Wind Power Gets Boost in Maine

The Maine State Legislature approved legislation to promote wind power development in Maine. By a vote of 139-0 in the House and 34-0 in the Senate, lawmakers voted for enactment of “An Act to Implement Recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Wind Power Development” (LD 2283).

The bill calls for developing at least 2,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power in Maine by 2015 and at least 3,000 MW by 2020.  This level of wind power development would make Maine one of the top wind power generating states in the Eastern United States. The legislation also improves the permitting process for wind power projects, establishes expedited permitting areas and promotes development of community-level wind power.

“Maine lawmakers did a great thing today.  Every single one of them voted yes for making Maine a leader in wind power development, yes for reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, and yes for addressing the threat of climate change,” said Pete Didisheim the Natural Resources Council of Maine’s Advocacy Director.

For the Wind Power Task Force report, click here.

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