Maine Governor's Task Force Recommends Lots More Wind Energy

February 18, 2008

Maine Governor John Baldacci welcomed recommendations of a task force that the state install up to 3,000 megawatts of wind energy by 2020. The task force also recommends that the state streamline its regulatory review process for wind energy projects. The governor said he would move quickly to implement the recommendations of the report by introducing new legislation in the coming weeks.

Baldacci said he was very comfortable with the targets for wind installations and said they would require billions of dollars of capital investment in the state. "Maine’s natural resources are second to none,” said the Governor. He reiterated the potential for Maine to become a leader in electric power generation from renewable energy.

Baldacci formed the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development by an executive order in 2007. The bipartisan task force consisted of 16 members representing the wind industry, environmental organizations, state agencies, and legislators. The goal of the task force was to lay out a road map on where wind farms should be encouraged and how they should be regulated. Maine leads New England in wind power generation but ranks 24th nationwide, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

Find a map of wind energy developments in Maine published by the task force (PDF 397 KB).

See the governor's February 14 press release.