This week in regional energy news …
- Electricity efficiency efforts are paying off in the form of decreased energy consumption, which will keep electricity use flat over the next decade, ISO New England reports.
- Two floating offshore wind projects being proposed by Statoil North America and the University of Maine each received $4 million in grants from the federal Department of Energy this week. Test turbines for the UMaine project, designed by the Offshore Wind Laboratory at the school’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, will be launched in 2013.
- Bangor Gas announced plans to build Maine’s first compressed natural gas fueling station for public use. The station, which will be located in Bangor, is expected to be open in May.