Jeff Thaler of the University of Maine produced this roadmap on behalf of the Maine Composites Alliance, the Maine Wind Industry Initiative, and the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine. The entire permitting process for an offshore wind project in Maine is laid out, step-by-step. The roadmap includes all the relevent state level regulations, as well as the necessary federal level requirements.
Economic Impact & Financing
Jake Ward, Vice President of Innovation at the University of Maine produced a presentation about the Aqua Ventus Project. Because the Department of Energy gave the University only alternate status for a $47 million federal grant, Ward presents a path forward showing how to complete the pilot project without federal funding. The project is moving forward but at a smaller scale.
In a presentation for USAID and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Jason Rauch of the Maine Public Utilities Commission sets out a long-term economic evaluation of the Aqua Ventus project. Among other things, the reasoning behind the discount rates used and the final value of the PPA are explained.
Counsel to Maine Aqua Ventus submitted an open letter to the Maine Public Utilities Commission highlighting the economic and financial benefits to the State of Maine of the Aqua Ventus project.
Statoil had requested a waiver on the US Department of Energy's patent requirements on a grant offered to Statoil for the Hywind project. DOE approved the waiver. This was required due to the pilot project being a demonstration of Norwegian-held patents, and the award requires U.S. products to be considered first.
Statoil informs the Maine Public Utilities Commission that it is putting the Hywind project on hold until further notice. After the initial approval of the termsheet, Statoil has found the regulatory structure in Maine unclear. The language of bill LD 1472 is cited as a major cause of this lack of clarity.
The BOEM provides a fact sheet on the Cape wind project. It provides a history of the project and details pertaining to production, location and fees
Judge Sterns provides his opinion for dismissing the case of Town of Barnstable v. Ann Berwick, on 11th amendment grounds. The Plaintiffs failed to distinguish how their claim was different from previous claims that were dismissed. The opinion is based on previous decisions and makes no statement on the wind farm placement.
Following the dismissal of the case Town of Barnstable v Ann Berwick regarding the contract for a power purchase agreement between Cape Wind and NSTAR, Cape Wind issued this press release. Cape Wind cites the continued delaying tactics as being costly to taxpayers, and says the dismissal was a victory for a domestic offshore wind industry
Robert Shields submits a complaint against the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CMRC) and Deepwater Wind, claiming that CMRC’s public hearing process and decision to approve the Block Island Wind Farm were flawed. He cites a lack of economic analysis in the review process.