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Federal officials will hold a meeting in Portland on next steps for offshore wind planning efforts

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Tuesday announced a series of meetings to get feedback on offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine.

In August, the agency had announced a request for interest, to evaluate the demand for wind energy leases.

Following public comment over the past few months, and further spatial analysis, the agency reduced the proposed area for offshore wind leases by 27%, to 10 million acres.

Bureau of Energy Ocean Management
This map shows the proposed area in the Gulf of Maine that BOEM seeks feedback on in upcoming meetings

This month, the bureau is holding public meetings in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. The Maine meeting will be at the Portland by the Bay Holiday Inn, on Jan. 19 at 5 p.m.

Murray Carpenter is Maine Public’s climate reporter, covering climate change and other environmental news.