Offshore Wind Energy Session report

On March 3, 2012, the Island Institute facilitated a workshop session on offshore wind energy as part of the Maine Fishermen's Forum at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine. This workshop convened key representatives of state and federal regulatory agencies, wind industry representatives, environmental researchers and marine user organizations.

Key themes that emerged from the day included:

  • Maximizing stakeholder involvement
  • Identifying the benefits of offshore wind
  • Considering the potential for larger scale development
  • Availability of compensation for lost fishing grounds
  • Preserving a way of life

The report below explores these themes in greater detail and provides a detailed description of the Forum session. Funding for this report was provided by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Mangement (BOEM)