With the oil spill bringing us down more and more each day, it's always nice to hear of something good happening off shore, especially when it has to do with clean energy, the true solution to oil spills.
So, here's some good news: the Department of Energy has awarded the state of Maine $20 million to further their development of deep water offshore wind energy.Maine has selected three test sites for wind power development off the state's coast, and the University of Maine, which has been conducting research and testing on offshore wind power, has a demonstration site of its own off Monhegan Island. All of those projects are set to be funded by this award.
Maine is part of the newly-founded Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium, along with nine other states and the Interior department, that is working to streamline site review and analysis for offshore wind development. The consortium, along with these new funds, should help more East Coast wind projects make it past the drawing board.
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