November 12, 2013

UMaine holds public meeting on offshore wind project

The university hopes to put two floating wind turbines south of Monhegan Island and 12 miles from the mainland.

The Associated Press

FRIENDSHIP — The University of Maine is inviting residents to learn more about its planned 12-megawatt offshore wind power project.

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The country's first floating wind turbine, the University of Maine's 9,000-pound prototype, generates power off the coast of Castine.

AP

The first of three public meetings is being held Tuesday at the Friendship Town Office. Other meetings will be held Nov. 14 in Bristol and Nov. 25 in Port Clyde.

The university hopes to put two floating wind turbines south of Monhegan Island and 12 miles from the mainland. Down the road, UMaine and its partners envision a wind farm producing up to 500 megawatts of power in federal waters.

State regulators are currently considering the project for a contract with the state. It’s the sole offshore wind project being considered after Norwegian company Statoil abandoned its $120 million proposed project in Maine last month.

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