UMaine Gets Millions to Harness Wind 

Millions of dollars in federal money will be going to the University of Maine to study one of the state’s most powerful nature resources, the wind.Students on campus had a chance to listen in as a grant of $8,000,000 from the Department of Energy was announced for an offshore wind energy project.Lawmakers in Washington also gave final approval to a bill that includes $5,000,000 for the project- money that was secured by maine senator susan collins.According to Habib Dagher, director of the composite center at UMaine, and senator collins, this will allow Maine to become a national leader in wind energy.Collins says more than 30 public and private partners, including UMaine, Maine Maritime Academy, Bath Iron Works and Cianbro Corporation joined together to form the consortium that’s being awarded the Department of Energy grant.