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

Maine Aqua Ventus I Project Timeline

The timeline for the Maine Aqua Ventus I project is still under development. As the timeline changes, updates will be shared on Monhegan Energy Info.  Phase 1: Design, Engineering, and Pre-permitting (April 2013- May 2014) Maine Aqua Ventus completes baseline information collection and 50% Design/Engineering/ Pre-permitting phase January 2014 – MPUC approves term sheet February 2014 –… Read More

Resources

Note: The views and opinions expressed on all external links are not necessarily the view and opinions of the Monhegan Energy Task Force. Community Benefits Information Provision of Power vs. Alternative Benefit Environmental studies Avian and Bat Studies Fact Sheet Information about the LiDAR buoy deployed off of Monhegan during Fall/Winter 2015 Acoustic Modeling for… Read More

How loud will the turbines be?

The answer to this FAQ was provided by Maine Aqua Ventus. The acoustic modeling study cited in this blog is available here. In order to assess the potential for noise to reach the island, Maine Aqua Ventus consulted with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a US Department of Energy Laboratory that specializes in assessing… Read More