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We’ve all marveled at the dramatic rise and fall of ocean tides in Maine’s bays and inlets. We have also heard of Maine companies working to harness power from ocean currents and how Maine is poised to be on the cutting edge of this renewable power source. We are no longer talking about the future, it has arrived!
Maine is now the location of the first commercial tidal energy project in the United States, and is setting the standard for marine hydrokinetic development expertise, supply chain development, environmental monitoring, ocean energy regulatory reform, and research and development. Additionally, the Maine Public Utilities Commission has approved the terms and conditions that will lead to the first long-term power purchase agreement in the United States for tidal energy.
On June 21, 2012, the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) hosts a forum to update us on how tidal energy is creating new economic opportunities for Maine companies and institutions in many sectors, how the technology overlaps with the wind power sector and magnifies the economic boost, and how Maine has the opportunity to export expertise into larger markets in Canada and abroad.
Here are the experts on the panel:
Steve Von Vogt, Managing Director, Maine Composites Alliance
The Maine Composites Alliances is the lead organization in the collaborative Maine Wind and Ocean Energy Initiative, of which E2 Tech is a partner. Steve will discuss Maine’s growing marine hydrokinetic industry supply chain expertise including examples of Maine companies providing R&D, manufacturing, and professional services to support tidal energy development inside and outside of the state. He will also summarize the results of the supply chain study that Maine Composites has done in collaboration with E2 Tech.
Elisa Obermann, Atlantic Director, Ocean Renewable Energy Group (OREG)
OREG is Canada’s tidal energy industry organization and plays the industry lead with government on creating a national tidal energy development roadmap. The center of action in Canada right now is the Bay of Fundy, which borders Maine. Elisa will discuss the industry growth trajectory in Eastern Canada, particularly in Nova Scotia, who the initial major players are, and suggest the cross-border business opportunities for companies and institutions in Maine that develop projects, provide supply chain services or engage in R&D.
John Ferland, Vice President for Project Development, Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC).
In March ORPC “broke ocean” in the Eastport/Lubec area on the first commercial tidal energy project in the U.S. to be installed under the new FERC Pilot License guidelines. John will discuss the challenges of project siting, equipment deployment, the shoreside and utility interconnect, and obtaining a power purchase agreement. He will also outline the project’s pioneering environmental monitoring protocols and highlight the importance of the collaborative development relationship with the local communities and the statewide economic development impact of the project.
Read more information and register for this event on the E2Tech website. Past presentations are usually available after the event, as well.