Suzanne Pude, community energy director for the Island Institute, will give a talk on the development of the Fox Islands Wind project on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Camden Public Library.

Completed in the fall of 2009, Fox Islands Wind is the largest community wind-power facility on the east coast of the United States. The talk will cover “the development of the project and the community wind model,” said Pude in a press release. “I will also go into some detail about its performance to date.”

Pude’s presentation will be supplemented by an update from Rick Knowlton, a member of Camden’s Energy Committee, on where Camden is with plans for a wind power development, and a description of the process by which a town undertakes a wind power project.

The talk is part of the library’s Green October series of speakers.

Pude joined the Island Institute in June 2009 to provide support to islands considering wind power through community outreach, data analysis and research. She also helps direct the institute’s wind power policy work. Pude’s experience with island community wind power began in February 2008 when she worked with the Monhegan Plantation Power District to produce a preliminary feasibility study for a wind-diesel hybrid system. She holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international development studies from McGill University.

Fox Islands Electric Cooperative is the utility cooperative that provides electricity for the residents of North Haven and Vinalhaven. Vinalhaven is home to the Fox Islands Wind project’s three 1.5-megawatt turbines, which provide electricity for both islands. Fox Islands Wind is sized so that the wind turbines will generate about as much power as the Fox Islands use, which is between 10 and 10.5 million kilowatt hours per year. The three General Electric 1.5-megawatt turbines are projected to generate around 11,605 megawatt hours of electricity annually and up to 4.5 megawatts under ideal wind conditions. In 2007, the maximum load that the islands used was about 2.6 megawatts, so when the wind is blowing hard more power can be generated than the island can use. When the project generates more power than is being used by co-op members, the co-op sells excess energy to the New England power grid. When energy use surpasses generation from the wind-power facility, the co-op buys energy from the mainland.

The final speaker in the library’s Green October series will be Glen Marquis, project development manager of Ocean Renewable Power Company, speaking on its tidal power technology and the recently installed demonstration unit in Cobscook Bay, on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m.