In a bid to defuse opposition and avoid conflict with Maine’s fishing interests, Gov. Janet Mills proposed a series of actions Monday to advance a floating wind research project planned for far offshore in federal waters, while protecting the near-shore waters valued for lobstering and coastal tourism.
In a letter to licensed commercial fishermen, Mills announced that she will ask the Legislature to approve a 10-year moratorium on new offshore wind projects in waters managed by the state, which extend three miles from shore.
The ban, however, wouldn’t include the already permitted New England Aqua Ventus demonstration site off Monhegan island. That venture, which would feature a single turbine atop a floating platform pioneered at the University of Maine, is being developed in a $100 million partnership with two global ocean energy companies, Diamond Offshore Wind and RWE Renewables.
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Dr. Habib Dagher, executive director, University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center
Dan Burgess, director, Governor’s Energy Office
Kristan Porter, president, Maine Lobstermen’s Association
Sarah Haggerty, wildlife biologist, Maine Audubon
Chris Wissemann, CEO, New England AquaVentus
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