Fishermens Forum – Audio of Monhegan R&D floating windsite talk, other nearshore wind issues

“What does Ocean Energy and Wind Power mean for Maine’s Fishermen?” was title of a seminar at the Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport Maine on Saturday March 6, 2010.  The discussion included a review of the UM  R&D  wind site off Monhegan by scientist Neal Pettigrew,  a description of  the  new bill LD 1810 that would open up all of Maine’s territorial sea to windfarm leasing and much more.  Here as mp3s  is everything that each speaker said at the seminar, in the order they spoke. The Q&A session was brief and I may post it shortly. Read my opinions/observations below the list of speakers’s links if you choose.

Introduction Dierdre Gilbert Maine DMR 2min
Beth Nagusky, MDEP Office of Innovation 13 min
George Lapointe, Department of Marine Resources  5 minutes
Des Fitzgerald, Principle Power 10 Minutes
Peter Hughes, Fishermen’s Energy, New Jersey 12 minutes
Neal Pettigrew, University of Maine  on Monhegan R&D site 11 minutes
Addison Ames, Vinalhaven Electric Coop 10 min
Rob Snyder, Island Institute  10 minutes

My biased observations:  A roomful of fishermen listened silent but very attentive, as the speakers made their pitches for leasing off Maine’s state waters to  the power industry. No questions till all the speakers were done.  One unusual thingw as that  NOBODY got any applause. Not the govt officials of MDEP or DMR. Not the University of Maine scientist, not the  Vinalhaven electric coop official, nor the “Fisherman Wind”  guy from New Jersey or the Island Instituter.   Just stunned silence, as a succession of  maps rolled across the screen showing plans for windfarms the size of  Delaware stretching offshore and onshore.

The Q and A was cut short – notably the panel declined to answer repeated requests for an approximate  number of  windmills they were planning to install in Maine waters. to reach the megawatts the state as set as goals.  The industry people talked very happily in describing the  kilowatts  and megawatts of energy they could pull from Maine state waters ocean winds, but grew vague  when asked to come up with a number of poles that would be placed in those waters. But none of the government officials or wind industry people would offer up even a guess.

One suspects that the public hearing  on LD 1810 on March 11th in front of the Energy and Utility Committee will be well attended!

These  words, of course are my observations and opinions  and may have little to do with reality as others perceive it…

Filling in the interstices: lunar power industry wishes to join wind wannabes in planned Monhegan energy test zone

Resolute Marine of Boston  hopes to add lunar power  energy extractors to the same two square mile area south of Monhegan that the wind industry plans to use to develop giant floating offshore wind turbines, that would be emplaced by the hundreds a few miles east of the  test site in federal waters.  Now, if the photoelectric people show up, sun, moon and wind could all three be pressed into service making electricity for Monhegankind! 

NASA photo