September 17, 2012

Maine tidal power meeting set for Tuesday

The public meeting will include representatives from federal and state agencies, businesses, area communities and the University of Maine.

The Associated Press

TRESCOTT — Harnessing power from Maine's biggest tides will be the subject of a daylong meeting of the Maine Tidal Power Initiative in Trescott.

Representatives from federal and state agencies, businesses, area communities and the University of Maine will gather on Tuesday for the public meeting.

The agenda includes an update on UMaine's ongoing research into tidal circulation in the Down East region, turbine designs, impacts of tidal power on the biological communities and public perceptions of tidal power development.

Cobscook Bay is the site of the nation's first commercial, grid-tied tidal turbine, which was dedicated in July. The project was developed by Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Company.

The Maine Tidal Power Initiative is a team of engineers and marine scientists from UMaine and Maine Maritime Academy.

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