On May 7, 2014, the US-DOE announced its 3 picks for a $47 million grant to further develop offshore wind power projects, and Maine Aqua Ventus was not chosen. The 3 winners were in Oregon, New Jersey and Virginia; both the OR and NJ projects plan to use a twisted jacket foundation for their turbines (shown).
Maine wind industry proponents, while disappointed, expressed optimism that the project would still go forward at a more optimal time. MOWII Director Paul Williamson said, “Perhaps by having the extra time, the opportunity to complete the design cycle as energy markets continue to mature, and with the prospect of additional funding within the next couple years, this will allow the project to mature so it’s ever more successful."
Read the full story on the DOE website and in the Portland Press Herald. Image of twisted jacket wind turbine courtesy of DOE.