Lessons from Samsø, a year later

Lessons from Samsø, a year later

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Oct 1, 2015
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  A year after the Collaborative for Island Energy Research and Action’s trip to Samsø, Sam Saltonstall reflects on the five things that he learned there that are helping him stay focused on his own energy projects on Peaks Island. Looking back at the incredible opportunity to visit Denmark’s Samsø Island we CIERA participants were […]

Update from the CIERA projects
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Update from the CIERA projects

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Jun 5, 2015
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Since the trip to Samsø Island, Denmark, island participants in the Collaborative for Island Energy Research and Action (CIERA) have returned home energized and inspired, ready to start researching and implementing energy projects in their own communities. Here’s an update on the progress they’ve made over the past six months. Marian Chioffi, Monhegan Inspired by […]

Charting the Path for Monhegan’s Energy Future
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Charting the Path for Monhegan’s Energy Future

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Feb 13, 2015
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Before publishing her article in the New York Times, Diane Cardwell called me for a final fact check. As I spoke with her Samso already seemed so long ago.  Returning to Monhegan, all of the things I left behind had to be attended to and there has been precious little time for reflecting on the […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward
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Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Jan 31, 2015
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The publication of Diane Cardwell’s thoughtfully written New York Times article about our trip to Samsø Island brought back vivid memories.  So did the pictures that accompanied the article.  But when I saw that gauzy photo of a sunrise over some of Samsø’s wind turbines, all I could think of was the common tendency to romanticize and […]

New York Times: Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark
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New York Times: Green-Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark

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Jan 17, 2015
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New York Times reporter Diane Cardwell made the journey with us to Samso in October and then visited Monhegan and Vinalhaven to report on the CIERA program. While travelling with us, she got a firsthand look into the collaboration between the five Maine islanders, the Island Institute, the College of the Atlantic, and the Samso […]

New York Times features CIERA in Dot Earth blog
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New York Times features CIERA in Dot Earth blog

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Jan 5, 2015
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The New York Times’ Dot Earth blog featured the Collaborative for Island Energy Research & Action in a post before the holidays, highlighting the collaboration between Maine islanders, College of the Atlantic Students, and the Samsø Energy Academy with a piece written by COA student Nick Urban. Click here to read the blog post, From Maine to Denmark, Islanders […]

Maine to Denmark and Back to Maine

Maine to Denmark and Back to Maine

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Dec 2, 2014
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CIERA participant Paddy Trainor is a resident of Vinalhaven Island and a member of the Vinalhaven Energy Club and Fox Islands Electric Cooperative Board. In this post, he explores the similarities and differences between the Fox Islands and Samsø.  Contrary to what you have heard, nothing is rotten in Denmark, rather all is well in […]

Samsø: Takeaways for a Small Island Electric Cooperative
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Samsø: Takeaways for a Small Island Electric Cooperative

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Oct 2, 2014
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Greetings from the Danish Island of Samsø! Our group of five Maine islanders and 15 COA students are now beyond the halfway point of our stay here. The Samsø Energy Academy hosts groups from all over the world that come here to learn how the Samsingers (yes, that’s how they are known!) have achieved their […]

A visit to the turbines
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A visit to the turbines

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Oct 1, 2014
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We left at dawn to visit the Samo offshore wind array. A decommissioned whale watch boat with a catamaran haul now serves as the off shore wind service vehicle. The boat makes weekly visits to the array over the winter, to deal with major issues. The crew visits the turbines more often in the summer […]

Samsø, #2
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Samsø, #2

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Oct 1, 2014
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Samso island has a familiarity to it. Summer visitors have gone, the year round community is regrouping and focusing on winter projects. School is in session, and road projects are underway. There is one notable exception. Visitors continue to stream in to the Samso Energy Academy in Ballen. Representatives from seventeen countries are spending the […]

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