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The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has voted to review Maine Aqua Ventus GP LLC’s terms for the two-turbine research and development floating wind project off of Monhegan Island, Maine.
Offshore wind could support 2,144 Maine jobs annually through 2030, according to a report released by the American Jobs Project.
The Business Network for Offshore Wind, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry and advancement of its supply chain, has welcomed New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order that directs the state to ramp up on its path the goal of generating 3.5GW of offshore wind energy by 2030. The organisation has also called for support of the Maine Aqua Ventus project with the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
On 24 January, Maine Governor Paul LePage issued an executive order setting up the Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission and placing a moratorium on new permits to wind energy projects until the newly-established commission releases its report after studying the economic impact wind turbines have on tourism.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) decided on 9 January not to give its final decision on a power contract between Maine Aqua Ventus and Central Maine Power Co. yet, saying that more public comment is required as the energy market has changed since the initial terms were approved in 2014, according to the state’s media.
Houston-based classification society ABS has completed the design review of the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) documentation for the VolturnUS, a floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT), developed by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center.