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Anaerobic Digestion Facility Planned at Brunswick Landing
02/20/2013 - 1:11pm

The former site of the Naval Air Station at Brunswick Maine courtesy of Midcoast Regional Redevelopment AuthorityVillage Green Ventures of New York plans to build a bacteria-based power generation facility on 2 acres on the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. The plant would use bacteria to break down septic and waste material through anaerobic digestion, then capture the methane gas and use it to power heating and electrical equipment for other Brunswick Landing tenants.

Read the whole story in the Times Record from BDN Maine.

Photo credit: Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

First Wind Scouts New Sites in Hancock County
02/18/2013 - 6:15pm

wind turbine in Maine by Kay MannTwo subsidiaries of Boston-based First Wind, Hancock Wind and Weaver Wind, have identified up to 57 new potential sites for wind turbines in Township 22 and Osborn in Hancock County. The companies have secured land leases for many of the sites but have done no assessments of their suitability for wind power development. No development proposals have yet been submitted to state authorities, and it is likely that only a small number will move on to that phase, according to the Bangor Daily News.

UMaine Plans to Launch Test Turbine in Deep Water off Castine
02/13/2013 - 1:09pm

A small group of researchers and technicians at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center pose with Renewegy's 20 kW wind turbine prior to the turbine standing.The Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine plans to place a one-eighth-scale prototype of a floating deep-sea wind turbine in the harbor off Dyce Head in Castine, sometime in April of 2013. The 20 kilowatt or 27 horsepower turbine, called "VolturnUS", was developed by professor Habib Dagher, who will build its components with engineering students. It will be shipped to Cianbro's facility in Brewer for assembly and thence towed by a tugboat from Maine Maritime Academy to the test site in Castine Harbor.

Read More in the Bangor Daily News.

Avesta Housing Receives National Award
02/07/2013 - 4:53pm

Oak Street Lofts building by Avesta Housing in Portland MaineThe U.S. Green Building Council has given Avesta Housing of Portland the “2012 LEED for Home Outstanding Affordable Developer” award for the Oak Street Lofts project. Dana Totman, president of Avesta, said, “this award from the U.S. Green Building Council shows we’re still on the forefront of green design, and we’re proud to receive this recognition for Oak Street Lofts.”

Learn more about Oak Street Lofts here.

Photo credit: Avesta Housing

Governor LePage Focuses on Lower Energy Costs in State of the State Address
02/06/2013 - 1:50pm

Governor Paul LePage of MaineOn February 5, 2013, Governor Paul LePage gave his State of the State address to the Maine Legislature. After disparaging Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard and a recently-approved offshore wind project, the Governor pledged to fast-track permitting for natural gas infrastructure development and re-attempt to remove the 100 MW restrictions on hydropower. There was no mention of energy efficiency.

Read the full text of the speech here or watch the MPBN video here.

PUC approves Hywind Maine Offshore Pilot Project
01/25/2013 - 9:35am

A floating wind turbine such as the type proposed for a pilot project called Hywind Maine by Statoil of NorwayOn Thursday, January 24, 2013, the Maine Public Utilities Commission approved Statoil's term sheet proposal to install four wind turbines 12 miles off the coast at Boothbay Harbor, in 460 feet of water. The vote was 2-1 in favor of the $120-million project.

Read more in the Portland Press Herald.

Mt Abram Ski Area Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
01/21/2013 - 1:05pm

Mount Abrams electric vehicle charging station sign in Greenwood MaineMt. Abram Ski Area in Greenwood, Maine is the second ski area in the USA to install charging stations for electric and hybrid/electric vehicles. The two 220-volt charging centers are located close to the main lodge, rewarding guests who arrive in electric and hybrid cars.

For further information, see the announcement from Mt. Abram.

Efficiency Maine Deputy Director Dies
01/17/2013 - 6:04pm

Tim Vrabel of Efficiency MaineTim Vrabel, the Deputy Director of Efficiency Maine, died at his home in Bath on January 13, 2013, surrounded by family.  He was 63. Tim will be missed by all who had the good fortune to work with him.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Auction Proceeds Announced
01/16/2013 - 5:10pm

The ten states shown in dark green are participating in RGGI (except New Jersey, which is currently not participating). Observers and participating provinces are represented in lime green courtesy of WikipediaIn the 18th quarterly cap-and-trade auction held in December of 2012, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (or RGGI) brought $1,224,330 into Maine's coffers. This brought Maine's cumulative revenue count to $34,246,622 since the inception of the auctions. Auction proceeds fund various energy efficiency and weatherization programs in Maine.

Read all about it in Maine Insights.

Maine's Wind Power Capacity Approaching Goal
01/10/2013 - 5:33pm

Wind Turbines on Stetson Mountain, Maine by Kay MannWind power generated in Maine is now producing nearly 500 megawatts, enough to supply the average needs of 175,000 households. However, it's still at around 25% the goal set by the legislature, of 2,000 megawatts by 2015. New projects that are in various development stages could soon catapult the state to half of its wind-power goal. After 2015, the next goal for installed wind power capacity was set at 3,000 megawatts by 2020.

Read more in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek News.