Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wind Farm Permitted

Bangor Daily News:
"The Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued First Wind of Massachusetts a permit Tuesday to build a 40-turbine industrial wind site for $130 million on Rollins Mountain in Burlington, Lee, Lincoln and Winn.

“The Department finds that the applicant has demonstrated that the proposed project will provide significant tangible benefits to the host community and surrounding area,” according to the department’s 64-page report on the project, which was issued Tuesday.

Lincoln Town Council chairman Steve Clay hopes to see construction begin soon." .....

Tidal Power Testing

Bangor Daily News:
"EASTPORT, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday that it hopes to have a tidal power generator in the water by the end of summer to provide electricity to Station Eastport.

Sector Northern New England, in partnership with the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Conn., plans to test a tidal generator off Station East-port, the Coast Guard said on its Web site.

The Coast Guard made the announcement on Wednesday — Earth Day.

The Station Eastport facility is located on the breakwater in downtown Eastport.

“Once complete, the station would be the first federal facility in the continental U.S. to use tidal power,” the Coast Guard said.

The project carries a $100,000 price tag and could serve as a prototype for other Coast Guard facilities in Alaska and Washington." ....

Jetport Traffic Down 1%

WMTW Portland:
"The Portland International Jetport said the number of passengers in March dropped for a third consecutive month.

Greg Hughes, the airport's marketing director, said the number of passengers was 132,959, or a drop of 1 percent from a year ago.

But he said it was the airport's second-best March. And he said the airport fared better than a projected nationwide decline of 7.3 percent for the month."