James McConnon, an economics professor at the University of Maine and a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for an article on Small Business Saturday shopping in Maine. McConnon said he isn’t sure how much of an effect the day has on the state because it would depend on “how much was spent that day at local stores versus what’s spent outside the community or at chains that export some of the money outside the area.” But anecdotal evidence and national studies suggest there is a positive effect.
James McConnon, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and UMaine professor of economics, spoke with the Sun Journal about the local food trend for an article about buying local for Thanksgiving. McConnon said interest in local foods is high for three reasons: nutrition, food safety and support of local business.
The University of Maine’s 9,000-pound offshore wind turbine prototype VolturnUS is featured in an Al Jazeera America article titled “A turning point for offshore wind energy?”
The article describes the “floating lab” that since this summer has been collecting data and producing enough energy for five homes off the coast of Castine, Maine. It also details DeepCwind’s future goals, including installing two full-size turbines off Monhegan Island in 2016 and having a full-scale wind farm generating 5 gigawatts of power offshore by 2030 — “twice as much power as the entire state of Maine requires and the equivalent output of five nuclear power plants.”
Bangor Daily News editorial page editor Erin Rhoda highlights University of Maine graduate student Rachael Joyce in a blog titled Arguably.
Joyce, who is studying civil engineering and works at the university’s Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center developing offshore wind turbine technology, also assists her boyfriend with Volition Ski Co. — a startup company that hand-builds skis. Consider the positive impact, writes Rhoda, if 2,000 more young, talented people from Maine chose to stay and work and create businesses in the state.
The Bangor Daily News carried a story by the Sun Journal that reported state energy regulators with the Maine Public Utilities Commission will soon release information contained in a proposal by Maine Aqua Ventus, a public-private consortium led by the University of Maine that seeks to develop two full-scale floating wind turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island.
WLBZ (Channel 2) and Bangor Daily News reported on the first of three public meetings being held by University of Maine representatives to share updates on the planned 12-megawatt offshore wind demonstration project by Maine Aqua Ventus GP LLC. During the first meeting in Friendship, university officials including Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, showed residents the research they are currently doing. Some residents, including State Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, I-Friendship, were concerned over the effects the project could have on fishing in the area. Ward said they are studying the effects the turbines will have on fishermen, boats and wildlife. WLBZ also carried a report about Volturnus 1:8 — the UMaine-led DeepCwind Consortium’s test turbine off Castine — withstanding a storm earlier in November.
The Penobscot Bay Pilot and the Associated Press advanced three public meetings in Friendship, Bristol and Port Clyde that will be held by the University of Maine to share updates on the planned 12-megawatt offshore wind demonstration project by Maine Aqua Ventus GP LLC. Boston.com, Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Portland Press Herald, WGME (Channel 13), WABI (Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) were among news organizations to carry the AP report.
A Bangor Daily News editorial titled “Want Bangor to be Silicon Valley East? Here are 3 ideas to start making it happen” cited the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation and the Target Technology Incubator as important resources in the Bangor region that can help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
The University of Maine will hold three public meetings in Friendship, Bristol and Port Clyde to share updates on the planned 12-megawatt offshore wind demonstration project by Maine Aqua Ventus GP LLC.
The meetings, from 6–8 p.m., will be held: Nov. 12, Friendship Town Office; Nov. 14, Bristol Consolidated School; and Nov. 25, Herring Gut Learning Center, Port Clyde. Moderating the meetings will be Maine Sea Grant Director Paul Anderson.
Community members interested in learning more about the offshore wind demonstration project are urged to attend.
The Associated Press, Renewable Energy News, Bangor Daily News and Mainebiz reported the University of Maine and its partner companies have released additional details about their offshore wind project proposal. Maine Aqua Ventus released information about plans to supply power directly to Monhegan Island. Jeffrey Thaler, assistant university counsel and a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at UMaine, told the AP the project aims to provide power to the island where residents currently have high energy costs due to their reliance on generators. Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, said the proposal highlights the university and its partner companies’ strong approach that they believe gives them a good shot at winning a $46 million federal energy grant. The Boston Herald, Sun Journal, WLBZ (Channel 2), Tri-City Herald, Miami Herald, Recharge News, Portland Press Herald and Bloomberg Businessweek were among organizations to carry the AP report. The BDN also published an editorial on the project and Before it’s News mentioned the project in the article “Offshore wind experiences its best growth in 2013.”