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The Advisory Committee (AC) for the Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap: Charting a Course for Maine is a high-level strategic body that will provide guidance to the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) on the vision and development of the Roadmap. It is comprised of public, private, and civil society sector representatives with a breadth of perspectives from across Maine, who will assist GEO to ensure the Working Groups and stakeholder input fulfills the objectives of the Roadmap.

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WORKING GROUPS will use the substantive expertise of its members, together with state and technical consultant support, to develop the core content and inform the Roadmap. Working group members and descriptions are posted below. All meetings are open to the public and posted here.

A crane assembling a wind turbine

THE ENERGY MARKETS AND STRATEGIES WORKING GROUP will advise and help develop components of the Roadmap, including renewable energy targets, energy market and trend analyses, analyses of costs and benefits of offshore wind, cost effective development of offshore wind, interconnection and transmission, storage, and related R&D.

A pair of Razorbill birds on a rock on Machias Seal Island

THE ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE WORKING GROUP will identify best practices, data gaps, and research needs to avoid, minimize, or mitigate impacts of offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine on wildlife (e.g., birds, bats, marine mammals, other protected species) and address broader environmental impacts to habitat.

Wind turbine parts being off loaded from a ship in Portland

THE SUPPLY CHAIN, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, PORTS, AND MARINE TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP will examine the economic, workforce and infrastructure opportunities and needs to support the offshore wind economy for Maine. This working group may be divided into task groups to focus on specific topics, as follows: a) supply chain; b) workforce development; and c) ports and marine transportation.

A wharf in Portland with lobster boats

THE FISHERIES WORKING GROUP will provide input into components of the Roadmap that address the potential impacts of offshore wind on fisheries, aquaculture, and marine resources with a focus on strategies to improve existing data and avoid, minimize or mitigate potential adverse impacts.