Official hopes firms will put turbines in Gulf of Maine

ORONO, Maine — Middle East instability may be one reason more people than expected attended or tuned in online Tuesday to a wind power developers conference at the University of Maine.

As popular uprisings have broken out in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and elsewhere, the price of oil has been rising, pushed up by uncertainty over how the instability will affect oil production. The volatility of oil prices, according to state and federal officials, is a major reason the potential for offshore wind power development in the Gulf of Maine is getting a lot of attention.

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