wind-offshore-ws-flickr.jpgThe U.S. Department of Energy has announced that it is setting aside $20 million for deepwater, offshore wind energy development, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said Friday.

Collins, who invited U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center for a visit about two weeks ago, said the university is well-positioned to be awarded the funding.

“The reason I’m so excited about this is that I believe it has the potential to transform Maine’s economy and create as many as 15,000 good jobs and make Maine a leader in clean energy technology,” she said.

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