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Algae Research Funds Flow to USM
10/27/2015 - 11:08am

a student conducts algae research image courtesy of US-DOEOn October 2, 2015, the US Department of Energy awarded a multi-year, $1.5 million grant to the Algae Foundation, to develop a college degree in algal cultivation technologies as well as an aquaculture extension training program.

The Algae Foundation has formed the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC), a partnership between academic institutions, national research laboratories, and industry leaders. The Consortium will develop novel educational programs to strengthen industry workforce capabilities.

The Algae Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the algae industry. Its leader, Dr. Ike Levine, teaches at the University of Southern Maine in Lewiston. Read the full news story here.

Image courtesy of US-DOE.

Brunswick Chooses Solarize Contractor
09/28/2015 - 10:35pm

Solarize Brunswick logoThe Town of Brunswick announced on September 28, 2015 that it has chosen ReVision Energy of Portland, Maine as its partner installer for the 2015-2016 Solarize Brunswick program. Beginning immediately, the town and ReVision will work to promote the program through a number of launch events.

The purpose of the Solarize Brunswick program is to help people get the best deal possible on solar energy systems through group purchasing. This model has been proven successful in many other towns in and outside Maine.

Read more on the Solarize Brunswick website.

E2Tech Hosts its First Expo Oct. 1
09/28/2015 - 9:45pm

Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine E2TechThe Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) and its partners are pleased to host the inaugural E2Tech Expo on October 1, 2015. Events include keynotes from a Fortune 50 company and a venture capital firm; its first-ever “E2Tech Talks” on Maine’s local and global food movements; a high-level plenary panel on cleantech markets, technologies, and public policies; workshops on energy policy, workforce development & career connections, sustainability in the supply chain, and cluster development and seed funding; and dozens of tables featuring environmental and energy companies, products, services, and resources.

You may see the agenda and register here.

City of Portland Adds Two More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Parking Garages
08/28/2015 - 1:29pm

An electric vehicle charger in a parking garage in Portland, Maine image courtesy of Greater Portland Council of GovernmentsOn July 29th, GPCOG joined the City of Portland's Mayor Michael Brennan, Councilor Ed Suslovic, Joel Harrington of Central Maine Power and Darlene Beach with the Iberdrola USA Foundation to celebrate the expansion of the City's electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

As part of a grant to GPCOG from the Iberdrola USA Foundation, the City was able to install two level II electric vehicle charging stations, one at both the Temple St. and Spring St. parking garages.  Mayor Brennan said, "I want to thank the Iberdrola USA Foundation and GPCOG for this grant. GPCOG has been instrumental in introducing electric vehicles and charging stations into our fleet and parking garages. Having two more EV chargers in our parking garages adds convenience and will hopefully help convince more people to use electric cars."

So far, seven EV chargers have been installed at municipal buildings and other locations including: Town Halls in Falmouth, Raymond and Windham, as well as Pineland Farms, the Marriott Hotel on Commercial St. in Portland and the City's two parking garages.

To learn more contact the Greater Portland Council of Governments.

Photo: An electric vehicle charger in a parking garage in Portland, Maine; image courtesy of Greater Portland Council of Governments

E2Tech Garners SBA Grant
08/28/2015 - 9:45am

Environmental and Energy Technology Council of MaineOn August 4, 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced it would provide $50,000 in grants to the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine, known as E2Tech, to help support its efforts to accelerate key programs, including:

  • Studying the ripple effect of clean-energy development in expanding Maine’s manufacturing supply chains;
  • Convening an “E2Tech Expo” this fall on the state of Maine’s energy, environmental, and cleantech sector;
  • Increasing Maine entrepreneurs’ access to the New England Clean Energy Council’s Navigate Northeast network and concierge services;
  • Reaching entrepreneurs further north and downeast; and
  • Attracting more startups to co-locate with its offices in downtown Portland.

Green Energy Maine congratulates E2Tech. Please enjoy a brief video about the organization here and read the full article in the Portland Press Herald. Watch for details about the Oct. 1 Expo on our calendar page.

Image courtesy of E2Tech.

ORPC Deploys River Power System in Remote Alaskan Village
07/31/2015 - 9:23pm

RivGen hydroower system on station in Kvichak River photo courtesy of Ocean Renewable Power CompanyOn July 29, 2015, Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) of Portland, Maine announced that its RivGen® Power System Demonstration Project in the Kvichak River at the remote river village of Igiugig, Alaska, was successfully deployed and is providing power to the local microgrid.

The 25-kilowatt hydropower system was designed to reduce and stabilize the cost of power in remote or "islanded" communities located near rivers and tidal estuaries, significantly decreasing the community's use of diesel fuel.

Watch a video of the system deployment here AND read the full story on Renews.

Image courtesy of ORPC.

Construction Begins on Maine's Third Anaerobic Digester
07/28/2015 - 9:00pm

Anaerobic digester drawing courtesy of Village Green VenturesVillage Green Ventures has begun construction of its $10 million anaerobic digester at Brunswick Landing. With completion projected by the end of 2015, the plant will meet roughly half of the electricity needs of the businesses at the Brunswick landing campus by converting all of Brunswick's sewage sludge, and wastes from other sources, into power.

Anaerobic digesters are also operating in Lewiston/Auburn and at Stonyvale Farm in Exeter. Read the full article in the Portland Press Herald.

Image credit: Anaerobic digester drawing courtesy of Village Green Ventures.

Legislature Overrides Veto to Help Restore Efficiency Maine Funding
07/01/2015 - 8:31pm

And image courtesy of Maine Association of Building Energy Professionals.L.D. 1215, the bill that restores the missing word "and" that was omitted from the 2014 Omnibus Energy Bill and reverses the ruling by the Public Utilities Commission to cut Efficiency Maine funding by $38 million, is now law.

On June 23, 2015, the governor vetoed the bill. First the House voted 144-0 to override the veto, then the Senate voted to do the same, 35-0. The Public Utilities Commission will be asked to reconsider its vote in light of the new legislation and set the funding level at the intended $60 million.

Read the full story in the Portland Press Herald.

Image credit: And image courtesy of Maine Association of Building Energy Professionals.

Greater Voice for Unorganized Territories in Wind Siting Decisions
07/01/2015 - 8:00pm

Map showing Maine's unorganized territories courtesy of State of MaineOn June 29, 2015 in a rare act of agreement with the legislature, the governor signed LD 828, legislation that could give citizens from the state’s rural Unorganized Territories (UT) a greater say in the siting of large, industrial wind turbines in their communities.

The bill allows citizens in certain UT plantations and townships to petition to be removed from the state’s “Expedited Wind Zone,” where permitting for turbines has been streamlined since 2008.

Read the full story from the Pine Tree Watchdog.

Bowdoin College Earns EPA Award for Energy Efficiency Efforts
07/01/2015 - 4:42pm

Solar panels atop Bowdoin's Farley Field House and Watson Arena Image courtesy of Bowdoin CollegeOn July 1, 2015, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine was recognized by EPA with a 2015 Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award. CHP technology produces electricity and useful heat simultaneously from a single energy source, such as natural gas, oil, or biomass. For hospital systems and universities, CHP systems can also provide reliability benefits which ensure that these facilities’ operations can continue in the event of power outages.

This award recognizes Bowdoin College for the superior efficiency of its CHP system that produces 630 kW of electricity and steam that provides space heating and hot water to 1.4 million square feet across 56 campus buildings. Bowdoin’s CHP system, designed by RMF Engineering, includes an oil or natural gas-fired boiler and a 630 kW steam turbine. With an operating efficiency of nearly 87 percent, the CHP system requires approximately 12 percent less fuel than grid-supplied electricity and conventional steam production. The system also avoids emissions of air pollutants, including an estimated 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, equal to the emissions from the generation of electricity used by nearly 130 homes.

Follow links for more information about EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership or on Energy Star CHP awards.

Image: Solar panels atop Bowdoin's Farley Field House and Watson Arena. Image courtesy of Bowdoin College.