This week in regional energy news …
- Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Co.’s prototype underwater power system approaches commercial viability after passing tests showing that the generator causes no harm to marine life. The unit may be connected to the grid by the end of 2011.
- At the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum, fishing industry officials announce that they ought to be closely involved in offshore wind proposals.
- More than 150 people attended a public hearing on New Hampshire’s Northern Pass project, which would carry energy from Hydro-Quebec to southern New England through 140 miles of transmission lines in New Hampshire.
- Despite a great deal of controversy on the subject, SWN Resources Canada decides to proceed with a hydro-fracking project in New Brunswick. Hydro-fracking is an intensive method of extracting natural gas from shale rock.
- New Vineyard, Maine, residents ready for a vote on local ordinances regarding wind projects.
- And a report issued by Maine economist Charlie Colgan indicates that Maine has benefited from hundreds of millions of dollars—nearly $223 million—in local spending as a result of the development of Maine’s major wind projects, showing a clear boost to Maine’s economy. The report also showed that wind projects have created an average of 240 jobs per year in Maine since 2003. Meanwhile, an Environment Maine report urges Mainers to go solar.