Gulf of Maine Floating Offshore Wind Research Array

Understanding what offshore wind means for Maine

• Advance Maine’s interests in offshore wind prior to commercial-scale leasing in Gulf of Maine
• Maximize 10+ years of research and innovation in floating offshore wind
• Support UMaine’s public-private partnership
• Work with fishing, environmental and other marine interests to answer important questions
• Research the effects of multiple floating turbines on marine life, fishing and more
• Begin the long permitting process before other projects came forward
• Use the experience to inform the work of the offshore wind roadmap

About the Research Array

Size and Potential Location
• 12 turbines or fewer
• 16 square miles or less
• 20-40 miles from mainland
• 150 feet of water minimum
• Near grid interconnection points in Wiscasset or Yarmouth
• Gravel or mud bottom to anchor platforms

Siting Priorities
• Minimize conflicts with fishing grounds
• Avoid highly trafficked areas
• Limit visibility from shore

More about the initiative

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