Mills releases plan for offshore wind project

Published: Feb. 23, 2023 at 6:21 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WMTW) - Gov. Janet Mills released her offshore wind roadmap for Maine on Thursday.

Mills described the plan to a virtual wind energy summit organized by the Biden administration.

The Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has approved a plan to deploy up to a dozen floating turbines in the Gulf of Maine.

The first project of its kind in the U.S. is backed by a local coalition of environmentalists, unions, and businesses.

Mills wants 80% of Maine energy sources to be renewable by 2030.

“Maine is blessed with the competitive advantage of deep-water ports and adjacent land, and the Gulf of Maine has some of the strongest wind speeds in the world, representing the largest potential source of renewable energy for Maine and New England,” Mills said.

A plan outlined before the legislature last month envisions as many as 400 offshore wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine by 2035.