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Parties in the State of Maine have been actively pursuing floating offshore wind since the pass of the Ocean Energy Legislation in 2009. Because of the depth of the waters in the Gulf of Maine floating wind technology appears to be most applicable. A number of projects have been considered in the state. At one time there were 2 demonstration projects proposed in state and being considered By the US Dept. of Energy for funding, one by Statoil and another by Maine Aqua Ventus. In 2013 Statoil terminated their project. In 2014 the DOE provided additional research and engineering funding to Aqua Ventus for further design development. At this time, there are no current offshore wind activities.

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Maine's Offshore Wind Roadmap State of Maine Governor’s Office Feb 23 2023
Biden-Harris Administration Continues Offshore Wind Momentum, Announces Next Steps for Gulf of Maine DOI Aug 18 2022
Senate Bill 440 for Gulf of Maine New Hampshire's Senate Mar 30 2022
Senate Bill 268 for Gulf of Maine New Hampshire's Senate Feb 22 2022
Congressional delegations letter of support of federal policy driven by rigorous scientific research in Gulf of Maine. Essential Energy and Environment News E&E News Jan 31 2022
Federal Revenue and Economic Impacts from BOEM Offshore Wind Leasing American Clean Power Dec 1 2021
Threading a Moving needle: The Spatial Dimensions Characterizing US Offshore Wind Policy Drivers Elsevier Aug 19 2021
Power Sector, Supply Chain, Jobs, and Emissions Implications of 30 Gigawatts of Offshore Wind Power by 2030 NREL Aug 1 2021
A Reference Open-Source Controller for Fixed and Floating Offshore Wind Turbines EAWE Apr 21 2021
Cost of Floating Offshore Wind Energy Using New England Aqua Ventus Concrete Semisubmersible Technology National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Jan 17 2020
Maine Establishes the Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission Gov. Paul R. Lepage Jan 24 2018
Monhegan Advisory Committee Recommendations Regarding Maine Aqua Ventus Project Monhegan Community Benefits Advisory Committee Oct 2 2017
Will Communities "open-up" to Offshore Wind? Energy Research & Social Science Jun 29 2017
Maine Senator Submits Legislation Prohibiting Placement of Wind Energy Test Area Senator Dana Dow Feb 7 2017
S.P. 546: Resolve, Reauthorizing the Balance of the 2009 Bond Issue for an Offshore Wind Energy Demonstration Project Presented by Senator HAMPER of Oxford Jun 15 2015
H.P. 904: An Act To Maximize the Benefits of Renewable Energy in Maine Presented by Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick Apr 14 2015
S.P. 110: An Act To Promote Tidal Energy Projects Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington Feb 10 2015
Maine Comprehensive Energy Plan Update State of Maine Feb 1 2015
Economic Evaluation of Aqua Ventus Maine Public Utilities Commission Sep 10 2014
Aqua Ventus Project Overview University of Maine Jun 18 2014
Fifth Biennial Report on Progress toward Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals Maine Legislature Jan 1 2014
Maine Aqua Ventus Bid Proposal to Maine PUC Preti Flaherty Dec 4 2013
Statoil Patent Waiver US Department of Energy Nov 25 2013
Maine Aqua Ventus Proposal Aqua Ventus Aug 30 2013
Economic Development with Offshore Wind Power Act Maine State Legislature Jun 28 2013
Photo Presentation of the VolturnUS 1:8 University of Maine Jun 13 2013
Statoil Puts Hywind Project on Hold Statoil Jun 3 2013
Recommendations for a Coordinated Aggregated Power Procurement Mechanism for Offshore Wind Projects in New England New England Clean Energy Council Jun 1 2013
UMaine Unveils LIDAR system University of Maine May 24 2013
Order Approving Hywind Term Sheet Maine PUC Feb 26 2013