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It's all well and good to talk about the need for finding sources of alternative energy, but at some point those discussions need to lead to action. The Ocean Energy Institute, a two-year-old think-tank dedicated to addressing the challenges of offshore renewable energy, is turning the conversation into action by opening an office in a former clothing factory in Rockland. Matthew Simmons, a co-founder of the institute and an expert in the field of fossil fuel research, says he is working with the federal government, state of Maine, and the University of Maine to get a series of test platforms for offshore wind turbines into testing. These pilot projects would be on floating platforms no more than three miles off the coast, Simmons says, though the final versions of the wind turbines would probably be about ten or twelve miles off the shore.
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