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Professor Jeff Thaler speaks to Maine press about Aqua Ventus project

Jan. 20, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – Jeff Thaler, a visiting professor at the University of Maine School of Law, continues to play a key role in a landmark renewable energy project that harnesses the power of winds off the coast of Maine.

Thaler is the attorney for an offshore wind turbine project called Maine Aqua Ventus. It is a partnership of the University of Maine, Cianbro Corp., and Emera Inc. of Nova Scotia, which owns the two largest utilities in northern and eastern Maine. The partners have a longterm plan that calls for nearly 100 deepwater wind turbines to be deployed by 2030, each of them capable of powering about 2,000 homes. This month, the Maine Public Utilities Commission voted to approve a power-purchase contract for a pilot project by Maine Aqua Ventus. The vote is considered to be one of many hurdles for the partners. The U.S. Department of Energy is expected to decide this year whether to grant $46 million toward the project.

Read the Bangor Daily News story here.

Read the Portland Press Herald story here.

Thaler, Visiting Professor of Energy, Law & Ethics at the University of Maine and the University of Maine School of Law, has been the attorney for the turbine project since its inception in 2008.

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: trevor.maxwell@maine.edu

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