Meeting Land-based wind goals not likely, say two state studies
"In order to meet the 2015 goal, at least 552 new turbines will have to be permitted and become operational by 2012, and - depending on the size of the turbines - potentially as many as 1,103 turbines will be needed," Ward's report states.
April 3, 2012
by John Christie and Naomi Schalit
AUGUSTA - Maine will not be able to accomplish the state-mandated goals of building 2,000 megawatts of wind power on land by 2015.
That's one conclusion of two studies issued this week by the Governor's energy office and an independent group of researchers.
The studies also urged reconsideration of the landmark 2008 law that allowed wind turbines to be built in ecologically and scenically important areas of the state.
"No one imagines that we'll be meeting the goal at 2015," said Stephen Ward, co-author of "Maine Wind Assessment 2012."
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