DOE Commits New Funding To Offshore Wind Development In Maine

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is committing $20 million to further the development of deepwater offshore wind energy development in Maine. The University of Maine's efforts that are already under way to develop components and test deepwater offshore wind turbines for energy production could receive support from these funds.

‘I am pleased that the federal government has affirmed its support for deepwater offshore wind energy potential, in general, and the vital work being conducted by the University of Maine, specifically,’ says Gov. John Baldacci, D-Maine. ‘Maine is well-positioned to compete for these federal resources because of the leadership we have built over the course of the past two years on deepwater offshore wind energy development.’

At the invitation of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, DOE Secretary Steven Chu visited the University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center earlier this month. The federal agency has provided key funding to the center and partners to aid Maine's efforts to pursue wind power development and green jobs.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. John Baldacci

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