The consortium members also noted interest by the aquaculture industry and by tidal power researchers to also locate in the test area south of Monhegan.
Penobscot Bay activist Ron Huber briefly outlined his lawsuit in Maine Superior Court over the state decision to designate a test area off Monhegan.
The wind researchers also revealed that the Baldacci Administration is about to bring a bill before the Legislature that would allow fast-tracking of commercial windfarm leases, throughout Maine state waters. Speaker of the House Hannah Pingree confirmed the bill, predicting it to go public within the next few weeks.
The final decision by DeepCwind on whether to stay with the Monhegan site may rest upon Maine Superior Court Justice Jeffrey Hjelm' rulings as he considers the case, Huber vs Bureau of Parks and Lands, in which plaintiff Huber argues that the Bureau of Parks and Lands failed to adequately consider the impacts to Monhegan and the surrounding ecosystems before choosing it as host to the state's offshore test site. Huber is asking that the R&D site be moved to another of the alternative offshore locations that were under consideration by the state.
Ward and Pude promised to keep Monheganers abreast of developments.
PHOTOS: 1. Jake Ward of DeepCWind Consortium giving presentation to Monhegan residents February 16, 2010 Photo by RonHuber 2, View of Monhwegan's Christmas Cove that would include windmills under state plan. February 16, 2010 Photo by Ron Huber. 3. Monhegan surrounded by windstorm whitecaps. Photo NASA