Maine offshore wind project faces 1st major hurdle

8:35 PM, Jan 12, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Supporters of a 12-megawatt offshore wind project a few miles off Maine's coast say it could transform the state into a leader of the infant industry.

But first, developers must overcome their first major hurdle: getting the green light from a panel of state regulators this week.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is poised to vote Tuesday on whether to grant initial approval for a state contract to the University of Maine and its partner companies to build a two-turbine pilot project off the coast of Monhegan Island.

The vote on the UMaine project comes nearly a year after the PUC gave the first nod to Norwegian company Statoil for its own offshore wind project, which was spiked following maneuvering by Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration.


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