Maine Sets Goal of 5,000 MW of Offshore Wind Power by 2030

April 30, 2010

Maine has established a 2030 goal of having 8,000 megawatts (MW) of installed wind energy capacity, including 5,000 MW of offshore wind power. The new Maine law, which took effect on April 7, is based on recommendations of the Governor's Ocean Energy Task Force. It outlines new regulation to support renewable energy, including wind and hydrokinetic power, while helping state customers transition from fossil fuels to electric power.

The measure also established Maine's Renewable Ocean Energy Trust, which will use a percentage of money from offshore leases to fund marine research designed to protect the coastal waters. Another provision of the law sets a January 15, 2011, deadline for various state agencies to develop a program to provide incentives for business and residential power users to convert from fossil-fuel powered systems to electric systems. See the Maine law (PDF 125 KB). Download Adobe Reader.