Photo Feature

Offshore wind turbine launched in Castine

Offshore wind turbine launched in Castine

History was made off Dyce Head in Castine at 12:41 p.m. on June 13 when electrons began to flow into the US electricity grid from the first offshore wind turbine in North America. As dignitaries, distinguished guests and members of the press watched aboard the MMA vessel Ned, the VolturnUS 1:8, a 65-foot-tall floating turbine prototype, was activated and began feeding electricity to the Central Maine Power grid through an undersea cable. Remarks (pictured from left to right) by Captain David Gelinas of the Penobscot Bay & River Pilots Association; Maine Maritime Academy President Dr. William J. Brennan; Peter Vigue, Chairman and CEO of Cianbro (speaking); Dr. Habib J. Dagher, P.E., Director, Advanced Structures and Composites Center, UMaine; and James S. (Jake) Ward IV, Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development, UMaine heralded this momentous event.

Photo by Rosemary Wyman