The Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap will create an economic development plan for the offshore wind industry in Maine, by building on the state’s record of planning, research and development, and innovation that stretches back over a decade.
The Offshore Wind Roadmap: Charting a Course for Maine is an 18-month, participatory initiative led by the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) to create an economic development plan for the offshore wind industry in Maine. The Roadmap is supported by a $2.166 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
With an abundant wind resource off Maine’s shores, a growing demand for renewable energy sources to reduce fossil fuels and fight climate change, an enterprising citizenry with maritime experience, and an innovative research environment with more than a decade of experience with floating offshore wind, the Governor’s Energy Office believes Maine is an ideal place to responsibly develop an offshore wind industry.
GEO’s objective for the Roadmap is to identify how to foster an offshore wind industry that works for Maine’s people, Maine’s economy, and Maine’s heritage.
The Roadmap will be developed by an expert advisory committee and working groups with broad public input, focusing on energy markets, ports and infrastructure, socioeconomic impacts, equity, manufacturing and supply chains, workforce development, and ocean and environmental compatibility.
Maine’s 10-year Economic Development Strategy identifies offshore wind as an opportunity to grow the state’s economy, and encourages the state to set forth a balanced agenda that maximizes economic benefits for Maine people and fosters a culture of innovation that creates a foundation for future leadership in this growing industry.
Work on the Roadmap is expected to be completed by December 2022. To participate in or stay informed about the Roadmap process, please follow the links below under “Get Involved.”