Offshore Wind

In June 2019, Governor Janet Mills created the Maine Offshore Wind Initiative to enable the state of Maine to identify opportunities for offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine and to determine how Maine can best position itself to benefit from future offshore wind projects.
The Maine Offshore Wind Initiative was charged with promoting compatibility between potential future and existing uses in the Gulf of Maine, specifically addressing any impact on Maine’s commercial fishing and maritime industries when considering offshore wind sites. In addition, the Offshore Wind Initiative was given responsibility for Maine’s participation in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Gulf of Maine Task Force, which was created last year to identify opportunities for renewable energy leasing and development on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Maine.
Landings, October 2020

While wind power is not a new idea, recent developments are pushing the issue to the fore front of lobstermen’s minds. The MLA continues to engage in all issues that could affect how lobstermen fish. To that end, teh MLA joined the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance in order to broaden our knowledge and to have greater expertise available.

11/12/20 – The MLA submitted a letter to Governer Janet Mills expressing concern about the rapid increase of offshore wind power planning and the lack of stakeholder involvement.

https://mainelobstermen.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/MLA-Mills-Offshore-Wind-Concerns_2020.11.11_final.pdf

11/20/20 – The State of Maine released an announcement regarding a new proposed research wind farm in southern Maine.

The MLA responded to the state:

For more information regarding offshore wind in Maine please see see the following links:

https://www.maine.gov/energy/initiatives/offshore-wind

For frequently asked questions about offshore wind, please see this site:

https://www.maine.gov/energy/offshorewind/projects/researcharray/FAQs