Crony capitalism hopes to get a boost here in Maine.
Perhaps someone needs to tell Jeremy Payne that on February 1, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a condemnation of the current approaches to floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs) and a decision to proceed by researching radically different design concepts. The DOE advised that "the current state of the art for FOWT is too massive and expensive for practical deployment", also saying "Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWTs) are currently designed to be large and heavy to replicate more familiar onshore wind turbine dynamics, maintain stability, and survive storms. However, this approach fundamentally limits how inexpensive FOWTs can ever become." See:http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/u-s-doe-seemingly-scrap...
..................Having Maine back in the game could be transformative – and not just because it’s well-suited to provide offshore wind power to the region.
In her inaugural address, Mills highlighted the need to address climate change. “It is time to act!” she said. “Our administration will embrace clean energy, change our modes of transportation, weatherize homes and businesses, and reach a goal of 50 percent of our electricity coming from Maine renewable resources.”..............................
......................Many of the state’s neighbors have looked to Maine for the grid-scale wind it’s uniquely suited to provide. But Kathleen Meil, the Maine policy advocate for the regional environmental advocacy group Acadia Center, described the wind industry as having atrophied under LePage. The state, she said, needs to restart the innovation process, re-establish expertise, and rebuild the state’s clean-energy agenda.
“It’s now time to pick our heads up and think about how we think bigger, how we accomplish more, because we have a lot of catching up to do,” she said.
“There’s a tremendous opportunity – imperative and, I think, opportunity – for Governor Mills to re-engage with the other New England governors very actively,” said Dylan Voorhees, climate and clean energy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine....................................“Ten years ago, we had 10 companies that were looking at Maine to test their floating offshore wind technology. Then a couple of years later, it was down to six,” said Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association. “Now it’s down to one.”..........................
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