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Governor Mills, U.S. Senators Collins & King, and Rep. Pingree Announce Federal Decision to Exclude Critical Maine Fishing Grounds from Commercial Offshore Wind Leasing

At the urging of the Governor and Congressional Delegation, BOEM excludes vital lobster fishing areas from offshore wind energy maps in Gulf of Maine Governor Janet Mills, U.S Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree issued the following statement today in response to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)’s release of its final Wind Energy…

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Governor Mills Announces Sears Island as Preferred Site for Port to Support Floating Offshore Wind

Purpose-built port facility will establish Maine’s place in growing offshore wind industry, become hub for job creation and economic development and is welcomed by a strong and diverse coalition of environmental, labor, and economic organizations Governor Janet Mills today announced that the State of Maine has selected a section of state-owned Sears Island that is reserved for port development as…

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Mills Administration Releases Comprehensive Plan to Responsibly Advance Offshore Wind in Maine

The Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap outlines strategies for Maine to benefit from offshore wind, while preserving Gulf of Maine communities, fisheries, and wildlife Augusta, MAINE – The Governor’s Energy Office today released the Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap, a stakeholder-driven comprehensive plan that offers detailed strategies for Maine to realize economic, energy, and climate benefits from offshore wind, in conjunction with…

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Maine Offshore Wind Research Advisory Board Established

The advisory board of the Maine Offshore Wind Research Consortium, which will advise the State on research priorities in support of responsible offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine, held its first meeting on February 14.  The expert advisory board includes members representing Maine’s fishing industry, wildlife experts, scientists, the offshore wind industry, and State agencies. The Consortium, directed by…

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Offshore Wind Experts Selected to Support Research Consortium

As part of Maine’s commitment to responsibly pursue offshore wind, LD 1619 -- passed with bipartisan support by the Legislature  -- established several provisions to help sustain existing ocean uses and the environment with potential offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine. These provisions included the establishment of a Maine Offshore Wind Research Consortium by early 2023. The statute…

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Gulf of Maine Mapping Project Underway

As part of the Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap, the Governor’s Energy Office, Maine Department of Marine Resources, Maine Department of Inland Fish and Wildlife, Co-Chairs from the Environment & Wildlife and Fisheries Working Groups, and other Gulf of Maine experts are working with the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) and Northeast Ocean Data Portal (NEODP) on a Gulf of Maine…

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Maine Offshore Wind Talent Report Now Available

A new report, Maine Offshore Wind Talent Analysis (PDF), has been released as part of the Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap. This report was developed by BW Research Partnership with significant stakeholder input. It provides an analysis of Maine’s workforce talent resources and applicability to the 117 occupations in the rapidly growing U.S. offshore wind industry. Key takeaways from the report include: Maine has…

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Draft Initial Working Group Recommendations Available for Feedback Through April 30

Maine is creating a Roadmap to develop an offshore wind industry that works for Maine’s people, economy, and heritage. Since last fall, four Working Groups comprised of nearly 100 representatives from a cross-section of stakeholders have been working to develop a set of draft initial recommendations on energy markets, ports and infrastructure, socioeconomic impacts, equity, manufacturing and supply chains, workforce…

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Next steps to prepare Maine ports for offshore wind

The existing infrastructure, transportation links, deep-water access, and room to grow at Maine’s ports are a competitive advantage for Maine in offshore wind.

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State submits application for small-scale offshore wind research site

The Governor’s Energy Office today submitted an application to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to lease a 15.2-square-mile site in the Gulf of Maine to establish the nation’s first research area in federal waters for floating offshore wind.

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