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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has given the approval for Maine to lease federal waters in the Gulf of Maine, just southeast of Portland.

The 12 turbines, designed by the University of Maine, would be used for research to get data on effects of offshore wind.

From Governor Janet Mills:

Offshore wind offers our state a tremendous opportunity to harness abundant clean energy in our own backyard, to create good-paying jobs and drive economic development, and to reduce our over-reliance on fossil fuels and fight climate change. This offer of a lease is a major milestone in our effort to embrace these significant economic and environmental benefits for Maine and Maine people and is a recognition of our nation-leading work to responsibly develop this promising industry. My Administration looks forward to reviewing the lease from BOEM over the coming weeks as we strive to advance critical research into floating offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine.

Maine leaders now have 30 days to either accept or reject the offer. Their also could be discussions to modify the lease.

More about offshore wind in Maine, HERE.

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