An artists rendering of a proposed floating wind farm off the coast of Maine beyond the horizon and out of sight.
“Maine is already a leader in ocean energy innovation, as evidenced by federal awards to the University of Maine and Statoil for developing offshore wind technologies off the coast of Maine. These road maps will help attract more businesses to our shores and deep-water resources,”Jeff Marks, E2Tech Executive Director agrees
Following last week’s U.S. Department of Energy grants of $4 million each to two Maine offshore wind engineering, site evaluation and planning projects, the Maine Composites Alliance (MCA), Maine Wind Industry Initiative (MWII) and Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) collaboratively released two comprehensive permitting and regulatory road maps for developers of offshore wind, wave and tidal projects in Maine.
“Each road map serves as a detailed instructional outline for permitting and licensing in the Gulf of Maine, and as a guide to identify and navigate environmental and energy regulations. By making the path from project planning to development and ultimately to completion as clear and comprehensive as possible, we hope Maine can attract even more economic and energy opportunities to its waters and jobs for its people,” said Jeff Thaler, an energy and environmental attorney who created the Permitting and Leasing for Maine Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) Power Projects and the Permitting and Leasing for Maine Offshore Wind Energy Projects.
Thaler’s efforts have been focused to help steer potential developers and interested parties through federal, state and local laws and regulations applicable for ocean energy projects.
“These road maps will help ensure that the state has the expertise available to assist developers and their supply chains through the legal and regulatory waters,” said Paul Williamson, Maine Wind Industry (MWII) Executive Director. “Maine not only has considerable natural wind and ocean energy resources, it has exceptional assets in its precision and composites manufacturing, engineering, construction, marine services and trades, applied research and development, and transportation and logistics communities.”
“Maine’s composites industry has been working with the University of Maine and other partners to develop cutting edge materials for the emerging offshore wind industry and these road maps are another step to making these efforts pay off for Maine businesses,” said Steve Van Vogt, MCA Executive Director.
MCA, MWII,E2Tech and other industries and non-profits have been collaborating to help organize, promote and expand Maine’s ocean and wind energy cluster through strengthening the industry’s supply chain in Maine, fostering collaboration between Maine businesses and global partners, and recruiting major suppliers and/or manufacturers to Maine.
- MCA is an alliance of composite businesses that work together to promote Maine’s leadership in the international composites industry.
- MWII is a collaborative created to organize Maine wind industry interests, link opportunities to Maine companies, relate industry needs to the state and federal government and act as a communication hub for Maine-based industrial partners in the wind energy industry.
- E2Tech seeks to build and expand the State’s environmental, energy and clean technology sectors through networking and educational events, business development and sustainable job growth projects, and research, development and commercialization initiatives. Please visit E2Tech for more information and copies of the road maps.