New Hampshire will host the kick-off meeting of a federal offshore wind task force for the Gulf of Maine. The meeting is set for Dec. 12 at the University of New Hampshire.
It will be open to the public, with time for public input.
The task force will include state, local and tribal government officials from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine, and from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
The group aims to study whether and how to set up an offshore wind leasing process in the Gulf of Maine.
The first meeting will cover each state's renewable energy goals and the federal wind regulatory process. If that process moves forward, officials say, the Gulf of Maine could see wind development within the next decade.