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

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POWER FROM WATER: AN OCEAN OF POSSIBILITIES

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

 
 

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03/12/2017 - 1:28pm

A solar eruptive prominence as seen in extreme UV light on March 30 2010 with Earth superimposed for a sense of scale image Credit to NASA and SDOYou may have heard of solar storms in earth science or geophysics classes in school, right?

02/20/2017 - 3:28pm

 New England Grassroots Environment Fund logoThe New England Grassroots Environment Fund is offering Grow Grants of up to $3,500 for community sustainability initiatives across New England and the application deadline for this round is March 15, 2017. 

02/05/2017 - 6:12pm

Laney Brown, VP of Grid Modernization Strategy from Modern Grid Partners photo by Kay MannThe sixth annual Efficiency Maine Symposium had a very long name this year: “modernization of the electricity grid and opportunities for distributed energy resources”.

02/04/2017 - 9:22pm

smart meter photo by Kay MannOn January 31, 2017, the Maine Public Utilities Commission issued a decision on proposed rule changes regarding customer net energy billing. The following information comes from the MPUC’s press release on the announcement.

01/22/2017 - 4:32pm

infographic by US-DOE depicting a typical micro hydropower system courtesy of DOE.Maine is riddled with opportunities to generate power from streams, rivers and tidal inlets. Our forefathers hitched these power sources up and used them to great advantage. What happened?

01/08/2017 - 12:52pm

In July of 2016, the U.S.

12/11/2016 - 12:56pm

Nathan Smith Darrell Henry Jason Smith and David Meyer speak on energy policy panel at E2Tech Expo 2016 photo by Kay MannOn November 17, 2016, E2Tech hosted its second annual expo at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

11/13/2016 - 1:23pm

Image from 2015 E2Tech Expo courtesy of E2TechThe second annual E2TECH EXPO on November 17 will be the premier energy event of the year! The U.S.

11/12/2016 - 5:40pm

Eric Johnson Director of External Affairs for ISO New England and Ben DAntonio Counsel & Analyst for the New England States Committee on Electricity or NESCOE photo by Kay MannThe New England electricity system is changing, with natural gas power generation plants beginning to

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MPUC Defers Decision on Net Metering Rule Changes
01/08/2017 - 1:51pm

Photo of Mark Vannoy courtesy of the Maine Public Utilities CommissionOn December 19, 2016, the Maine Public Utilities Commission announced a delay in handing down a decision about a controversial set of proposed rule changes to Maine’s net metering law.

Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy was quoted as saying, ”This is an important rule and more time is needed to consider the proposed rule in light of the comments we received to ensure that the rule treats all ratepayers in a fair manner. It remains clear that changes in technology and costs of small renewable generation, particularly solar photo-voltaic, require a careful review of the current rule and potential modifications."

The 128th Maine Legislature, which has just opened it 2017 session, will also be considering changes to net metering laws.

Read more in Mainebiz and read the announcement on the MPUC website.

Photo of Mark Vannoy courtesy of the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

DOE Invests in Maine Tidal Power Company
09/17/2016 - 8:37pm

ORPC's TidGen turbine generator unit being readied for installation at Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project site image courtesy of ORPCOn August 31, 2016, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) of Portland, Maine will receive $5,350,000 through the Department of Energy to enhance the performance of its tidal turbine system.  ORPC was one of 10 organizations across the country to receive funding to support the development of a commercially viable marine and hydrokinetic industry.

ORPC plans to use the grant to enhance the performance of its tidal turbine system by integrating several advanced component technologies. The device's novel floating design will move the turbine near the surface to capture higher flow velocities and will help reduce the cost of installation and on-water operations, ultimately lowering the cost of energy. This project will demonstrate and monitor turbine performance during its deployment in Cobscook Bay.

Read the announcement from Senator Collins.

Read the Energy Department’s announcement.

Image credit: ORPC's TidGen® turbine generator unit being readied for installation at Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project site, courtesy of ORPC.

UMaine Opens World Class Wind and Wave Testing Facility
12/26/2015 - 7:03pm

the Harold Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Laboratories image courtesy of the University of MaineOn November 23, 2015, the Advanced Structures & Composites Center at the University of Maine at Orono celebrated the opening of the Harold Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing Laboratories. This world-class testing laboratory will prototype coastal and offshore structures, including ships, aquaculture facilities, oil and gas structures, and ocean energy devices under extreme wave, wind and current environments.

During the ceremonies, the Harold Alfond Foundation announced a $3.9 million grant to the University of Maine to match $9.98 million already raised for the facility. See photos of the day’s celebration here. Read more in the Bangor Daily News.

Image credit: University of Maine.

Ocean Renewable Power Company Receives DOE Grant
12/26/2015 - 12:15pm

Ocean renewable power company tidgen tidal generation turnine photo courtesy of orc.On November 24, 2015 the Bangor Daily News reported that the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) of Portland received a $2.25 million grant to make efficiency improvements to the deployment, anchoring and retrieval system for its tidal power generation turbines in Cobscook Bay off Lubec and Eastport. The work is expected to lower operational costs and make the technology more commercially viable. Testing is slated for 2017.

The grant was announced by Rep. Chellie Pingree and is one of 41 of the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy awards made recently. Read the full story in the Bangor Daily News.

Image courtesy of Ocean Renewable Power Company.

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.

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