Summary of the Offshore Wind Report from the Advanced Structures & Composites Center’s February 23, 2011 Press Release:
“Funded by more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy and compiled by the University of Maine and the James W. Sewall Company, the report examines economics and policy, electrical grid integration, wind and wave, bathymetric, soil, and environmental research. It also includes summaries of assembly and construction sites, critical issues for project development and permitting, and an analysis of the implications of the Jones Act.
That federal law, in place for nearly a century, would cause deepwater offshore wind facilities to be identified as ports. Some believe that designation might make it difficult for developers to work with European collaborators, but the new report explains how that issue can be effectively managed.
The Maine Offshore Wind Report reflects the compiled efforts of a team of contributors organized by UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. This team includes the University of Maine, James W. Sewall Company; RLC Engineering; Vienna Ventures; W.F. Baird & Associates Coastal Engineers Ltd.; Kleinschmidt Associates; Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer, & Nelson, P.A.; Island Institute; Maine Composites Alliance; Maine Wind Industry Initiative; and Black & Veatch Corporation.”