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MAINE ENERGY NEWS

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First Wind Proposes New Wind Project
05/29/2013 - 12:15pm

wind turbines atop Stetson Mountain in Maine photo by Kay Mann First Wind has filed an application with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to build a 62-turbine wind power installation on mountains in Bingham, Mayfield Township and Kingsbury Plantation. If approved, the plant would generate up to 186 megawatts of power and be the largest in New England. The environmental group, Friends of Maine's Mountains has questioned the proposal's environmental impacts and plans to study them further.

Read the full story in Mainebiz or on MPBN.

Photo credit: Kay Mann

Wind Energy Act Called into Question
05/23/2013 - 11:38am

wind turbines atop Stetson Mountain in Maine by Kay MannOn May 21, 2013, the Pine Tree Watchdog published an in-depth report on a March 28 hearing before the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee on LD 616, which proposes to weaken some provisions of the Wind Energy Act of 2008 and restore more local controls over consideration of wind power facility applications in certain townships, plantations and Unorganized Territories. The committee has agreed to review the policy, which has streamlined the permitting of wind projects since 2008.

Read the full article on the Pine Tree Watchdog site.

Funding offered to Advance Ocean Energy Technologies
05/17/2013 - 11:55am

On April 30, the Energy Department announced that up to $13 million dollars in funding were to be invested to develop and test advanced components and technologies that will enhance the performance of marine and hydrokinetic energy systems. Due to this recent funding opportunity, the Energy Department wants to support projects that will augment the power-to-weight ratio of the marine and hydrokinetic energy systems or improve the reliability of the system through the investment in three component technologies. The Energy Department will choose six projects to develop advanced control systems and assess the performance improvements; and two projects will develop and test a device that minimizes the loads transmitted to other components and increases the device's capability to endure severe conditions.

The DOE is working closely with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to support and endorse increased understanding of the potential environmental effects of marine and hydrokinetic energy devices. This funding opportunity announcement will support the collection of environmental monitoring and experimental data from the marine and hydrokinetic devices and analyses of data.

Read the full story on the Department of Energy's website.

Check out the Energy Ocean International 2013 conference and expo June 10-12, 2013 in Warwick, RI.

Rail Extension Project Begins at the Auburn Transportation Hub
04/24/2013 - 7:33pm

On April 17, 2013, officials announced a $3 million railroad renovation that will connect business parks in Poland and Auburn to Auburn's intermodal transportation hub. According to the Sun Journal, the funding for the project comes from a state bond that was issued several years ago. The extension will restore 6,600 feet of the old Rangeley Branch line, build a 400-foot spur and provide direct rail access to approximatly 400 acres of land in Auburn and Poland. Additionally, 1,500 feet of siding will be built allowing trains to more easily pull over and let another pass, decreasing congestion. The restoration and additions to the railroad will create more room for businesses to tie in and connect to rail in Auburn and Poland. The construction is projected to be finished by this coming fall.

Read more at Mainebiz and the Sun Journal.

Biomass Boiler Opening Celebrated At The Fort Kent Northern Maine Medical Center
04/22/2013 - 4:15pm

VIPs celebrate opening of Northern Maine Medical Center biomass boiler. Photo Credit: Northern Maine Medical CenterOn February 11, 2013, Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent celebrated the opening of its biomass boiler, after 13 years of work to reach its goal. Funding for the boiler was provided by a $6.7 million USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan and a US Forest Service Grant of $750,000.

Read the full article in Biomass Magazine or in Bangor Daily News.

Photo Credit: Northern Maine Medical Center

Renewable Electricity Becomes Available for Homes and Businesses
04/22/2013 - 10:53am

Maine Green Power logoOn April 19, 2013, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) announced the launch of a program called "Maine Green Power" to provide a supply of electricity generated 100% in Maine from renewable sources. The program is open to both individual and business ratepayers who are customers of Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service Co.

Read more from the MPUC and in our blog post about the program. Or, skip right to the MGP website.

Funding Secured for Downeaster Maintenance Facility in Brunswick
03/26/2013 - 4:14pm

Amtrak Downeaster Train by Car Free MaineThe Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) announced on March 25, 2013 that it has awarded a $12 million construction contract to Consigi Construction Company of Portland to build a layover and maintenance facility in Brunswick. Once the facility is complete, the Amtrak Downeaster will be able to add one daily round trip to Boston. Funding from a new federal source enabled NNEPRA to use Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for the project.

Read more from the NNEPRA and in Mainebiz. Photo courtesy of Car Free Maine.

DEP's Denial of Passadumkeag Wind Permit is Reversed
03/26/2013 - 3:47pm

In a 5-1 vote held on March 21, 2013, Maine's Board of Environmental Protection upheld an appeal by Passadumkeag Windpark LLC(developer) and Penobscot Forest LLC (landowners), of a November 2012 decision by the Department of Environmental Protection to deny their permit application. The point of disagreement was on whether the 14-turbine wind plant would meet the visual impact standards required by the Maine Wind Energy Act.

Read more in Mainebiz or in the Bangor Daily News.

Groups Seek to Save Smolts by Stalling Hydrodam Turbines
03/22/2013 - 9:15am

The Brunswick dam on the Androscoggin River in Brunswick Maine with fish ladder at leftEnvironment Maine and Friends of Merrymeeting Bay have filed a motion with the U.S. District Court in Portland, seeking a preliminary injunction to stop operation of the Weston, Shawmut and Lockwood dams on the Kennebec River, and the Brunswick dam on the Androscoggin River for 7 weeks. The groups say that the dams, owned by Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, are killing large numbers of young endangered Atlantic salmon or "smolts".

Read more in Mainebiz.

UMaine Develops Device to Gather Offshore Wind Data
03/08/2013 - 3:58pm

the LiDAR buoy system under development by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center Later this spring, UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center will test a buoy-based light detection and ranging system, or LiDAR, which can gauge wind speeds at up to 600' above the surface of the ocean. Data from the device can help to determine the best location for offshore wind turbines.

Read the full story in the Bangor Daily News or in Mainebiz.

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