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) 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, GEO balanced a number of factors, such as impacts on fisheries and wildlife, navigation, costs, and more. GEO accepted comments on this preferred site through July 30, 2021 to inform its final preferred site for the research array lease application to the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

For more about this process and analysis: 

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

Initial Stakeholder Webinars

Dec. 15, 2020: Fisheries Webinar #1
Dec. 16, 2020: Fisheries Webinar #2
Dec. 17, 2020: General Interest Webinar #1
Dec. 22, 2020: Fisheries Webinar #3
Feb. 5, 2021: Stakeholder Planning and Knowledge Sharing Workshop


Research Array Informational and Work Sessions

Feb. 26, 2021: Building Our Understanding of the Current Offshore Wind Floating Technology
March 5, 2021: Wildlife Work Session #1
March 10, 2021: Fisheries Work Session #1
March 26, 2021: Gathering Insight into OSW Cable Laying and Maintenance
March 26, 2021: Wildlife Work Session #2
March 30, 2021: UK Lessons: -- Global Perspective on Offshore Wind Supply Chain Opportunities for Maine 

This webinar was hosted by the United Kingdom and Carbon Trust in partnership with the State of Maine and the Maine International Trade Center. Participants will hear from experts and participate in Q&A on how the UK has helped companies pivot to offshore wind, as well as supply chain lessons learned from Hywind (Scotland), the first floating offshore wind commercial installation in the world.

March 31, 2021: Fisheries Work Session #2
July 13, 2021: Joint Fisheries and Wildlife Work Session #3

The findings of these work sessions will be carried into the state’s broader offshore wind roadmap effort, which will have various working groups continuing to review these topics and more.

Siting Criteria

Offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine must be developed responsibly. The State is committed to working with fishing and other interests in considering where any offshore wind projects could be located and work to minimize any negative impacts.

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