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2008-09-24 10:00:00

By Kate Galbraith For years, technological visionaries have painted a seductive vision of using ocean tides and waves to produce power. They foresaw large installations off coastlines and in tidal estuaries that could provide as much as 10 percent of U.S. electricity needs. But the technical difficulties of making such systems work are proving formidable. Last year, a wave-power machine sank off the Oregon coast. Blades have broken off experimental tidal turbines in the turbulent East River...

2008-09-20 21:00:29

New York is the site of an experiment using turbines placed in the East River to tap tidal surges to generate electricity, officials say. The East River project, which involves a turbine with 16-foot rotors is the only such effort in the United States and one of only a few worldwide, The Washington Post reported Saturday. "This is just the beginning of a project, but the project itself is emblematic of a whole new industry," said Trey Taylor, president of Verdant Power. The company says...

2008-09-16 12:00:44

By LINDA McKEE Northern Ireland will lurch from energy crisis to energy crisis unless the Executive takes immediate action to cut our reliance on imported power. That's the stark warning from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which is warning that not only could fuel poverty grow but our business competitiveness could be hampered unless Northern Ireland's energy inefficiency is tackled quickly. People are under severe pressure as household energy bills rise and need support...

2008-09-08 18:00:33

By Jerry Harkavy EASTPORT, Maine - Workers spent the past winter tinkering with high-tech turbines slung beneath a barge in the cold waters off the Maine coast before getting them to produce a modest 20 kilowatts, enough electricity to power a half-dozen homes. Far from discouraged, Ocean Renewable Power Co. is spending the summer preparing to deploy larger turbines capable of producing up to 5 megawatts. Or, enough electricity to power 5,000 houses. Eventually, the company envisions...

2008-09-02 15:00:26

By GEORGE CHAPPELL; OF THE NEWS STAFF UNION - Organizers of the first Labor Day forum on alternative energy used music and speeches to spread the word on the need to find a new source of heat besides oil. Rich Simon, owner of a hardwood lumber business in Washington; his wife, Susan Bickford; and local builder Ray Montana pulled together 10 bands and individual entertainers from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday to present a forum for ideas for change. Simon said much has been written already about...

2008-08-21 15:01:00

By BILL TROTTER; OF THE NEWS STAFF Editor's Note: This is the third and final story in the Bangor Daily News' look at energy issues and initiatives on Maine's offshore islands. Rising energy prices have become a concern for all Maine residents, but for many offshore island communities, they are an even greater concern. Residents of offshore islands with their own electric cooperatives pay higher rates for electricity because, unlike customers of large retail electricity companies, they...

2008-08-21 12:01:21

By DOUGLAS HAMILTON AQUAMARINE Power, the Edinburgh-based marine energy company, announced yesterday that it has appointed Martin McAdam as its chief executive. McAdam joins Aquamarine from wind farm developer and operator Airtricity, where he was chief operating officer. He founded Airtricity's North American operations that were purchased in 2007 by E.ON, the German energy group, for GBP750,000. Irish-based Airtricity was acquired by Scottish & Southern Energy for GBP1.08bn in...

2008-08-20 15:01:04

By BILL TROTTER; OF THE NEWS STAFF Editor's Note: This is the second part of the Bangor Daily News' three-part series on energy issues on Maine's offshore islands. Today's story covers the special problems faced by residents of the more distant Monhegan and Matinicus islands. Of all the residential power users in the state of Maine, the ones that pay the highest rates may be the ones that live farthest from land. Monhegan and Matinicus are two of Maine's seven offshore island...

2008-08-10 00:00:21

By Mark Leftly ::: Holyrood in talks with sovereign wealth funds to build offshore network to transmit wind, wave and tidal energy to the UK The Scottish government is in talks with two Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds to provide the cash for a 4.8bn offshore energy grid, to be built off the east coast of the UK. Scottish Development International (SDI), the government's inward investment agency, has been in discussions with the funds for two months. One is known to be from the...

2008-07-21 15:00:56

By Tom McGhie, Financial Mail on Sunday, London Jul. 20--A small, Bristol-based technology firm is planning an energy revolution that would harness the power of tides to provide electricity to five million homes. Marine Current Turbines has been in talks with the Crown Estate, which owns the UK's offshore seabed, and the Scottish executive in Edinburgh about building a giant tidal farm in the Pentland Firth, off the northern tip of Scotland. The currents there are so strong...


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