First Wind bigwig Kurt Adams saw no conflict in his UMS Board Seat Hearing before the Education Committee
- Adams was questioned about any potential conflict that might happen if he is confirmed to the board of trustees while continuing as an executive of First Wind. The University of Maine is involved in building a pilot wind power project off the Maine coast.
- Adams said he does not see a conflict because First Wind is “a terrestrial wind power company” and the university proposal is a pilot project to develop and test new equipment and technologies, not generate power in competition with First Wind or any other power company.
- BUT: Adams conveniently chose to not tell them about First Wind's ownership of Deepwater Wind whose own website proclaims Deepwater as "the U.S. leader in offshore wind power development".
RELATED READING: First Wind - The Kurt Adams Story (Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting)