State to woo U.S. official on offshore wind power

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will meet with Gov. John Baldacci and University of Maine researchers Friday as the state pushes ahead with its drive to become a national center for research and development in offshore wind energy.

Baldacci, members of Maine’s congressional delegation and wind power proponents hope to convince the Department of Energy to fund ongoing work by the university and private investors to establish a test site in the Gulf of Maine for wind power technology.