Maine legislation brings floating offshore wind to US East Coast

The Maine Legislature has passed a bill advancing the state’s offshore wind industry, seeking to pursue a goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2024. Governor Janet Mills is now expected to sign the bill into law, calling for the state to procure 3 GW of offshore wind generation by  2040. That is enough to power 900,000 homes and supply half of the state’s total electricity demand.
Maine legislation brings floating offshore wind to US East Coast
Floating offshore wind turbine. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Currently, the federal leasing process is set to begin auctions in late 2024. The bill also contains provisions to support supply chain development and a construction port on Maine’s coast to be used for turbine assembly.

With waters deeper than those used for previously approved east coast offshore wind projects, development in the Gulf of Maine will consist almost entirely of floating wind turbines, providing a significant boost to the US domestic floating offshore wind supply chain. The bill also contains provisions for lobster fishing in the Gulf of Maine and to prioritize jobs for Maine residents.

“We would like to congratulate Maine’s elected officials for coming together to pass this historic advancement of offshore wind in Maine” said Carol Oldham, Northeast Director at The Business Network for Offshore Wind. “Once signed into law, this bill will allow Maine and the broader US to become leaders in floating offshore wind technology. We encourage Maine to work closely with neighbouring states to develop the robust supply chain and port infrastructure necessary for these projects. The Network looks forward to Maine’s offshore wind development and the creation of clean, consistent, affordable electricity for its citizens.”

For additional information:

Maine Legislature

Business Network for Offshore Wind

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