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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/Sponsor Datesort descending
Maine Coastal Atlas Maine State Planning Office (SPO); Maine Coastal Program (MCP)
Maine Wind Industry Supply Chain Database Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII)
Maine- Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
Northeast Ocean Data Portal Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC)
Interactive Map of Demonstration Sites Maine Department of Conservation (DOC)
An Act to Provide Leadership in Addressing the Threat of Climate Change [P.L. Chapter 237, 121st Legislature, First Regular Session, H.P. 622, L.D. 845] Maine Legislature May 21 2003
A Climate Action Plan for Maine 2004- Appendices Maine Legislature Dec 1 2004
A Climate Action Plan for Maine 2004 Maine Legislature Dec 1 2004
Report on the Viability of Wind Power Development inMaine Maine Legislature Jan 31 2005
Resolution 29-3 Concerning Oceans Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) Aug 29 2005
Evaluation of Maine's Public Investments in Research & Development (R&D)- Final Report Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Oct 23 2006
Managing Maine's Nearshore Coastal Resources- Final Report of the Bay Management Study Maine Legislature Jan 23 2007
Technical Assessment of Onshore and Offshore Wind Generation Potential in New England Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) May 1 2007
New England Electricity Scenario Analysis Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) Aug 2 2007
Amendments to Portfolio Requirement Rule (Chapter 311)- Order Adopting Rule and Statement of Actual and Policy Basis [Docket No. 2007-391] Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Oct 22 2007
Chapter 311: Portfolio Requirement Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Nov 6 2007
Final Report- Continued Participation by Maine Transmission and Distribution Utilities in the New England Regional Transmission Organization Maine Legislature Jan 15 2008
Report of the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development: Finding Common Ground for a Common Purpose Governor John E. Baldacci Feb 14 2008
Maine's Technology Sectors and Clusters: Status and Strategy Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD); Maine Technology Institute (MTI) Apr 9 2008
Executive Order #20 Establishing The Ocean Energy Task Force (OETF) Governor John E. Baldacci Nov 7 2008
State of Maine Comprehensive Energy Plan 2008-2009 Maine Legislature Jan 13 2009
Maine's Climate Future: An Initial Assessment Governor John E. Baldacci Apr 30 2009
Policy Recommendations for Congressional and Executive Branch Leaders on Transmission and Offshore Wind Development Governors John Baldacci (ME); James Douglas (VT); John Lynch (NH); Deval Patrick (MA); Donald Carcieri (RI); David Paterson (NY); Jon Corzine (NJ); Jack Markell (DE); Martin O'Malley (MD); Timothy Kaine (VA) May 4 2009
An Act to Facilitate Testing and Demonstration of Renewable Ocean Energy Technology [P.L. Chapter 270, 124th Legislature, First Regular Session, S.P. 545, L.D. 1465] Maine Legislature Jun 4 2009
Deepwater Offshore Wind in Maine: the Plan, the Timeline University of Maine (UMaine), Advanced Structures and Composite Center Jun 18 2009
Siting Offshore Energy in Maine Maine Department of Conservation (DOC) Sep 2 2009
Future Opportunities for Wind Power in Maine Maine Department of Conservation (DOC) Sep 11 2009
New England Governors' Renewable Energy Blueprint New England Governors' Conference (NEGC) Sep 15 2009
Maine Offshore Energy Demonstration Area Siting Initiative- Draft Site Selection Methodology Maine Department of Conservation (DOC); Maine State Planning Office (SPO) Oct 27 2009
Technical Requirements for Wind Generation Interconnection and Integration Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) Nov 3 2009