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  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 11:24 AM | Alison Clift (Administrator)

    Hires President & CEO to Guide Canadian Expansion

    Newly appointed President & CEO of EMARQ, Alexandre Paris.

    Montréal, Québec, and Portland, Maine, March 8, 2018 – ORPC, Inc., in the business of improving people’s lives and their environment through sustainable energy solutions, is pleased to announce it has hired Alexandre Paris to be President and Chief Executive Officer of its Québec subsidiary, Énergies Marines Renouvelables Québéc‎oises Inc., or EMARQ. Formed in 2015, EMARQ expands ORPC’s marine renewable energy (MRE) business into Canada, providing solutions to lower the cost and increase the availability of electricity in remote communities in northern Quebec’s Nunavik region and elsewhere, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and bringing much-needed local economic benefits.

    Mr. Paris was most recently Senior Manager, Growth and Innovation at Hydro-Québec’s research institute, IREQ. He joins EMARQ with over 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and executive for private and public-sector companies in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Asia. His background in early stage companies, research and development, business development, engineering management, product development and product release, make him ideally suited to lead EMARQ as it pursues new opportunities in Canada.

    Backed by ORPC technology and know-how, EMARQ’s mission is to become the preferred supplier of sustainable energy solutions involving MRE power systems in Canada. Under the guidance of EMARQ’s Vice President and General Manager, Marcel Boridy, EMARQ has established key business relationships with priority Canadian companies, government agencies and research groups. Notably, EMARQ has collaborated with the Makivik Corporation, Hydro-Québec’s research institute (IREQ) and the National Recherche Council Canada (NRC), the last 3 years to evaluate the potential for MRE in the Inuit region of Nunavik, Québec.

    Mr. Paris joins ORPC’s now 7-member executive management team. In making the announcement to investors, major partners, and staff, ORPC Chairman, Co-founder & CEO, Chris Sauer noted, “To accomplish our ambitious goals in Canada and tackle new opportunities in 2018 and beyond, we are thrilled to have Alex on board. His integrity and commitment to team are a perfect match for ORPC’s strong ethic of collaboration and empowerment.”

    Currently ORPC is executing projects in Maine, Alaska, Canada, and Ireland totaling over $16 million USD. The company is actively pursuing exciting new opportunities to provide affordable and environmentally sustainable electricity for remote communities in high cost power markets, notably in northern Québec, combined with local and regional economic development benefits. Similar market dynamics exist in Alaska and throughout northern Canada. “Our near-term future growth and, ultimately, our profitability depend on excellence in execution of our business plan in North America,” Sauer remarked.

    Underscoring ORPC and EMARQ’s growth, Ben Winn has recently been hired as Mechanical Engineer at ORPC headquarters in Portland, Maine, and the company is anticipating bringing another engineer on board soon. In addition, EMARQ is actively seeking a Project Manager to oversee its planned projects in Québec.

    When these positions are filled, ORPC will have twenty-eight employees working in three countries on two continents. In addition to company headquarters in Portland and EMARQ office in Montréal, ORPC has an operations center in Eastport, Maine; personnel in Seattle, Washington, and Anchorage, Alaska; and wholly-owned subsidiary ORPC Ireland with a Dublin office.

    Worldwide, ORPC is the only company to have built, operated and delivered power to a utility grid from a hydrokinetic tidal project (in Maine), and to a remote community grid from a hydrokinetic river project (in Alaska). ORPC remains firmly committed to its founding principle of working collaboratively with all stakeholders and local contractors to create economic development opportunities. For more information visit www.orpc.co or www.emarq.ca.

  • Sunday, November 19, 2017 8:36 AM | Anonymous

    Maine Department of Environmental Protection Issues Draft Wind Energy Act Rules

    After more than a year of pre-rulemaking process including the issuance of two drafts, the Maine DEP has commenced formal rulemaking and today issued draft rules for wind energy developments in Maine. The formal draft largely tracks the most recent pre-rulemaking version issued in January 2017. The draft rules include standards for evaluating scenic impacts, limits on shadow flicker, provisions related to public safety, and requirements for demonstrating significant tangible benefits.

    For more, visit Verrill Dana's blog.

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:35 AM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    Former New England District Commander of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Joins Normandeau Associates

    Bedford, NH – Colonel Christopher Barron, Retired, former Commander of the New England District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has joined Normandeau Associates, Inc. as a Senior Regulatory Specialist.  Colonel Barron will focus on the management of large, complex projects and continued expansion and strategic development of Normandeau Associates.  Colonel Barron will add high level regulatory expertise to the firm in the areas of environmental impact studies, licensing and permitting for energy projects, harbor dredging, transportation and other infrastructure projects.  He will also play a major role in strengthening relationships with state agencies, with an emphasis on the Northeastern U.S.

    "The addition of Colonel Barron provides senior regulatory and management expertise to complement our growing number of top-notch environmental scientists and managers.  Chris’ experience managing large complex projects will support our nationwide practices in the energy and port development sectors," said Pam Hall, Board Chairman and CEO.

    "I am excited by the opportunity to work with Normandeau’s team of scientists, environmental and public involvement professionals," said Colonel Barron. "The firm has an exceptional reputation within regulatory agencies and the cutting edge technologies applied by the firm are helping to solve many of the Nation’s most pressing environmental challenges."

    Most recently Colonel Barron served as Commander of New England District of the Army Corps of Engineers where he directed a team of 500 professionals executing a $250M annual program across the six New England states, and worked closely with local governments, state resource agencies and federal partners. He had a wide range of responsibilities including oversight of 168 federal harbors, 32 flood control dams, 3 hurricane barriers and the Cape Cod Canal.

    Colonel Barron holds a BS in Physics, from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN and a Masters Degree in in Military Operational Arts & Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.

    Normandeau Associates, Inc., an employee-owned company in business for over 45 years, with a staff of 250 and 19 offices nationwide, is one of the largest science-based environmental consulting firms in the country and is known for its technical excellence and outstanding client service.  Normandeau Associates specializes in environmental impact studies, permitting and licensing of projects, wetlands mapping, stormwater management, water quality monitoring and modeling, dredge monitoring, fish and wildlife studies, and habitat restoration.  Normandeau Associates provides services across several market sectors including: hydropower, transportation, ports and waterways, electric and gas transmission, energy generation, NGO's and Federal, state and local government. 

    For additional information, please contact Colonel Barron at
    603-637-1109 or visit www.normandeau.com.

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