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Maine wind project gains key approval Print E-mail
An update to a story we told you about last week… an offshore wind energy project in Maine has received a key approval from state regulators. This article from CompositesWorld.com says the Maine Public Utilities Commission gave the go-ahead for the Maine Aqua Ventus project, a pilot offshore wind farm project designed to prove the feasibility of floating offshore wind turbines.

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Maine offshore wind prototype stands up to tough winter conditions Print E-mail
The University of Maine's (UMaine) Advanced Structures and Composites Center notes that its small-scale, floating offshore wind turbine prototype off the coast of Maine has survived harsh winter storms and weather. According to an Associated Press report, the center is now confident that full-scale versions of the technology will fare well if and when they are deployed.

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Maine clears 12MW offshore demo Print E-mail
The 12MW Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind project cleared a critical hurdle today when state regulators approved a term sheet for a long-term energy contract.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-to-1 to accept the proponent’s bid to produce an estimated 43,000MWh/year at a price of 23 cents/kWh. The price shall increase 2.25% annually for 20 years.

The panel agreed that the project meets the criteria set out under the Ocean Energy Act designed to kick-start offshore wind development. The proponents demonstrate technical and financial capacity, as well as local economic benefits, ruled the commission.

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Offshore wind the right investment for Maine Print E-mail
Public Utilities Commission Chairman Thomas Welch listed Maine’s “daunting geologic, geographic and demographic challenges” when discussing the price of energy at a recent Portland Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Maine does not sit atop coal, gas or oil reserves, Welch noted. We don’t have huge dams built and run by the federal government. “We like to live a long way from each other,” he said, making the cost of infrastructure and transportation high. And, he concluded, “it can be very cold up here for a long time.”

The high cost of heat and electricity ships billions out of state every year and puts our industry at a disadvantage. Reducing the costs of heating, lighting and operating equipment should be a major goal of state policy and crucial to our economic future. But with that end in mind, the state should be willing to take on a small increase in electric rates if it would do something in the long run about our energy disadvantages. The Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind project is such an opportunity.

Courtesy of Portland Press Herald. Read more here.
Maine regulators to vote on offshore wind project Print E-mail
HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) _ A panel of state regulators is poised to vote on a proposal to build a 12-megawatt wind project off the coast of Maine.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to grant initial approval for a state contract to the University of Maine and its partner companies, called Maine Aqua Ventus.

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The Castine wind experiment Print E-mail
Cape Wind is probably the most famous wind farm in America, which is especially telling since it doesn't exist. The planned 130 turbines in Massachusetts's Nantucket Sound have been controversial enough to receive national attention — both support and protest — ever since developers announced the project in 2001. After years of legal wrangling, community protests and regulatory hoop-jumping, its future is still uncertain. Cape Wind's promoters refer to it as "America's first offshore wind farm," yet not a single turbine has thus far been erected.

Meanwhile, this summer, two tugboats quietly hauled the first working offshore-wind turbine in America into place off the coast of Maine. Designed by the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine, the turbine is 65 feet high and painted bright yellow. Built 28 miles inland in Brewer, Maine, then towed down the Penobscot River, it currently floats in the blue waters off the coast of a small town called Castine, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. The university named its turbine the VolturnUS, after the Roman god of the east wind and because of the pleasing combination of the terms "volt," "turn," and "US." In June, the university held a ceremony connecting the turbine to the U.S. power grid, with luminaries joining their voices in a sci-fi-inflected shout: "Energize, VolturnUS!"

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Aqua Ventus spells out Maine plan Print E-mail

The US’ embryonic Aqua Ventus 1 floating wind turbine project has moved ahead with the release of the “public version” of its proposed 12MW pilot scheme off the coast of Maine.

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Maine Aqua Ventus Releases Public Version of MPUC Proposal Print E-mail

Maine Aqua Ventus GP LLC released yesterday the public version of its proposal to develop a groundbreaking offshore wind project in the Gulf of Maine, called Maine Aqua Ventus I.

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