One Cool Thing: Maine Approves First Offshore Floating Wind Project in the U.S.

CGI of 12MW Aqua Ventus 1 unit Photo: UMaine via rechargenews.com

We wanted to end the week on a high note!  We have written about Norway’s big plans for floating offshore wind — now we will have it in the U.S. too, thanks to the Governor of Maine, Janet Mills, who finally got the 12-megawatt demonstration project green-lit by pushing through legislation that forced state utility regulators to issue the power purchase agreement for the project.  What?  It took her leadership to get it done after the prior Governor slowed the project on cost grounds (the energy from it will be price-competitive BTW).  She also is working to make the state of Maine carbon-neutral by 2045.  To this we say, YES WE CAN!

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