Site off Maine identified for first US research area for floating offshore wind power

A 16-square-mile area located about 30 miles off the coast of Maine has been identified by officials in the state as the preferred site for an offshore wind farm that would be the first floating offshore wind research area in the US.

The State of Maine Governor’s Energy Office website says the state plans to move forward with a research array as a “prudent step to take before commercial scale floating offshore wind development occurs in the Gulf of Maine.”

The state’s research, undertaken with the University of Maine and New England Aqua Ventus, will provide information about potential impacts of floating offshore wind.

The November 2020 release from Governor Janet Mills’ office announcing the plan to create the research array noted that the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Maine has “some of the highest sustained wind speeds in the world.”

The site-selection announcement was made on July 12. The Governor’s Energy Office invites comments on the site through July 30 to inform its final siting decision, which will be included in the federal lease application for the research array.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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