Considerations for Floating Wind Energy Development in the Gulf of Maine

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report summarizes the primary considerations for developing floating offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine based on the current knowledge of the staff at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as of June 2023. This work was performed as a supplement to information solicited by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in their Call for Information and Nominations announced in April 2023 (BOEM 2023b). The purpose of this report is to provide general information to the citizens of Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, and to inform decision makers and stakeholders about the unique challenges of developing floating offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine. This report intends to provide context to show the importance of the energy markets created by the states that floating offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine will serve.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages83
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-86550


  • BOEM
  • floating wind
  • Gulf of Maine
  • offshore wind


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