen Wind, a First Wind subsidiary, will establish a community benefits fund with the town, which Oakfield can use at its discretion to fund new or existing community and economic development programs. Residents voted 81-22 in favor of the TIF.


The Maine Department of Environmental Protection in January 2010 approved the 34-turbine wind farm, though the company later amended the project to include 50 turbines. The DEP is still reviewing the amended project. First Wind hopes to secure additional permits over the winter and begin building the project next year.

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First Wind Announces Agreement with Vestas

to Purchase 77 V100-1.8 MW Turbines.

As part of the purchase agreement with Vestas, First Wind will deploy 19 V100-1.8 MW turbines to First Wind’s proposed 34 MW Bull Hill Wind project on Bull Hill and Heifer Hill in Hancock County, Maine. The Bull Wind project will generate enough clean, renewable electricity to power approximately 15,000 New England (or Maine) homes. The output produced at Bull Hill will be sold to NSTAR via a long-term power purchase agreement which was approved in August 2011.


In addition to the Bull Hill project, 58 V100-1.8 MW turbines will be deployed to the company’s 105 MW Palouse Wind project in Washington.

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