UMaine Receives Multi-Million Dollar Grant for Offshore Wind

Orono- Maine will welcome two off-shore floating wind turbines following the awarding of a multi-million dollar federal grant.
The University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center has been awarded the first phase of a $93.2 million deepwater offshore wind demonstration project.

The grant, which comes from the U.S. Department of Energy, will be used to develop and build two 6-megawatt floating turbines, which will be placed in Maine's coastal waters between 2014 and 2015.
With a 500-foot blade span, each turbine will be taller than the Washington Monument, and produce as much energy as four typical land-based turbines.
Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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