Full Title: Maine Offshore Wind Map
Author(s): Maine Governor's Energy Office
Publisher(s): Maine Governor's Energy Office
Publication Date: February 21, 2023
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The Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap is the product of more than 18 months of work, under the leadership of the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO). The Roadmap describes how Maine is uniquely positioned to benefit from the responsible advancement of offshore wind. As one of the nation’s most fossil fuel-dependent states—with nearly 60% of all homes reliant on heating fuels, and Maine and New England’s energy grid over-reliant on natural gas for electricity—Maine is distinctly vulnerable to price and supply volatility of imported fossil fuels, such as the soaring costs caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in early 2022.
The Roadmap’s technical reports show that Maine will need offshore wind, together with other renewable sources, to make a transition to cleaner, less volatile, and more affordable energy sources in the coming decades. At the same time, the Roadmap describes the steps needed to act responsibly, support coastal communities and industries, and protect the unique Gulf of Maine ecosystem during this transition.