Maine Generates Strong Presence at Offshore WINDPOWER Convention

Portland, ME - The State of Maine had a highly visible presence at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER Energy Exhibition and Conference held in Baltimore, October 11th-12th. Maine's active wind-energy business development efforts were prominently demonstrated on the exhibit floor with the largest state industry wind pavilion and in conference proceedings with a full Spotlight on Maine session, and two technical presentations from Maine industry delegates.

The Maine Wind Industry Pavilion, organized by the Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII), showcased nine companies and entities, including University of Maine Advanced Structures & Composites Center, Bath Iron Works, CIANBRO, Lyman Morse, Maine Port Authority, Maine Composite Alliance, Sewall, Sprague, and Senergy Alternative Energy. The combination of Maine's industry content within the conference proceedings and the significant presence on the exhibition floor communicated that the State of Maine is a significant industry player attracting interest in potential investment.

As part of the conference proceedings, the MWII organized a Spotlight On Maine educational panel session, titled Maine Offshore Update: Current activities to develop offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine. The session reviewed a wide range of ongoing wind-energy related activities in Maine, such as research and development, offshore floating platforms, Maine PUC offshore wind pilot project, as well as efforts to develop new wildlife monitoring technologies in the Gulf of Maine. The Panel was moderated by Paul Williamson, MWII Director and Industry Coordinator, and featured Dr. Habib Dahger of the AEWC, Parker Hadlock of Cianbro, Patrick Graham of Sewall, and Steve Pelletier of Stantec. The single focus on Maine wind energy activities reinforced interest and confidence in the commitment for offshore wind energy development in Maine.

In addition to the spot light panel, two Maine industry delegate were invited presenters at the (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER Energy Conference. Senior Project Engineer Richard D. Hall, PE demonstrated SGC Engineering LLC (SGC) and Senergy Alternative Energy's power-to-grid design and control experience with a Design and Control of HVDC Offshore Grids podium poster presentation and featured in a highly-promoted exhibit hall educational display. Paul Williamson, Director of MWII also presented a summary of findings from the recently completed Wind Service and Supply Vessel Market Study.

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