Gulf of Maine
Federal regulators have designated a draft wind energy area in the Gulf of Maine, shrinking it substantially from its earlier stages and excluding a key lobster fishing area.
Maine Gov. Janet Mills vetoed an earlier version of the offshore wind legislation but urged negotiations on a compromise.
Approval would allow Maine to conduct research and surveys where it wants to place an array of floating wind turbines.
The Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap is the result of 18 months’ work by 96 committee members studying the concept from every angle.
BOEM wrapped up a series of info sessions in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, seeking feedback as it develops a map of potential wind farm sites.
Maine’s OSW Port Infrastructure Feasibility study evaluated the Port of Searsport and found Sears Island and Mack Point were the best options for development.
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