Wood, Water, Wind: Alternative Energy and Impacts in the Kennebec Estuary

A fall lecture series on the most relevant alternative energy technologies for the Kennebec
Estuary and insights on how energy sources impact land conservation.

September 24, October 22, November 19, 2009

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is pleased to offer our 3rd annual fall lecture series. We aim to present global environmental issues and offer local implications.

• In 2007 George Jacobson spoke elloquently about climate change.
• In 2008 we offered a series on Quality of Place and the ecosystem services that the estuary provides to enhance and support the communities through which it flows.
• This year alternative energy is on our minds. Come and learn with us!

WOOD – September 24, 7pm
Wood is a traditional heat source for Mainers. It was replaced with petroleum based
products, but as oil prices escalate it is again in great demand for primary and
supplemental heat. Is it a sustainable resource in Maine?

• Alec Giffen, Director of the Maine Forest Service will fill us in.
Wood is also being engineered into new fuel technologies such as wood pellets.
• Dutch Dresser, Director at Maine Energy Systems will describe the process and
• Rob Bryan an ecologist and forester with Forest Synthesis will talk about the importance biodiversity and biomass in our forests.

Copies of the presentations from this first informative and well balanced lecture are available. Please call the KELT office at (207) 442-8400 or email info@kennebecestuary.org

Water ? October 22, 7pm
There are two tidal projects proposed in our region:
Riverbank Power Corp
has plans
for an underground Alternative Power Generation in Wiscasset
View RiverBank’s AquaBank Presentation (PDF)

To contact Riverbank email:

Peter Arnold of the
Chewonki Foundation
is managing a project for the Town of Wiscasset and has received approval to study tidal power on the Sheepscot.
View Sheepscot River Tidal Project Presentation (PDF)

Nick Bennett, Staff Scientist and Watershed Project Director at the Natural
Resources Council of Maine
will present a conservation perspective on how
tidal power may impact the resources of the ecosystem.
View NRCM’s presentation (PDF)

Wind – November 19, 7pm


Beth Nagusky, Co-Chair of the Governor’s Ocean Energy Task Force
will discuss Maine’s potential for off shore wind power.
Jim Tolan, U.S. Director of SgurrEnergy, an independent engineering consultancy specializing in renewable energy will describe land based wind projects.
Jody Jones of Maine Audubon will provide a conservation perspective, including how wind turbines impact bird migration routes.

All programs begin at 7:00 pm at Maine Maritime Museum. Refreshments served.
A $5 donation is suggested at the door.
The series is supported by Bath Savings Trust Company.