US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a US$2.166M grant to the Energy Office in the state of Maine
The funds will be used to develop a roadmap to establish an offshore wind industry in the state. The EDA grant will be matched with US$267,624 in state funds and US$112,457 in local funds.
“Unleashing American innovation is critical to our global competitiveness,” said the Secretary of Commerce. “This project will allow Maine to capitalise on its technical leadership in the wind power sector to diversify and grow the state’s economy and make it more resilient.”
The aim of the project is to create a roadmap for a floating offshore wind industry by examining manufacturing processes, supply chains, port facilities, transportation systems, shipbuilding opportunities, workforce development plans, exports, and economic impacts.
Governor Janet Mills said, “Maine is committed to the development of clean energy, the fight against climate change, and the pursuit of innovation to broaden and strengthen economic opportunities for our people."
Senators Susan Collins and Angus King issued a joint statement in which they said Maine’s offshore wind industry “has the potential to become a leading energy provider.”