Gulf of Maine Floating Offshore Wind Research Array: Preferred Site

Based on analysis of the available information and input from stakeholders and other state agencies, the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) has identified a preferred site for the proposed floating offshore wind research array within a narrowed area of interest in the Gulf of Maine.

To arrive at this preferred site, the GEO balanced a number of factors, such as impacts on fisheries and wildlife, navigation, costs, and more. For more about this process and analysis, please: 

The GEO accepted comments on this preferred site through July 30, 2021 to inform its final siting decision to be included in the federal lease application for the research array. 

Map of Narrowed Area of Interest and Preferred Site for the research array

The application is now in a multi-year permitting process by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which includes further impact studies and opportunities for public input. For more information, visit BOEM’s Gulf of Maine Research Lease Application webpage. This page is particularly helpful in identifying BOEM’s progress through the application and opportunities to submit public comments to inform the decision.

For full information and background, visit GEO’s research array webpage. For more information, please contact