Another US state joined America’s growing offshore wind club when Maine’s governor directed approval of a long-delayed floating wind project off its coasts, and signed up to a regional sector taskforce with neighbours New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Janet Mills signed legislation that compels the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to approve an offtake agreement for the Maine Aqua Ventus project, led by the University of Maine.

Progress of the 12MW, two-turbine project – which is backed by $40m of federal government funds and would be the first US floating wind deployment – stalled last year when the PUC delayed approval of a power-purchase agreement whose broad terms were agreed in 2014.