Offshore wind list narrowed to four sites

Posted Oct. 27, 2009, at 3:20 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Having considered seven sites along Maine’s coast for offshore wind demonstration projects, state officials on Tuesday named four locations where researchers might be able to explore the potential for wind power facilities.

The University of Maine, which earlier this month received an $8 million grant from U.S. Department of Energy for wind energy research, and commercial developers will be able to test deep water wind turbines in each of the selected sites, according to a prepared statement released Tuesday by Maine Department of Conservation.

The final selection on which sites will be available for testing won’t be made until mid-December.

The locations still being considered by the state include sites off Boon Island in York County, Damariscove and Monhegan islands in Lincoln County, and Cutler in Washington County.

The total area in the four sites equals about seven square miles of ocean surface, Robert Marvinney, state geologist, indicated in the release.

Marvinney said that the public can comment on the four proposed sites until Nov. 30.

“We’re far from done,” Marvinney indicated. “This process is transparent, and I urge anyone who wants to submit an opinion or technical data to write to the Department of Conservation.”

Other sites that were mentioned earlier this year as possibilities but did not make the cut

include areas near Matinicus Island, Isle Au Haut, and Jonesport. State officials and others held a series of public meetings along the coast in over the past two months to gather feedback on all the the sites.

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