Maine picks three offshore wind turbine test locations

Maine has selected three Atlantic Ocean sites for placement of prototype wind turbines, with Governor John Baldacci and researchers estimating the state’s offshore energy potential as equivalent to 100 nuclear plants. The sites will also measure wave energy potential.

"This is where the future lies," says Baldacci. "We want to become an energy generating center."

Maine, already the land-based wind industry leader in New England, envisions itself as an energy exporter to the region in the next 20 years by harnessing its abundant offshore resource.

The three sites were chosen by a group of government and private agencies. The first is near Boon Island off the town of York in southern Maine. The second is near Damariscove Island south of Boothbay Harbor and the third is south of Monhegan Island off Port Log in to read complete article.

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