Nearly $5 Million Alloted for Wind Project at UMaine 

Senator Susan Collins says she has sucessfully secured $4.8 million dollars in federal funding to a wind project at the University of Maine.The Maine Offshore Wind Initiative would establish a National Center for Deepwater Offshore Wind Research at the school.The money was approved by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and is included in next year’s budget bill.The measure now goes before the full Senate Appropriations Committee, and if passed, on to the full Senate for approval.In June, Governor Baldacci met with U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Maine’s Congressional delegation to discuss offshore wind power in Maine.