Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Project in Maine Assessed by Department of Interior
Statoil North America, a company that has been experimenting with offshore wind projects in Norway, is being assessed for a similar project in Maine by the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
DOI says that this environmental assessment of the offshore wind turbine project is part of the Obama Administration’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy to grow the country’s domestic energy development.
The proposed project will be installed roughly 12 miles off of the coastline of Maine and will be about 22 square miles in length. Currently, as part of the environmental impact statement, public comment is being solicited to help identify the most important issues. A map of the area proposed and copy of the application is available here.
Hopes are high, but the agency has only awarded one permit in over a decade. That was the infamous Cape Wind project off of Massachusetts’s Nantucket Sound that pitted residents against each other.
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