US energy secretary to visit UMaine wind program

Posted May 27, 2010, at 6 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has accepted an invitation from Sen. Susan Collins to visit the University of Maine’s deepwater, offshore wind energy research program.

The Maine Republican says Chu’s visit on June 14 will allow him to learn more about its plans to design and test floating deepwater wind turbine platforms.

Gov. John Baldacci, who met with Chu in February in Washington to discuss wind power, says Chu will get to see firsthand the aggressive steps the state has taken to show what is possible.

It’ll be the second visit by a cabinet member made to the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center in the past year. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood paid a visit last August.

Chu, a co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997), has focused his recent work on energy issues. He was previously director of DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and professor of Physics and Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California.

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