Wind power will be the topic of the final installment of the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust's popular fall lecture series, Wood, Water, Wind: Alternative Energy and Impacts on the Kennebec Estuary. The November 19th talk will be held at 7:00 pm at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine.
Wind energy has been boosted by state and national energy policies. The Obama Administration set a national goal of twenty percent wind energy by the year 2030, and Governor John E. Baldacci wants Maine to provide 3,000 megawatts of wind energy by 2020, with at least 300 megawatts offshore.
The Department of Energy injected funds for offshore wind power in the Gulf of Maine last month with an $8 million grant to a consortium headed by the University of Maine. Floating test turbines could be on the water within two years. The five preliminary test sites will be narrowed in December, and a leading contender is near Damariscove Island about 5 nautical miles off the mouth of the Damariscotta River near Boothbay Harbor.
Beth Nagusky, co-Chair of the Governor's Ocean Energy Task Force, and Director of the Office of Innovation and Assistance at Maine's Department of Environmental Protection will present an update on the status of wind technology and site selection.
Jim Tolan of Arrowsic is the U.S. Director of SgurrEnergy, an independent engineering consultancy specializing in renewable energy. He will discuss the challenges of developing wildlife-friendly wind power, something with which he has extensive experience after serving as project director for the installation of a 2.4-megawatt wind project in the Galapagos Islands.
Jody Jones a wildlife ecologist with Maine Audubon will provide a conservation perspective, including how wind turbines may impact bird migration routes.
The event is supported by the Bath Savings Trust Company. A $5.00 donation is suggested at the door.
The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is a membership supported non-profit organization dedicated to conservation of the natural, historic, scenic, cultural and recreational resources of the Kennebec Estuary. It holds easements on over 700 acres of private land and owns seven preserves open for public enjoyment.