State wide News Wrap Up for January, 2012

Reports highlight potential of Maine ocean power


Two recent U.S. Department of Energy reports highlight Maine's potential for producing tidal power. If wave and tidal energy sources were to be fully realized, Maine could generate more than 15 terawatt-hours of electricity a year, or 10% of all tidal power energy produced nationwide.



Clifton board denies appeal to halt Pisgah wind farm


The town of Clifton has rejected an appeal by local farmers to revoke its approval of a five-turbine wind farm project on Pisgah Mountain. The news comes as the developer signs an agreement with Bangor Hydro Electric to supply electricity.



Developer of Clifton wind farm signs agreement to supply Bangor Hydro with electricity


CLIFTON, Maine β€” With the push for renewable energy part of the national agenda and the Maine Public Utilities Commission directing local utilities to enter into long-term contracts with Community-based Renewable Energy projects, it’s no surprise that small industrial wind projects such as the one planned for Pisgah Mountain are popping up around the state.

The PUC has directed Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. to enter into three 20-year contracts for renewable energy projects β€” one with Pisgah Mountain LLC, the others with Jonesport Wind LLC and Lubec Wind.



Passamaquoddy Tribe plans $120M wind farm in Washington County


COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine β€” The Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township and Pleasant Point has partnered with a Midwest energy firm to launch a $120 million wind farm in Washington County. The developers estimate the project will create 50-100 jobs during the construction phase and 15-20 permanent positions once the farm is built, with more jobs anticipated from spinoff development in the future.



D&G Delivers Wind Testing Fixture


D&G Machine Products of Westbrook, Maine Completes machining fixture essential to University of Maine Wind Test Lab. The fixture is part of the expanded AEWC Advanced Structures & Composite Center wind blade prototype and testing facility capable of testing blades up to 70 meters in length.

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First Wind Receives Approval from Maine DEP to Expand Proposed Oakfield Wind Project


Approval paves way for next stage of 150 MW Oakfield Wind Project that will deliver even more economic benefits to Aroostook County and enough power for 48,000 homes



Maine Agencies Sign Deal For Wind Turbine Sound Assessment And Analysis



Maine's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) have awarded environmental consulting firm HMMH a four-year, on-call contract to provide peer-review consulting services associated with wind turbine sound assessment and analysis.



BoothBay Harbor Shipyard Acquires Rideout Marine


Boothbay Harbor Shipyard has recently acquired Rideout Marine Construction. The new entity has been incorporated as Northeast Marine Construction LLC. This expands capabilities in Marine related construction to compliment the ability for Boothbay Harbor Shipyard to service and maintain marine vessels and offshore equipment. The acquisition is part of a long term strategy to provide services to the growing ocean energy related industry in the Gulf of Maine.


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Kennebec Technologies expands with plans to add staff


Kennebec Technologies, a high-precision manufacturer in Augusta, has opened a new wing that it expects to support up to a dozen new jobs with a 4,000-square-foot expansion of the company's headquarters.

Kennebec Technologies manufactures components for the aerospace, semiconductor, energy, medical and telecommunications industries for companies like Boeing, GE, Rolls Royce and Pratt & Whitney.