Tapping into Maine’s maritime heritage and natural wind resource to advance clean, domestic energy while strengthening coastal economies.

Maine-made Power

Maine’s manufacturing heritage was built on local power. Maine has more than 156 GW of clean offshore wind energy that is renewable, environmentally responsible, and within our reach. Successfully harnessing offshore wind will contribute to the transformation of Maine’s energy sector to renewable sources, and keep our energy dollars in our state. 

Local Jobs

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University of Maine economist Todd Gabe estimates that the New England Aqua Ventus I project will produce nearly $200 million in total economic output, and more than 1,500 Maine-based jobs ranging from construction workers and technicians to ship captains and professional engineers. Learn more, here.

Responsible Development

Maine Aqua Ventus is committed to responsible offshore development in a manner that includes involvement and guidance by local communities and marine users. We are committed that future use of UMaine’s VolturnUS floating technology will be in commercial projects located more than 10 miles from Monhegan, other inhabited Maine islands, and the mainland coast. Learn more, here.

Additional Information about Maine Aqua Ventus

Our Commitment to Island and Coastal Communities

MAV is committed to responsible offshore development in a manner that includes involvement and guidance by local communities and marine users. MAV understands the economic and cultural significance of our coastal and island communities and neighboring waters. Our measured and informed approach to offshore wind development is intended to minimize potential risks or adverse effects on existing industries and the natural environment.

We are committed to:

  • Frequent and transparent outreach with communities and existing marine users
  • A two-turbine demonstration project within the University of Maine Deepwater Offshore Wind Test Site at Monhegan Island for evaluating technology, monitoring the environment, and developing best practices for coexistence with marine users
  • An emphasis on local economic development opportunities
  • Future use of UMaine’s VolturnUS floating technology only in commercial projects located more than 10 miles from Monhegan, other inhabited Maine islands, and the mainland coast.

To download a printable copy of this commitment, visit this link.

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About Maine Aqua Ventus

New England Aqua Ventus I (the Project) is a 12 Megawatt (MW) floating offshore wind pilot project to develop a clean, renewable energy source off Maine’s shores.

This demonstration project is unique in that: it will mount two 6 MW wind turbines to floating semisubmersible concrete hulls called the VolturnUS, and designed by the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine. The patented VolturnUS hull technology has been demonstrated in independent reports to reduce the cost of offshore wind. The turbines are held in position in the ocean by three marine mooring lines securely anchored to the seabed, and connected by subsea cable to the Maine power grid by subsea cable.

The project goals are to: demonstrate the innovative design of the VolturnUS with full-size offshore wind turbines, work with local contractors and manufacturers to generate local economic benefit, create and keep Maine jobs in Maine, and provide renewable energy now and in the future.

Harnessing the clean, renewable wind energy from our deep ocean waters will contribute to the transformation of our energy sector to renewable sources, and keep our energy dollars in Maine.