Chellie Pingree

University of Maine offshore wind project gets grant boost

An offshore wind power pilot project led by the University of Maine is back in the running for a major federal grant, officials said Friday.

The U.S. Department of Energy elevated the project's status after a slew of independent cost estimates showed the project's technology will reduce the cost of offshore wind development, the UMaine offshore wind research team's leader, Habib Dagher, said from Orono.

The Aqua Ventus project was originally passed over for a $47 million grant, but the Department of Energy awarded some funding because the project showed promise.

But the project is now elevated to top status in the competition and will be one of up to three leading...