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Penobscot River Dam Removal Gets National Attention; Live Stream Available

The dismantling of the Penobscot River’s Great Works Dam has begun, part of a project that Forbes calls a “hat trick.”  A live stream of the dam removal is available here

The Penobscot River Restoration project involves the removal of several dams along the river to allow fish stocks to replenish, while energy production is increased at other dams with no net loss of electric generation. 

The Penobscot River Restoration Trust closed on the purchase of Great Works (and other dams) in December 2010.  Verrill Dana represents the Trust in this unique and historic public-private collaboration to improve the environment while maintaining important local sources of energy.


Energy News Roundup: June 2-June 8

This week in regional energy news …


ISO New England Publishes 2011 Financial Report 

ISO New England has published its 2011 Financial Report. The Report includes a discussion of last year’s operations, including financial impacts, and projects and initiatives for 2012. The report also includes ISO New England’s audited financial statements.

With respect ISO New England’s 2011 projects and capital spending, ISO New England reports that actual spending was under budget by approximately $1.8 million. ISO New England’s FERC‐approved capital expenditure budget for 2011 was $26.5 million, but actual spending was under budget by $1,829,000. The reduced spend was primarily a result of delays in the design and approval for the Forward Capacity Market reform and price‐responsive demand projects. ISO New England describes its major projects in 2011, some of which are ongoing and multiyear, as follows:

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Massachusetts Publishes Guide to Solar Development in Landfills

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has released The Guide to Developing Solar Photovoltaics at Massachusetts Landfills (link will open a PDF of the guide).  This 40-page guide is in response to the growing numbers of larger scale solar projects being proposed and developed on public and private closed landfills.  According to MADOER, the guide covers: physical requirements of PV systems; PV system economics; landfill considerations; public procurement; and PV system development, design, and installation.


Maine Governor Nominates New PUC Commissioner

Maine Governor Paul LePage today posted the name of Mark Vannoy of Waldoboro, Maine, to fill the unexpired term of Vendean Vafiades on the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Mr. Vannoy is an engineer with Wright-Pierce in Topsham, Maine, who concentrates his practice in infrastructure, including sewer systems and dams. He is a former naval engineer, and he also serves on the Town of Waldoboro Energy Committee.

Mr. Vannoy’s nomination will be reviewed by the Legislature’s Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee in the near future, and then sent to the full Senate for final confirmation. 

Click the above links for more information on the nominee, including his responses to questionnaires and his résumé.


Energy News Roundup: April 21-April 27

This week in regional energy news …


Maine Launches Green Power Program 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission and 3Degrees, a leading renewable energy provider, announced the launch of Maine Green Power, a new, statewide, green power program. Maine Green Power provides residential and commercial customers the opportunity to support Maine-produced renewable energy by ensuring that electricity consumed in their homes and businesses is matched by electricity generated through renewable resources located in Maine. This program effectively allows Maine consumers to purchase locally produced, renewable energy.

MPUC Chairman Welch explained that “Maine has abundant hydro, wind, biomass and other renewable energy resources” and that “Maine Green Power will enable our state’s residents and businesses to encourage further local development of these resources by choosing to power their homes and businesses with renewable energy generated in Maine.”

According to the MPUC, Maine Green Power participants will be able to ensure that the electricity they use at their homes or businesses is matched, in whole or in part, by electricity generated through Maine renewable resources. Qualifying renewable resources include solar, hydro, wind, biomass, tidal, geothermal and fuels cells that utilize landfill gas or agricultural biogas. Maine Green Power will be available to Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Maine Public Service Company customers.

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