Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) and its industry partners engaged in exploring the possibility of establishing a Tidal Energy Device Evaluation Center (TEDEC) in waters local to Castine will host an open forum on Wednesday, April 30.
The goal of the forum is to seek and incorporate community input into the planning process. The public discussion will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Harborview Room of the Harold Alfond Student Center on the Maine Maritime Academy campus in Castine. The forum, convened by Maine Senator Dennis Damon (D-Hancock), will begin with an overview of the proposed project, and a question-and-answer period will be held to allow the participation of all attendees.
Maine Maritime Academy is the host institution of TEDEC, a consortium that includes MMA and three private companies engaged in the emerging ocean-energy industry — Cianbro Corporation, Marinus Power, and OceanWorks International.
In October 2007 MMA received a preliminary permit from the United States Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) that allowed MMA legal rights to evaluate several sites on the Bagaduce River identified by the Electric Power Research Institute as suitable for tidal-energy generation.
Pending the results of the exploratory phase of the permitting process, the cooperative group intends to establish a tidal-energy-device evaluation center to economically and efficiently test and evaluate a variety of tidal-energy devices currently under development around the world. The proposed center would also provide educational and research opportunities for students and faculty of the college and would potentially generate electricity from a locally available, renewable and clean energy source.
More information on TEDEC may be obtained at http: //tedec.mma.edu/.