The Aqua Ventus was originally passed over for a $47 million grant, but the Department of Energy awarded some funding because the project showed promise.
Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said Friday that the project is now elevated to top status in the competition and will be one of up to three leading projects that are each eligible for up to $40 million in additional funding for the construction phase.
Aqua Ventus would put a two-turbine, 12 MW project off the coast of Monhegan Island. The project is unusual because it's the only one to use concrete for the floating platforms.