January 11 (Renewables Now) - The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has invited additional public comments before a decision on the power offtake contract for the 12-MW Aqua Ventus floating offshore wind project can be taken.
Maine Public reports that the price of the electricity from the pilot power plant at sea would grow to USD 0.35 (EUR 0.29) per kWh by 2040, which is now considered too high given the downward pricing pressure observed at present.
The New England Aqua Ventus I demonstration project will use two 6-MW turbines mounted on floating semisubmersible concrete hulls called the VolturnUS, designed by the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine. The centre, the university, Cianbro Corp and Naval Energies, formerly known as DCNS Energies, are the participants in the project consortium.
The delayed power contract for the project is to be signed with Central Maine Power Co.