The US regulator of coastal energy development found no competing interest for a research lease application submitted by the state of Maine, clearing the way for a 150MW research array that may be the nation’s first floating wind project.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said Thursday it will now move forward with the state’s research application, “which could be used to inform any future commercial offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine, as well as the deployment of floating offshore wind technology nationwide”.