The documents can be obtained here:
- Permitting and Leasing for Maine Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) Power Projects (14-megabyte PDF)
- Permitting and Leasing for Maine Offshore Wind Energy Projects (11-megabyte PDF)
Waters off Maine are considered to be home to significant renewable energy resource potential. Ocean Renewable Power Company has developed a marine hydrokinetic project off Eastport, and Statoil has proposed an offshore wind project off the Maine coast. The roadmaps released today are designed to illustrate the path forward for offshore wind or MHK projects. Developing renewable ocean energy projects requires developers to compile permits and approvals under over a dozen federal and state statutes. Will the current regulatory structures lead to the development of more ocean energy projects off Maine and other U.S. coasts?