Written by Ian Lusk Wednesday, 22 January 2014An update to a story we told you about last week… an offshore wind energy project in Maine has received a key approval from state regulators. This article from CompositesWorld.com says the Maine Public Utilities Commission gave the go-ahead for the Maine Aqua Ventus project, a pilot offshore wind farm project designed to prove the feasibility of floating offshore wind turbines.
Courtesy of Domestic Fuel. Read more here.
Written by Ian Lusk Tuesday, 21 January 2014
The University of Maine's (UMaine) Advanced Structures and Composites Center notes that its small-scale, floating offshore wind turbine prototype off the coast of Maine has survived harsh winter storms and weather. According to an Associated Press report, the center is now confident that full-scale versions of the technology will fare well if and when they are deployed.
Courtesy of North American Windpower. Read more here.
Written by Ian Lusk Wednesday, 15 January 2014The 12MW Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind project cleared a critical hurdle today when state regulators approved a term sheet for a long-term energy contract.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-to-1 to accept the proponent’s bid to produce an estimated 43,000MWh/year at a price of 23 cents/kWh. The price shall increase 2.25% annually for 20 years.
The panel agreed that the project meets the criteria set out under the Ocean Energy Act designed to kick-start offshore wind development. The proponents demonstrate technical and financial capacity, as well as local economic benefits, ruled the commission.
Courtesy of Renews . Read more here.
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