Jeffrey Thaler, assistant university counsel and a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at the University of Maine, and Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, were interviewed for a Mainebiz article on the release of estimated cost and economic impact details of a proposed floating offshore wind project led by UMaine and its partner companies. The details filed by the Maine Aqua Ventus project say the project will create at least 340 jobs and make the state a hub for development. Utility customers would pay 23 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, which is higher than market rates. Thaler said for the price of a movie ticket, Mainers will be investing in helping the state become a leader in the offshore wind industry. Ward said Maine Aqua Ventus is also pledging to develop a STEM curriculum related to the project for high school students.
The Associated Press, Sun Journal and Portland Press Herald were among news organizations to report on cost and expected economic impact details of a proposed floating offshore wind project led by the University of Maine and its partner companies. The details filed by the Maine Aqua Ventus project say the planning and construction of the project will create at least 340 jobs and make the state a hub for development. Utility customers would pay 23 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, which is higher than market rates, but UMaine officials said it’s important to consider the economic and environmental benefits. The Modesto Bee, Miami Herald, WGME (Channel 13), The Sacramento Bee, NECN, WLBZ (Channel 2), Boston.com, and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP report.
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 Wiscasset Newspaper reported on a public meeting Nov. 14 in Bristol about the 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.
The paper said that Jake Ward, UMaine vice president for innovation and economic development, addressed the scope of the project, answered questions about the proposed six-megawatt turbines and said that benefits to Bristol would include tax relief and sustainable, environmentally friendly energy.
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.
The Kenway Composite Materials Laboratory will be dedicated Friday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine.
The lab is being named for Kenway Corporation, a third-generation family business in Augusta, Maine. Founded in 1947, the company produces fiberglass pleasure boats and composite, industrial components.
Kenway Corporation, Kenneth Priest II, Michael Priest and Ian Kopp Families contributed a $100,000 endowment held in the University of Maine Foundation. The earnings support UMaine staff, students, research and scientific advancement of polymer matrix composites and related materials at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
Kenway Corporation is also a manufacturing partner with Advanced Infrastructure Technologies to produce Composite Arch Bridges, formerly known as Bridge-in-a-BackpackTM.
A tour and an infusion demonstration will be held following the dedication.
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.
Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine, was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article on the Turkish Cultural Center Maine’s first Friendship Dinner. Dagher, Gov. Paul LePage and Maine Deputy Attorney General and Augusta Mayor William Stokes were all honored at the South Portland event.
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.