Maine boosts clean energy transition, aiming to generate 3,000 MW from offshore wind turbines by 2040, promoting job creation and environmental benefits.

Maine is making big strides in wind energy as the state aims to generate 3,000 megawatts from offshore wind turbines by 2040, Governor Janet Mills announced on Thursday. This target is equivalent to approximately half of Maine's current electricity demand.

Governor Mills' signing of the LD 1895 law heralds a significant commitment to offshore wind, with the potential for large-scale port development while still ensuring the protection of areas significant to the lobster fishing industry.

“With responsible development, offshore wind provides Maine with an opportunity to harness clean, abundant energy, maintain stable energy prices, create well-paid jobs, and promote a healthier environment for our future generations,” stated Mills.

Previously, attempts to augment offshore wind in the state were met with opposition from the lobster industry. They voiced concerns over potential ecological impacts, particularly those related to undersea cables' electromagnetic fields.

According to APNews, in response to such concerns, the new law incorporates provisions for protecting Lobster Management Area 1. It also prefers offshore wind projects situated outside these critical lobster fishing zones.

This landmark legislation permits the Governor’s Energy Office to integrate up to 3,000 megawatts of electricity from offshore wind turbines by 2040. This is part of Maine’s drive to reach its 100% clean energy goal by 2050. As of 2021, Maine ranks fifth in the nation in the proportion of its electricity generated by wind power, accounting for 23% of total generation, as per the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The wind turbines destined for the Gulf of Maine will employ floating platforms due to the deep waters, making anchoring to the ocean floor impractical, as reported by The Associated Press.

According to Governor Mills' office, the Maine Department of Transportation will likely identify a preferred location for an offshore wind energy port by 2024.

“This bill ensures that offshore wind projects, which will play a crucial role in meeting Maine’s renewable energy goals, are implemented correctly for the benefit of our residents,” stated Senator Mark Lawrence, the bill’s sponsor. “It promises jobs, more stable energy prices, and contributes to our fight against climate change.”

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