Friday, August 28, 2009

Maine announces public information meetings for ocean energy demonstration sites

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August 27, 2009

MEDIA CONTACT:
Mark Robinson, 207-286-1993, markrobinson@maine.rr.com

(Augusta, Maine) The Maine Department of Conservation and the State Planning Office announced this morning that five public information meetings will take place in September to hear from key stakeholders about possible sites to demonstrate new technologies for deepwater, offshore wind energy. The meetings will be held in Ellsworth, Wiscasset, Machias, Wells and Rockport. State legislation passed unanimously in June mandates that the Department of Conservation and the State Planning Office work together to identify between one and five demonstration sites in Maine’s coastal waters. Demonstration sites are places where new technologies can be tested to see how they fare in offshore conditions.
 The Maine Offshore Energy
Demonstration Area Siting Initiative
c/o Maine Geological Survey
22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0022
Phone: 207-287-2804, Fax: 207-287-2353

The schedule for the public information meetings is:September 9 Ellsworth, Holiday Inn 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
September 15 Wiscasset, Wiscasset Community Center 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
September 16 Machias, UMaine Machias Performing Arts Center 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
September 22 Wells, Wells High School Auditorium 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
September 29 Rockport, Samoset Resort 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
 (Web site, Ocean Energy Task Force: http://www.maine.gov/spo/specialprojects/OETF/)

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