Aqua Ventus Wind Project: Is It Right For Bristol?

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**Project Overview can be found below Important Updates**
January 19, 2018

January 9, 2018

December 18, 2017

December 12, 2017

March 30, 2017

March 2017

June 8, 2016

May 27, 2016

December 11, 2015

November 16, 2015:

October 1, 2014:

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June 18, 2014:

May 7, 2014:

MAV rules out Port Clyde as a cable site, citing fishermen's continued use of an existing cableway.  Alternative cable site options are being reconsidered:

Maine Regulators Stall the MAV Project, noting the original contract would now provide for an unwarranted subsidy for a project that may not be as necessary as it once was, given the fact that many of the goals of the state's Ocean Wind Energy Act are already being met:

Maine Aqua Ventus issues a letter of apology to the Maine Lobsterman's Association, specifically noting poor communications and "inadequate notice" of an undersea survey:

Maine Coastal Town Leaders (Port Clyde) Vote to Oppose Offshore Wind Project:

Senator Dana Dow, Lincoln County, submits LD 1262, "An Act to Protect Mohegan Island by Limiting Wind Turbines," to the Maine Legislature.  Bill language can be found here: 

U. S. Department of Energy holds Scoping Meeting for revised New England Aqua Ventus I Project. Note that the new projected landfall location for the undersea cable is in Port Clyde, Maine.  Presentation can be found here:

DCNS Group, a French defense company with over $3 billion in annual revenues, announces it will help develop Aqua Ventus' Wind Power Project.

The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that the University of Maine's New England Aqua Ventus 1 project has made substantial progress and will be on boarded into the demonstration program, along with the other alternate project, LEEDCO.  This means they have received funding to proceed with the project.  

Maine Aqua Ventus becomes "New England Aqua Ventus I."

The U.S. Department of Energy granted UMAINE an additional $3.7 million to continue research and development work on its wind turbine project.  While the UMaine project remains in alternate status, Jake Ward, UMaine's assistant vice president for innovation and development, notes they are "still in the game."  Decisions regarding the allocation of an additional $40 million grant will be made on made on  May 31, 2016.

Bristol Voters Turned Out in Unprecedented Numbers to Say NO to Cables from Offshore Wind Turbines
  • In addition to a number of non-residents, 227 individuals, or approximately 10% of Bristol's registered voters, packed the Special Town Meeting held in Bristol's gym on October 1.
  • With almost no discussion, an overwhelming majority (an estimated 90-10 split) voted against "allowing placement in our town of high powered transmission cables to connect the grid to the Monhegan wind power test project."
  • Voters also approved the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance Amendments and the addition of $2000 for legal  fees incurred as a result of wind power related issues.

Special Bristol Town Meeting 
WHERE:  Bristol Consolidated School
WHEN:  7:00 p.m.
WHY:  To address Shoreland Zoning Ordinance changes, Harbor Ordinance changes, Citizens' Petition Vote

Meeting with UMaine
WHERE:  Bristol Consolidated School
WHEN:  6:00 p.m.
WHY:  To find out what is going on, how it might involve the Town, and ask questions from representatives of the University of Maine.

The University of Maine met with Bristol's Wind Power Advisory Committee and Bristol's citizens to update them on the current status of the Project, and to answer continued questions regarding the Project.
The University of Maine met with the Monhegan Energy Task Force to update them on the current status of the Project, given the fact that they were not awarded full funding by the Department of Energy.
The Department of Energy (DOE) designated the Maine Aqua Ventus Wind Project as an "alternate grant recipient" and awarded it approximately $3 million to continue the design and engineering aspects of the Project.  Notably, the DOE selected projects in Oregon, New Jersey, and Virginia as recipients for the full funding.