PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Backers of wind power say Maine could lose out in this potentially lucrative field if we drag our feet on projects.
A new report out tonight shows huge potential for Maine when it comes to harnessing power from offshore wind. The report put together by the National Wildlife Federation, urges action to move ocean wind projects forward here in Maine and along the Atlantic Coast.
It also calls on congress to extend tax credits for these projects. The credits expire at the end of the year. They are also a crucial part of a project planned for Maine by Norwegian Company Statoil. It wants to test floating turbines here
"There are only a few sites internationally that are testing this technology and Maine will likely have the first site in North America to test this technology", said Ivy Frignoca of the Conservation Law Foundation.
All four members of Maine's Congressional Delegation support extending the off shore wind tax credits. An initial vote on it is expected later this month.