Maine Creates Task Force to Boost Wind Power

May 14, 2007

Maine Governor John Baldacci signed an executive order May 8 that created a task force to promote the development and use of wind power in the state. The goal is to capitalize on the state's wind potential, rated 19th in the nation and the highest of all the New England states.

The Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development in Maine will review the regulations that affect the development of wind power projects and recommend any changes to provide a balanced regulatory framework for evaluating proposed developments. The task force will also monitor advances in wind power technology, identify benefits and incentives that might be available to communities considering wind power projects, help developers find the most appropriate locations for their projects, and propose state goals for wind power for 2010 and 2020.

"We want to make sure that we're rolling out the red carpet for progress, particularly on wind power. But we also want to make sure we're doing it in a way that's sensitive to the neighbors of any project," Baldacci said.

The governor will appoint 16 members to the task force. The president of the senate and the speaker of the house may appoint two members each. Supporting staff will be provided by the Land Use Regulation Commission, the State Planning Office, the Department of Environmental Protection, and other state agencies as needed.

For more information, see the governor's May 8 press release, which includes text of the executive order.

Source: May 11 article in Wind Energy Weekly

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