Bristol Residents Consider Using UMaine Offshore Wind Project for School Electricity, BDN Reports

The Bangor Daily News reported Bristol residents will likely request that Maine Aqua Ventus — which includes the University of Maine and partner companies — consider a “community benefit agreement” that would provide the town with free electricity to the local school or additional educational opportunities for students. In January, Maine Aqua Ventus received initial approval from the Maine Public Utilities Commission for its proposed offshore wind pilot project. The project includes two turbines that would be on a floating base about 10 miles off the coast of Bristol. Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, said the project will provide Bristol with new property tax revenue, and the consortium is open to other opportunities to provide more benefits to the town.