AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A University of Maine-led offshore wind pilot project has failed to a win a key $47 million grant from the federal government.
The Department of Energy said Wednesday that the Maine Aqua Ventus project was selected as an alternate and could resubmit later if one of the winners falls short of its obligations. In the meantime, it’ll receive $3 million for research and development.
Projects in New Jersey, Oregon and Virginia were awarded grants.
UMaine officials had said the grant was a key to funding the project. If successful, the 12-megawatt pilot project could be the first step toward creating a larger wind farm generating up to 500 megawatts.
The project was the only one left in Maine after Norwegian company Statoil in October spiked a plan to put turbines 12 miles off Maine’s coast.