Wing Goodale to Host Q&A on Birds & Offshore Wind – September 17

Wing Goodale M.S., Deputy Director at the Center for Ecology and Conservation and Research Director at the Biodiversity Research Institute will be hosting an informal question and answer session on September 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Inn at Fish & Maine. See the poster below for more information.

Reimbursement for METF activities

The following post was written by METF Co-Chair Marian Chioffi to explain the payments made to METF by the University of Maine as reimbursement for legal fees, surveying costs, and time/effort. There’s been a lot of discussion about MAV paying Monhegan.  In our effort to be as transparent as possible about the workings of METF,… Read More

Offshore Wind Public Meeting Held on Monhegan

The Monhegan Energy Task Force hosted a public meeting on June 18th at 6:00 pm at the Monhegan School featuring presentations and a question and answer session with representatives from the University of Maine. Links to the presentation from the University of Maine and a recording of the meeting are included below. Meeting Recording Click… Read More

METF reacts to U.S. Department of Energy decision on Monhegan wind

In response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s announcement today denying funding for the Maine Aqua Ventus MAV I project, the Monhegan Energy Task Force released the following statement: Monhegan Energy Task Force statement on Maine Aqua Ventus project failing to receive U.S. Department of Energy funding: Coalition of island residents calls on developer to… Read More

Project Timeline – 2008 to the present

The following blog was written by Monhegan First Assessor Tara Hire and summarizes the timeline of the Maine Aqua Ventus project and discussions about offshore wind around Monhegan dating back to 2008. Many people are wondering how a test site for wind turbines came to be designated off the coast of Monhegan. After looking back… Read More

Testing on Monhegan

LiDAR, the light detection and ranging device

As part of its ongoing research and design efforts, Maine Aqua Ventus (MAV) has been conducting a number of studies on and around the island. This post is the first in a series in which researchers explain their studies in greater detail. This document from the University of Maine explains the operation of a device… Read More

Changes to tourism caused by the MAV project

Update: The Tourism Impact Report is available here: Summer 2014 Monhegan Island Tourism Tech Report 6-3-16 The answer to this FAQ was provided by Maine Aqua Ventus.  Question: How is Maine Aqua Ventus I GP LLC (MAV) planning to characterize the potential changes to tourism caused by the project? Answer: Maine Aqua Ventus I GP LLC is… Read More

Questions from the community, answers from MAV

The following is a series of questions from community members and the general public with answers provided by the University of Maine and the Maine Aqua Ventus (MAV) team. Question (Q): What is the estimated life of platforms? Answer (A): 60-75 years – The full life depends on accounting methods for depreciation and amortization. Q:… Read More

Location of the Maine Aqua Ventus Turbines

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The answer to this FAQ was provided by Maine Aqua Ventus. Q: Where will the turbines be deployed and how big will they be? A:  The turbines would be located at the State of Maine selected Deepwater Offshore Wind Test Site in State waters approximately 2.5 miles south of Monhegan Island, Lincoln County, Maine and… Read More

How will this pilot project be financed?

There are four components to Maine Aqua Ventus’ financial plan. First, the current partners are making investments in the project. Second, the Department of Energy (DOE) can grant the project up to $46.6 million starting in 2014. Third, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) can provide a contract to purchase power. Fourth, private sector investment… Read More