ELLSWORTH, Maine — The first of five public information meetings takes place this week about possible sites off the Maine coast that might be suitable for testing new offshore wind power technology.

State officials have identified seven possible sites stretching from southern waters off York County to far eastern Maine. Officials have until Dec. 15 to select between one and five of the spots to be used as demonstration sites to test components for deep-water wind farms, ones that would operate on floating platforms in waters hundreds of feet deep.

The first public information meeting about the sites takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in Ellsworth.

Other meetings are scheduled later this month in Wiscasset, Machias, Wells and Rockport.