Gorham wind researchers get $4.5M grant

Posted Sept. 08, 2011, at 5:43 a.m.

GORHAM, Maine — A Gorham research firm is receiving a $4.5 million grant to study risks to sea birds, sea turtles and marine mammals from offshore wind-power development.

Sen. Olympia Snowe announced the Department of Energy grant to BioDiversity Research Institute on Wednesday.

The Maine Republican said Maine is uniquely positioned to harness deep-water offshore energy. She said technical and environmental challenges for the wind energy industry as well as a long permitting process are major impediments to installing offshore wind energy.

Snowe said the research project will yield data critical to advance development of offshore wind.