An Act to Facilitate Testing and Demonstration of Renewable Ocean Energy Technology (Maine)

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Place Maine

Name An Act to Facilitate Testing and Demonstration of Renewable Ocean Energy Technology (Maine)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


This law streamlines and coordinates State permitting and submerged lands leasing requirements for renewable ocean energy demonstration projects, aiding Maine's goal to become an international proving ground for testing new technologies in specific locations along the coast in an environmentally responsible manner. This law amended the Maine Waterway Development and Conservation Act (MWDCA) to establish a new general permit process for tidal energy demonstration projects. To qualify for a general permit as a tidal energy demonstration project, a project must use tidal action as a source of electrical power; must have a total installed generating capacity of 5 megawatts or less; and must be proposed for the primary purpose of testing tidal energy generation technology, including mooring or anchoring systems and transmission lines, and collecting and assessing information on the environmental and other effects of the technology.

This law also amended the Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA) to establish a new general permit process for offshore wind energy demonstration projects, including wave energy test projects. To qualify for this general permit, a wave energy test project must use ocean wave energy to produce electricity; be proposed as part of an offshore wind energy demonstration project and be designed and sited to test production of electricity from wave energy in conjunction with and in a manner that complements electricity produced by an offshore wind energy turbine; employ up to 2 wave energy converters, each of which may use different technology, not already in use in the Gulf of Maine for commercial energy production, for the primary purpose of testing and validating the overall design of the converter and related systems; and may include a mooring or anchoring system and an ocean sensor package.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Kathy Howatt (Hydropower)
Department Department of Environmental Protection
Division Water
Address 17 State House Station
Place Augusta, ME
Zip/Postal Code 04333-0017
Phone 207-446-2642


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Chapter 270
Date Enacted 2009