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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:34:58 PM

UGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Norwegian energy giant Statoil gained key approval Thursday in its bid to build one of the nation's first offshore wind power projects off Maine's Boothbay Harbor.
The $120 million project would put four, three-megawatt wind turbines 12 miles off the coast on floating spar-buoy structures tethered to the seabed in 460 feet of water.
A 2-1 vote by the Public Utilities Commission approved an important contract between Statoil North America and utility companies. The PUC vote was the biggest hurdle the Hywind Maine project faced as it moves forward with the goal of having power flowing by 2016.
The U.S. currently has no offshore wind farms. Other projects are also in development off Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Delaware.

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DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 5:17:37 AM

probably a good partner given its experience
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 1:52:56 PM

Most of the cost will be for the transmission facilities between platforms nd shore. Additional turbines can be added at minimal expense. Also Statoil has operated in the North Sea for 40+years with far worse ocean conditions similar to Newfoundland. those make Maine's coast look like Lake Placid.
Yooperheart
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 6:56:37 AM

Way to use the wind.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 2:47:35 AM

Good news.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 12:50:43 AM

Good job.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 12:12:56 AM

I hear NIMBY calling.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 12:11:36 AM

Rock and roll
lesndave
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:39:31 PM

Good point CVA19
CVA19
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:36:52 PM

$120 million (a good portion of which is taxpayer money) for FOUR wind turbines! This doesn't pencil out. And wait until the first major storm hits them--all that money will sink to the bottom of the Atlantic or look like the eye sores on South Point, Hawaii.

GarRafFra
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:08:55 PM

Yeah. A clean power source we can really use.

csblesson
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:25:48 PM

Good but how much will it cost and what will be the return?
TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:22:57 PM

More wasted tax payer money.
darshanzala
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:54:49 PM

US Oil Companies and government should focus on green energy now. It helps to reduce the gas prices and demand.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:28:13 PM

I have heard many times here that oil companies were not invested in green energy and therefore out to destroy it. How can Statoil be doing this project if that is so?
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:23:43 PM

good
lonewolf_947
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:02:52 PM

Interesting news .........
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:41:07 PM

Yay oil. Nice.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:26:41 PM

nice!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:52:59 PM

why am i not surprised
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:45:54 PM

Its not oil, so its good.
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