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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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State Resources

Title Source/Sponsorsort descending Date
Long-Term Contracting for Offshore Wind Energy and Tidal Projects- Order on Rate Impact Limitation Provision [Docket No. 2010-235] Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Sep 28 2010
Order Approving Hywind Term Sheet Maine PUC Feb 26 2013
Economic Development with Offshore Wind Power Act Maine State Legislature Jun 28 2013
Maine Coastal Atlas Maine State Planning Office (SPO); Maine Coastal Program (MCP)
Coastal and Marine Data in Maine- Spatial Data Relevant to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Task Force Maine State Planning Office (SPO); Maine Coastal Program (MCP) Sep 14 2010
Maine Wind Industry Supply Chain Database Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII)
Monhegan Advisory Committee Recommendations Regarding Maine Aqua Ventus Project Monhegan Community Benefits Advisory Committee Oct 2 2017
Overview of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) and Endangered Species Act (ESA) Consultation Process National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Dec 8 2011
Cost of Floating Offshore Wind Energy Using New England Aqua Ventus Concrete Semisubmersible Technology National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Jan 17 2020
Recommendations for a Coordinated Aggregated Power Procurement Mechanism for Offshore Wind Projects in New England New England Clean Energy Council Jun 1 2013
A Resolution Endorsing the Continued Investigation into the Potential for Coordinated Regional Renewable Power Procurement New England Governors' Conference (NEGC) Jul 11 2011
New England Governors' Renewable Energy Blueprint New England Governors' Conference (NEGC) Sep 15 2009
Report to the New England Governors on Coordinated Renewable Procurement New England Governors' Conference (NEGC) Jul 12 2010
A Resolution Directing the New England State Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) to Implement a Work Plan for the Competitive Coordinated Procurement of Regional Renewable Power New England Governors' Conference (NEGC) Jul 30 2012
Renewable Resource Supply Curve Report New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) Jan 19 2012
New England 2030 Power System Study/2009 Economic Study: Scenario Analysis of Renewable Resource Development- Report to the New England Governors New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) Feb 26 2010
Advancing Ocean Planning in the Northeast Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) Jan 27 2012
Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) 2010-2012 Priority Issue Area Work Plans Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) Dec 2 2010
Northeast Ocean Data Portal Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC)
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
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
Maine Aqua Ventus Bid Proposal to Maine PUC Preti Flaherty Dec 4 2013
Maine Senator Submits Legislation Prohibiting Placement of Wind Energy Test Area Senator Dana Dow Feb 7 2017
Maine Comprehensive Energy Plan Update State of Maine Feb 1 2015
Statoil Puts Hywind Project on Hold Statoil Jun 3 2013
Economic Impact of a Commercial-Scale Offshore Wind Power Facility in Maine [Docket No. 2010-235] Statoil North America Sep 17 2012
Statoil Redacted Comments to PUC Term Sheet [Docket No. 2010-235] Statoil North America Aug 29 2012
Supplemental Statoil Comments to PUC Term Sheet [Docket No. 2010-235] Statoil North America Sep 17 2012
Statoil North America Unsolicited Application for an Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Renewable Energy Commercial Lease Statoil North America Nov 30 2011