December 12, 2012

Two Maine wind projects win millions in grants

The grants for developing better offshore technology could help make the state a leader in the industry.

By Tux Turkel tturkel@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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In this June 2009 publicity photo, tugboats haul the demonstration Hywind floating wind turbine out to sea off of the coast of Norway for testing. The company is proposing to erect similar turbines in the deep waters of the Gulf of Maine.

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"I am thrilled that the innovative deep-water offshore wind initiative, New England Aqua Ventus I, led by the University of Maine, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for this competitive federal grant," said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. "This extremely important announcement is a vital step that could eventually help harness the vast potential of deep-water offshore wind energy and lead to the potential creation of some 20,000 new jobs."

Seventy organizations applied for awards from the Advanced Technology Demonstration Program.

"This is a major grant and puts Maine at the center of the development of the offshore wind industry," said Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine. "The University of Maine has used advanced materials to create a technology that allows the turbines to be bigger and last longer in the harsh marine environment, and that is going to translate into lower energy costs."

"I vehemently supported UMaine's Aqua Ventus project and I am profoundly pleased that the proposal was approved, so our incredibly talented students and professors can begin work on this historic endeavor," said Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.

Staff Writer Tux Turkel can be contacted at 791-6462 or at:

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