Maine

State Profile

Parties in the State of Maine have been actively pursuing floating offshore wind since the pass of the Ocean Energy Legislation in 2009. Because of the depth of the waters in the Gulf of Maine floating wind technology appears to be most applicable. A number of projects have been considered in the state. At one time there were 2 demonstration projects proposed in state and being considered By the US Dept. of Energy for funding, one by Statoil and another by Maine Aqua Ventus. In 2013 Statoil terminated their project. In 2014 the DOE provided additional research and engineering funding to Aqua Ventus for further design development. At this time, there are no current offshore wind activities.

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State Resources

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Title Source/Sponsorsort descending Date
Maine Aqua Ventus Proposal Aqua Ventus Aug 30 2013
Review of Terms and Conditions for Long-Term Contracts for Renewable Ocean Energy Boston Pacific Company, Inc. Apr 12 2012
Resolution 29-3 Concerning Oceans Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) Aug 29 2005
Maine- Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
Will Communities "open-up" to Offshore Wind? Energy Research & Social Science Jun 29 2017
Maine Establishes the Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission Gov. Paul R. Lepage Jan 24 2018
Report of the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development: Finding Common Ground for a Common Purpose Governor John E. Baldacci Feb 14 2008
Executive Order #20 Establishing The Ocean Energy Task Force (OETF) Governor John E. Baldacci Nov 7 2008
Final Report of the Ocean Energy Task Force (OETF) to Governor John E. Baldacci Governor John E. Baldacci Dec 31 2009
Appendices- Final Report of the Ocean Energy Task Force (OETF) to Governor John E. Baldacci Governor John E. Baldacci Dec 31 2009
Maine's Climate Future: An Initial Assessment Governor John E. Baldacci Apr 30 2009
Maine Wind Energy Development Assessement Report and Recommendations Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security (OEIS) Mar 29 2012
Review of Terms and Conditions for Long-Term Contracts for Renewable Ocean Energy Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security (OEIS) Apr 12 2012
Policy Recommendations for Congressional and Executive Branch Leaders on Transmission and Offshore Wind Development Governors John Baldacci (ME); James Douglas (VT); John Lynch (NH); Deval Patrick (MA); Donald Carcieri (RI); David Paterson (NY); Jon Corzine (NJ); Jack Markell (DE); Martin O'Malley (MD); Timothy Kaine (VA) May 4 2009
Great Expectations: U.S. Wind Energy Development Governors' Wind Energy Coalition Mar 1 2010
New England Electricity Scenario Analysis Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) Aug 2 2007
Technical Assessment of Onshore and Offshore Wind Generation Potential in New England Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) May 1 2007
Technical Requirements for Wind Generation Interconnection and Integration Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) Nov 3 2009
Final Report: New England Wind Integration Study (NEWIS) Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) Dec 5 2010
Final Report: New England Wind Integration Study (NEWIS)- Executive Summary Independent System Operator-New England (ISO-NE) Dec 5 2010
Long-Term Contracting for Offshore Wind Energy and Tidal Projects [Docket No. 2010-235] Industrial Energy Consumer Group (IECG) Sep 7 2012
Offshore Wind Energy in Maine: Information Exchange Webinar Island Institute Jul 7 2011
Offshore Wind Energy Project Roadmap 2013 Maine Composites Alliance, Maine Wind Industry Initiative, and Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine Jan 1 2013
Maine Offshore Permitting Road Map Maine Composites Alliance, Maine Wind Industry Initiative, E2 Tech Jan 1 2013
Interactive Map of Demonstration Sites Maine Department of Conservation (DOC)
Siting Offshore Energy in Maine Maine Department of Conservation (DOC) Sep 2 2009
Future Opportunities for Wind Power in Maine Maine Department of Conservation (DOC) Sep 11 2009
Boon Island Ocean Energy Test Site Maine Department of Conservation (DOC); Maine State Planning Office (SPO) Dec 15 2009
Maine Ocean Energy Planning Areas and Test Sites Maine Department of Conservation (DOC); Maine State Planning Office (SPO) Dec 15 2009
Maine Offshore Energy Demonstration Area Siting Initiative- Draft Site Selection Methodology Maine Department of Conservation (DOC); Maine State Planning Office (SPO) Oct 27 2009

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