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MAINE ENERGY NEWS

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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.

PUC Boosts Support for Energy Efficiency
03/07/2013 - 1:43pm

Efficiency Maine logoThe Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved a plan to increase the systems benefit charge paid on electric bills nearly threefold over three years and invest the revenues in Efficiency Maine Trust's programs. Analysts say that increasing energy efficiency in the state could ultimately drop Maine electricity rates 6% by 2025 and boost Gross State Product by $1.4 billion. The plan must next be approved by the legislature. 

Read more in Mainebiz.

UMaine Farmington Trustees Approve Fourth Geothermal Project
03/05/2013 - 4:19pm

the education center at University of Maine at Farmington boasts a geothermal heating and cooling system.Trustees for the University of Maine at Farmington gave the green light to a $1.5 million project to heat and cool 50,000 square feet of campus building space using geothermal technology. This fourth geothermal system on the campus will help it to meet its Climate Action Plan goal of eliminating its greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 and reducing its GHG output by 20 percent by 2015.

Read more in the Portland Press Herald, in Mainebiz or on UMF's website.

Photo credit: University of Maine Farmington.

Obama Picks Moniz for Energy Secretary
03/05/2013 - 2:56pm

Ernest Moniz the nominee for secretary of energy in President Obamas second termOn March 4, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Ernest Moniz, director of the Energy Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to replace Steven Chu as secretary of energy. The nomination has met with mixed reactions from environmentalists, who see Moniz as a proponent of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and for nuclear power.

Read it all in the Huffington Post.

Photo credit: Massachussetts Institute of Technology

Second Biocoal Plant Planned for Eastport
02/24/2013 - 3:23pm

Torrefited wood pellets or biocoal by thermogenThermogen, the company that is building one plant to produce torrefied wood pellets (or biocoal) in Millinocket, has signed an agreement to take over the former BASF plant in Eastport to produce the same product there, for export to the UK. The plant is expected to employ 75 directly and 300 in the woods. 

Read the full story in Mainebiz.

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.

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