That tide just runs like the dickens all up and down the coast here, especially the further you get down towards Eastport.

Water Power Blog Posts


Maine has many ways to get power from water.  Just a few of them are: hydropower, tidal power and ocean wave power.  We will bring you conversations with experts on all of these and more.  If you are an expert on a water-power technology, or if you have questions for Maine's experts on these technologies, please join in the conversation here.

Ocean Renewable Power Company's beta tidal turbine generator

Ocean Renewable Power Company's Beta Power Generation Turbine Unit, made from composite materials

08/03/2011 - 11:42am

In a recent article on the Mass High Tech website, Lori Valigra writes an encouraging overview of Maine's Clean Technology development potential.

07/13/2011 - 3:11pm

Gordon Grimes is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Energy Practice Group. He has spent over thirty years representing the interests of private energy generators, banks, contractors, and other entities in the power generation industry. On June 12, 2011, Gordon was interviewed by Steve D'Agostino of  WICN 90.5 FM, the NPR affiliate serving Central New England.

07/06/2011 - 10:26am

We already know that Maine has some powerful tides.  Now it is documented in a database so we can see how our tidal resources compare to other locations on the US coasts.

06/27/2011 - 5:12pm

At the EnergyOcean International Conference 2011 on June 14, 2011, the keynote speaker was Dr. Christopher G. Hart, Offshore Wind Manager for the US Department of Energy Wind and Hydropower Technologies. Here are some notes on his presentation.

06/24/2011 - 3:14pm

I met Glen Edward Cook at the Energy Ocean Conference in Portland on June 16, 2011, lurking around the poster exhibits and talking to the Russian inventor of a seawater-to-hydrogen generator. Cook has invented a number of devices for generating power from the motion of ocean waves, also called hydrokinetic power.  

06/07/2011 - 5:08pm

The World Affairs Council of Maine, Maine International Trade Center and the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine hosted a symposium on May 26, 2011 to explore the potential impact of renewable energy developments in China, Japan, and South Korea for Maine’s renewable energy future. 

06/07/2011 - 4:25pm

If you are curious to see this 1/50 scale model of an offshore wind turbine and platform that Heather Martin of UMaine Engineering School presented in April, you can see it and much more at the Energy Ocean International conference June 14-16 in Portland.

06/06/2011 - 4:28pm

Our former governor, Angus King, caused quite a stir with his op-ed about the alternatives we have in Maine for using gas and oil in the Sunday Press Herald on June 5, 2011. We re-post it here for our readers.

"Energy choices and the No Free Lunch Principle": Critics of wind power fail to acknowledge that it calls for much smaller economic and ecological trade-offs than any other source.

05/24/2011 - 4:26pm

Did you miss a scheduled webinar from the National Renewable Energy Lab's Technical Assistance Program?  Good news: you can still watch them from the archives. Find presentations and supporting materials from past Technical Assistance Webinars for state and local officials on state policies, analysis tools, and financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. 

05/22/2011 - 10:26pm

The Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo North America needs speakers!  The conference will be held February 14 to the 16 in 2012 in Long Beach, California.