Media report on UMaine offshore wind turbines clearing major federal hurdle
The Portland Press Herald, Maine Public, Associated Press, Recharge News and WFVX-TV (ABC 7/Fox 22 in Portland) reported that the federal government determined that there is no competitive interest in the state’s application to lease 9,700 acres on the U.S. continental shelf for a floating offshore wind power research site, which clears the way for the review of Maine’s application for a floating array with 10 to 12 turbines featuring patented technology developed by the University of Maine. “We are excited to see this technology and innovation, a decade in the making with the leadership of the state’s research university, be able to move forward to the next level,” said President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. The site could begin producing power commercially by 2028. CentralMaine.com and Yahoo News shared the PPH report. U.S. News and World Report, WRAL News (Raleigh, North Carolina) and Tulsa World (Tulsa, Oklahoma) shared the AP report.