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UMaine Composites Lab Receiving $12.4 Million 

More than 12-million dollars in federal money is on it’s way to the University of Maine for renewable energy research.The money will be used to build on to the UMaine composites lab.Senator Collins says the funding will come from the US Department of Commerce.The 30-thousand square foot laboratory addition will support a materials and engineering research program, which is designed to capitalize on two of the state’s key resources, wind energy and wood.The facility, when complete, would be the only one of its kind in the country.And experts estimate developing offshore wind projects in Maine have the potential to create 15,000 jobs and bring 20 billion dollars to the state.