Maine for Offshore Wind
Offshore wind represents Maine’s largest untapped energy resource. Estimates state that the offshore wind resources off the coast of Maine could provide over 156 gigawatts of energy. Currently, Maine is moving forward with the Maine Aqua Ventus project south of Monhegan Island that consists of two floating turbines. This project is estimated to bring over 1,500 jobs to Maine with construction starting in 2021 and operating by 2022 according to the University of Maine.
This project is only the beginning of Maine’s potential for offshore wind. Governor Mills has been an ally so far, allowing Aqua Ventus to move forward and establishing the Maine Offshore Wind Initiative and soliciting input from local officials, Maine tribal representatives, marine interests, commercial fishing, energy and environmental organizations, academics, scientists, business and labor. The state of Maine is also part of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Gulf of Maine Intergovernmental Regional Task Force on offshore wind with Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Governor Mills to Travel to Scotland to See Potential of Offshore Wind
“But perhaps most importantly, I want to convey to them that our state is deeply interested in embracing offshore wind as part of our effort to create jobs, diversify and strengthen our economy, create a sustainable source of clean energy, and fight climate change,” she said.
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