The US’ first floating wind project, the New England Aqua Ventus 1 pilot off Maine, almost sank without a trace after anti-renewables former governor Paul LePage spiked an agreed power purchase agreement (PPA) for the 12MW development. But with the political tide having turned in the northern-eastern state, the reborn University of Maine-led demonstrator is now fast taking shape, with expectations it will be in the water and turning before 2023 – clearing a path for a 100MW array to follow.