The Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap will create an economic development plan for the offshore wind industry in Maine, by building on the state’s record of planning, research and development, and innovation that stretches back over a decade.
This work is supported by a $2.166 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) to develop the Roadmap as an initiative for growing Maine’s overall economy and improving Maine’s economic resilience, through targeted development of this global industry.
The Offshore Wind Roadmap will be developed by an expert advisory committee and several working groups with broad public input, focusing on energy markets, ports and infrastructure, socioeconomic impacts, equity, manufacturing and supply chains, workforce development, and ocean and environmental compatibility.
This effort will identify how to support the growing offshore wind sector in a way that embraces the opportunity, while ensuring compatibility with our Maine coastal heritage and minimizing the impacts on fisheries and the environment.
Maine’s 10-year Economic Strategy identifies offshore wind as a critical opportunity to grow the state’s economy, and encourages the state to set forth a balanced agenda that maximizes economic benefits for Maine people while creating a culture of innovation that creates a foundation for future leadership in this growing industry.
To learn more about the Roadmap and and opportunities to engage in its work, please visit maineoffshorewind.org.