Candidates open to LNG site, support wind-power development
On wind power proposals, Baldacci sidestepped taking a position on any particular project, saying only that he has proposed increasing renewable energy supply by 10 percent by 2017 and "development of wind energy facilities in Maine holds much promise."
One wind project, in Mars Hill, is already under construction. State regulators are considering plans for another, the 90-megawatt Redington Wind Farm, near Sugarloaf Mountain, a project critics see as a blight on western Maine's mountain vistas. Others are being proposed.
July 30, 2006
by Glenn Adams, Associated Press
in Boston Globe
AUGUSTA, Maine --Most candidates for governor are open to having a liquefied natural gas facility Down East if it clears regulatory hurdles. They also see development of wind power as a big plus in Maine's energy mix.
But most also express deep reservations about offshore drilling for oil and gas, which will be allowed if Congress lifts a moratorium on the practice.
In a survey of the candidates by The Associated Press, the candidates also voiced support for a range of alternative forms of energy.
"To promote renewable power generation, Maine should focus on small-scale projects located at or near... [continue via Web link]