Entries Filed in 'Issue 24'

$1.3 million for Community Colleges for Energy-related Programs

March 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Energy Issues, Issue 24, Maine's green energy potential

Efficiency Maine—a program of the Maine Public Utilities Commission—has awarded a total of $1.3 million in grants to four Maine Community Colleges to support their work in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

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Efficiency Maine Awards $635,000 Energy Efficiency Projects

March 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Announcements, Business & Innovation, Education, Energy Issues, Issue 24, Maine's green energy potential

Today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s Efficiency Maine program announced the award of $635,000 for energy efficiency projects at 19 commercial, municipal and non-profit facilities across Maine.

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2010-11 Budget Changes Revised as Revenue Picture Brightens

March 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · Capitol news, Community Maine, Education, Health Care, Issue 24

Governor John E. Baldacci today presented his priorities for restoring $78.7 million in cuts original proposed to close a budget gap created by the global recession and declining State revenues.

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Over $4 million in loans to help Maine small business and community organizations

January 14th, 2010 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Community Maine, Education, Issue 24

Recovery Act funding will make it possible for a southern Maine small business and a midcoast non-profit to access over $4 million in loans that had been unavailable to them in this tight credit market, according to Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

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IN THIS ISSUE: Maine’s economic recovery—

January 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Issue 24, Public Safety

Exclusive Interview with Gov. John Baldacci about Maine’s wind-energy potential and how the state will become an energy exporter

The plan to close the budget gap – implementing more efficiencies will help

Editorial—
Maine’s recovery – it started seven years ago

Maine is moving forward with the development of alternative energies. Recent accomplishments include:

Fox Islands Electric Cooperative, a model for community wind development

Offshore wind test sites are the beginning of Maine’s future exporting energy

Brunswick Naval Air Station could become a green-energy hub

Kibby Wind adds to Maine’s reputation as a wind-power generator

Maine’s weatherization programs

Expanded natural gas pipeline provides energy options

With wind development growing in Maine educational programs for wind-energy technology and wind-tower rescue are also on the rise with:

Northern Maine’s Community College program,

A specialized training programs for wind-energy technology and wind-tower rescue,

and UMaine’s new graduate and undergraduate programs

Taking action for climate change legislation—

Operation Free – defending America with climate-change action

The first step for the Maine Forest Initiative—

Sustaining Maine’s forests – a model for the federal government

Businesses News—

Maine Standard Biofuels of Portland, Maine

$25 million to expand broadband to rural Maine

Old Town Canoe stays in Maine and expands with Pine Tree Zone assistance

All photography in this issue by Ramona du Houx unless indicated

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Gov. John Baldacci: Maine’s energy future

January 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Business & Innovation, Energy Issues, Exclusive Interviews, Issue 24, Maine's green energy potential

Ocean wind energy—

How important is deep ocean wind energy to Maine’s overall renewable energy plans?

“I truly believe that deep ocean wind will be the major resource of domestic renewable energy, for our region. We have a tremendous opportunity before us to export this resource to our region, and met our energy needs.

“Deep-sea ocean wind energy is the future. When I went to Norway and saw their floating wind turbine it stood before us, like the Washington Monument, my immediate reaction was to say, ‘this is the future.’ We have consistently strong winds offshore producing enough energy to power 149 nuclear power plants.

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On the winds of change — Maine is the first state to move into offshore wind development

January 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Business & Innovation, Energy Issues, Issue 24, Maine's green energy potential

Robert Marvinney, State Geologist and Dr. Dagher or UMaine talk to Gov. Bladacci about the offshore wind tests.
Robert Marvinney, State Geologist and Dr. Dagher or UMaine talk to Gov. Bladacci about the offshore wind tests.

Maine took another big step in becoming the first state to create offshore wind test and demonstration sites. During a press conference at the Statehouse, government officials and researches announced three sites where offshore wind prototypes will be constructed. The first of which will begin construction late in 2010.

According to Dr. Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Maine could generate electrical energy from offshore wind equivalent to 149 nuclear power plants. The offshore wind potential of 100 gigawatts is three to four times the current peak demand for all of New England.

That’s a lot of energy, more than enough to power Maine homes and businesses with electrical heat and lights, as well as export it to New England and Canadian markets.

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Companies partnering with Maine for wind technology

January 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Business & Innovation, Energy Issues, Issue 24, Maine's green energy potential

A massive hanger on BNAS. The base has nearly two million square feet of industrial and commercial space that could be used to build wind turbines and component parts.
A massive hanger on BNAS. The base has nearly two million square feet of industrial and commercial space that could be used to build wind turbines and component parts.
Impressed, was the look on the countenances of Statoil representatives after they finished their Maine energy infrastructure tour with Bath Iron Works, as the last stop. Seeing how the company makes state-of–the art destroyers for the U.S. government is always impressive.

Instilling confidence that Maine is the right partner to work with in producing wind turbines was a clear objective of Maine’s delegation that hosted the Norwegian company’s visit. Another stop along their tour was the soon-to-be decommissioned Naval Air Station Brunswick.

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Larkin Enterprises helps establish wind-tower rescue and composite repair training

January 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Business & Innovation, Education, Energy Issues, Issue 24, Maine's green energy potential

Gov. Baldacci talks to students of the wind training in Portland.
Gov. Baldacci talks to students of the wind training in Portland.
At the Harrison Shrader Enterprises Gould Training Facility in South Portland, 36 trainees recently received instruction in wind-tower rescue taught by Rescue Geeks of Maine. For field-training sessions, they traveled to Danforth’s Stetson windmill site, owned by First Wind.

The specialized course, Tower Rescue & Composite Training 2009, also instructed these individuals in composite technology, wind-tower repair at Southern Maine Community College Advanced Technology Center extension in Brunswick. Wind-tower composite repair could become something Maine specializes in with the research and development occurring at UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

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New Courses to be offered at UMaine for wind development

January 3rd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Education, Energy Issues, Issue 24, Maine's green energy potential

Maine has been recognized as a leader in wind-energy development. There are currently 300 megawatts operating or under construction in Maine, with another 450 megawatts of wind in various stages of development throughout the state. Already, Maine is home to 95 percent of the operating onshore wind capacity in New England.

The overall plan is to educate students in Maine in wind technologies, from the development stages, with the composite technology expertise at UMaine, to engineering the turbines. The education received could, upon graduation, translate to jobs with companies in Maine that are part of the DeepCwind Consortium.

With 15,000 jobs projected in this field, Maine is gearing its educational programs up to meet the demand for skilled workers.

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