PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hoping to answer wind-power developers’ questions, researchers say the cost of producing electricity from wind mills off Maine’s coast can be competitive with current costs of delivering power to the grid.

A study that’s the subject of a webcast and meetings at the University of Maine on Tuesday says it seems possible to hit a target of 8-10 cents a kilowatt hour for energy delivered from offshore turbines to the grid.

The federal government-sponsored study says building floating platforms on land and towing them to their deep-water locations would be much cheaper than erecting turbine towers on the sea floor.

The Portland Press Herald says the study could answer questions developers have about whether it makes sense to invest in Gulf of Maine wind power.


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