Wrap up of Maine Wind and Ocean Energy News for Jan-Feb 2014

 Maine offshore wind project appears on track for federal funding

 A pilot offshore wind farm project in Maine has received a key approval from state utility regulators, opening the way for federal funding.
In a 2-1 vote Tuesday, the Maine Public Utilities Commission approved a term sheet for the 12-megawatt Maine Aqua Ventus project proposed by Maine Prime Technologies, a for-profit spinoff that represents the University of Maine and two general partners, Maine-based Cianbro Corp. and Emera Inc. of Nova Scotia, Canada.
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Offshore wind turbine stands up to gusts, waves
A scaled-down offshore wind turbine has withstood winter storms that included the equivalent of waves exceeding 70 feet, providing confidence that a full-scale version can handle the harshest weather that the North Atlantic can throw at it, the head of the University of Maine’s advanced composites center said Thursday.
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New Hampshire seeks to follow Maine’s offshore wind example
House Bill 1312, sponsored by Hampton Democrat Renny Cushing, seeks to establish a committee to study offshore wind energy development comprising three members of the House and three members of the Senate. Cushing said he hopes the formation of this committee would be a way to get the stakeholders together to see if the state could benefit from capturing wind energy at sea.
Doug Bogen, the executive director of the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League, pointed out that  the first phase of Maine's program, a pilot program of just 12 megawatts, would create as many as 341 jobs and trigger at least $120 million in investment.
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First Wind Marks Five-Year Anniversary  Of Stetson I Wind Project
First Wind has celebrated the fifth anniversary of successful commercial operations of its 57 MW Stetson I Wind project. Since it began commercial operations on Jan. 23, 2009, the first phase of the wind farm has produced enough energy to power an average of 21,400 Maine homes annually, the company notes.
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Review of Bingham wind project to resume this month
The review of a proposed 62-turbine wind farm that would be the largest in the state will resume this month when the Department of Environmental Protection seeks input from the public at the second of two required public meetings. The department also has completed a draft analysis of the project that states the project meets most requirements set by the state.
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•          (New England) Northeast Regional Planning Body (NE RPB) meeting held January 22-23
The NE RPB approved its revised regional ocean planning goals/objectives and accompanying draft work plan. The NE RPB solicited comments on this draft in advance of the meeting and comments received were added to a comment summary. Summary notes from the meeting will also be available shortly. Also, please see the newly updated web site http://neoceanplanning.org/ where you will find related information.
The Oceans conservancy provides this and other marine spatial planning updates:
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Just announced:
 pre-Summit workshops, led by AWEA's industry partners, exploring offshore developments and regional suppliers.
These Northeast-focused, interactive meet-ups -- in addition to the region's recent commitment to more than 865 MW of long-term power purchase agreements -- are just more reasons why you should join us for the AWEA Wind Energy Regional Summit - Northeast in Portland, ME on March 25-26.
Coupled with the Summit's compelling speaker line-up and educational programming, the workshops give you a unique and exclusive opportunity to participate in high-level, strategic discussion, or simply listen in and learn as experts in offshore wind discuss the current landscape and future growth of the industry.
Pre-Summit Workshop Details
•           The Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII) will host a Northeast Wind Supply Chain Workshop, serving as an interactive event for Northeast U.S. major wind developers, wind OEMs, and businesses interested in the wind energy market.
•           A consortium of companies led by Navigant Consulting will host a workshop as part of efforts to update its annual Offshore Wind Market and Economic Analysis Report. The discussion will include updates on market and technology trends as well as the latest on the offshore wind supply chain in the U.S. Read last year’s report.
Registration for all events and more information here.