Maine Builds International Recognition for Wind Energy
By Ramona du Houx
September 10th, 2010
The recognition comes from a number of combining factors. Maine is establishing itself as a leader in research and development for floating offshore wind turbines. But also, Maine is recognized as a Leader in North East US wind development onshore with a government dedicated to streamline permitting and overwhelming public support. All participants of the summit agree that onshore development is an important step in developing capabilities to move offshore. The results are international attention with the potential for strong foreign investment leading to local economic growth in Maine.
Rostock is located in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on the Baltic Sea in North Eastern Germany. The surrounding region is very similar to Maine with heritage in shipbuilding, seafood, forestry, agriculture and tourism. And like Maine, this region has seen declines in traditional industries in recent decades. Despite that trend, wind power has been a significant economic development engine for the area. The State now has approximately 1200MW of wind energy installed. In the coming weeks the local Baltic One offshore wind farm will become operational.
The growth in international recognition is an important step in the road to attract investment to Maine that will create new economic opportunities, while also showing leadership providing clean renewable energy for the nation.
Director and Industry Coordinator
Maine Wind Industry Initiative