Performance assessed of model wind turbine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The head of the University of Maine's advanced composites center is going to deliver the first update on performance of a scale model of an offshore wind turbine prototype.

Habib Dagher's briefing Thursday at the University of Southern Maine will focus on the 65-foot-tall turbine deployed last summer off Castine.

Eventually, the university wants to build two larger units to be deployed 12 miles offshore. On Tuesday, the Public Utilities Commission gave initial approval to the project.

UMaine submitted its proposal after the state nullified a similar agreement with Norwegian-based Statoil. UMaine's supporters say there's a commitment to creating jobs in Maine. Maine Aqua Ventus officials have estimated that the project could create 340 full- and part-time jobs during the three years of planning and construction.

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