Today, Congressman Mike Michaud praised the decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) to invest up to $4 million in the offshore wind initiative at the University of Maine, potentially qualifying Maine for millions more in future funding. Michaud led efforts in the House to support the funding, sending a letter signed by his colleagues. He also called Dr. David Danielson, the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy within DOE, in August to press Maine's case. More information on the project at the University of Maine can be found below in the letter Michaud sent in July.
Statoil North America, based out of Stamford Connecticut, also received an award to deploy four floating wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine.
"This investment represents another important step forward for Maine's clean energy future," said Michaud, a longtime supporter of deepwater offshore wind development in Maine. "These projects will not only help us advance an industry that will create jobs and make us more energy independent, they will help lead to the further diversification of Maine's economy and open the door to future energy cost saving."
According to DOE, in the initial phase of grant funding, each offshore wind project will receive up to $4 million to complete engineering, design and permitting. The Department will select up to three of these projects for follow-on phases that focus on siting, construction and installation and aim to achieve commercial operation by 2017. These projects will receive up to $47 million each over four years, subject to Congressional appropriations.