Off-shore wind firm to hold 3 public meetings
Aanestad acknowledged that driving down the cost of power is critical to Statoil. Better-than-expected performance at the 2.3-megawatt floating turbine in Norway has given Statoil reason to look at other sites, including Maine.
Even so, power costs won't be competitive unless full-scale projects can be built and sited economically, Aanestad said.
June 15, 2012
in The Portland Press Herald
The Norwegian company that wants to built a demonstration floating wind farm off the coast near Boothbay Harbor will hold three public meetings this month to update its progress and answer questions.
Representatives from Statoil plan to be in Boothbay on June 25, in Rockland on June 26 and in Portland on June 27.
Statoil has been testing a floating offshore wind turbine in Norway since 2009 and says it's encouraged by the performance of the project, called Hywind.
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