Potential Federal Funding for Maine Offshore Wind Initiative 

The Maine Offshore Wind Initiative at the University of Maine could be getting a five million dollar boost in federal funding.Senator Susan Collins says House and Senate leaders have included the funding in the 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill.Collins says the provision was added during negotiations between House and Senate leaders to create a final version of the bill.She says U-Maine is on track to become a national leader in offshore wind technology.She says Maine is the ideal location for deep water offshore wind research because the state has some of the strongest and most consistent offshore winds.