This week in regional energy news …
- The University of Maine and Maine Maritime Academy will share a $1 million federal energy grant to fund research into tidal and offshore wind energy.
- Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection has proposed to exempt new or newly upgraded industrial facilities from anti-smog regulations. The pulp and paper industry expressed strong support for the proposal. The DEP will hold a hearing on the proposal this fall.
- The DEP has issued a permit for the construction of 18 new wind turbines in Hancock County by First Wind.
- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin criticized ISO New England’s decision to decrease generation from renewable energy sources and increase generation from coal and oil generators during the recent heat wave.
- Maine has received $1 million to support Penobscot River Restoration Trust’s goal to decommission and remove dams and help restore 11 native fish species along the Penobscot River.
- Maine’s Board of Environmental Protection has overturned a DEP ruling denying a permit to the developers of a proposed 14-turbine, 42-megawatt wind project at Passadumkeag Mountain. The board’s 5-1 decision means that the project may move forward.