Maine Wind Assessment 2012, A Report
In early 2012, independent consultants submitted to the Office of Energy Independence and Security (OEIS; now the Governor’s Energy Office), Maine Wind Assessment 2012, A Report. The study and report were mandated by the 125th Legislature in response to a number of citizen-originated bills that sought to amend Maine’s current statutory approach to wind energy permitting. The consultants reported:
- “There doubtless are many reasonable adjustments to the 2008 Act that the Legislature could make…”
- “… we do think that it is desirable to engage in discussions that reconsider the appropriateness and value of key aspects of the 2008 Wind Energy Act.”
- “The benefit of a public process for moving forward with new wind siting criteria is that it could confer an element of legitimacy that, to date, the expedited permitting process seemingly has lacked.”
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