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    Stuart (Tuck) O’Brien, 36
    Project Development Manager & Associate General Counsel
    Ocean Renewable Power Company

    Stuart “Tuck†O’Brien (“Tuckâ€Â,
    as he is invariably known, “is a
    family nicknameâ€Â) notes that “my
    career path has taken different
    turns but I have always been
    fascinated by the development
    process and that has evolved into
    a focus on sustainability issues
    in infrastructure and economic

    “So ORPC and the renewable
    energy industry are a really
    good fit for me, personally and

    Ocean Renewable Power Company,
    its Web site explains, develops
    “breakthrough technology and ecoconscious
    projects that use ocean
    and river currents to produce clean,
    predictable electricity.â€Â

    O’Brien’s role is in project
    development and legal work,
    including Nova Scotia and the
    Maine Tidal Energy Project,
    which has brought more than $14
    million into the Maine economy,
    and created or helped retain more
    than 100 jobs in 13 counties. The
    Cobscook Bay project received only
    the second license of its kind from
    the federal government, and the first
    from Maine.

    A Massachusetts native, O’Brien
    majored in East Asian studies at
    Bates, where his work also included
    touring the state interviewing
    people in all walks of life for an oral
    history of Edmund Muskie. He’s
    worked as a carpenter on Mount
    Desert Island, in real estate at a
    Boston law firm (his law degree
    is from Boston College), as a city
    planner and as a consultant at
    Barton & Gingold.

    O’Brien is vice chair of the
    Portland Planning Board; and as
    a board member of the Portland
    Society of Architects, he assisted
    the group with becoming a 501c3
    nonprofit. He also occasionally
    provides pro bono legal services
    to start-ups and nonprofits in both
    Maine and Massachusetts.

    He, wife Kate, and son, Owen,
    moved to Portland in 2009. Their
    second child is due May 25. “So I
    may, or may not, be able to attend
    the event at Hadlock,†O’Brien said.

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