On the Horizon: The Role of Communities in Offshore Wind
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
The Triple Helix at Georgetown, Science in the Public Interest, and the Island Institute of Rockland, Maine will present a free screening of Islands in the Wind, Compass Light Production’s documentary about the Fox Islands Wind project completed in Penobscot Bay, Maine, in 2009, and panel discussion on wind energy innovation.
Islands in the Wind chronicles the efforts of year-round residents on North Haven and Vinalhaven islands to battle skyrocketing energy prices through the completion of a community wind-power project. Along the way, they meet unexpected obstacles, find community bonds tested and discover unanticipated opportunities.
Following the 23-minute film, Suzanne Pude, the Island Institute’s Community Energy Director, will give a brief overview of lessons learned from land-based wind-energy projects and how those lessons apply to offshore wind-energy development – highlighted by an excerpt on floating wind turbine technology from Compass Light Productions’ film OceanEnergy Innovators, co-produced with the World Ocean Observatory.
A panel of experts will then offer their perspectives and answer questions from the audience.
Invited panel members will include: Larry Flowers, Deputy Director for Distributed and Community Wind at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and an industry leader who worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the past three decades; Jonathan Bartlett, National Director of Wind Powering America at the U.S. Department of Energy; and, Richard Nelson, lobsterman from Friendship, Maine, who fishes in an area of the Gulf of Maine where a pilot-scale wind power project has been proposed.
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The Triple Helix at Georgetown | Science in the Public Interest | The Island Institute
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