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Governor Receives Wind Power Task Force Report

Governor John E. Baldacci today received the final report of the Wind Power Task Force. The Governor created the task force by Executive Order last May and charged the group with reviewing the regulations that affect the development of wind power projects and recommend any changes that would assure that Maine has a balanced, efficient and appropriate regulatory framework for evaluating proposed projects. ..."Maine's natural resources are second to none," said the Governor. "There is tremendous potential for Maine to become a leader in clean, renewable energy - wind, wood and new technologies like tidal power are just a few."

Governor John E. Baldacci today received the final report of the Wind Power Task Force. The Governor created the task force by Executive Order last May and charged the group with reviewing the regulations that affect the development of wind power projects and recommend any changes that would assure that Maine has a balanced, efficient and appropriate regulatory framework for evaluating proposed projects.

The Governor thanked the members for their thorough review and commitment to reaching a consensus on the controversial issue of wind power development and siting. "You represent diverse interests and you worked diligently to produce this extraordinary consensus document. The title of your report: ‘Finding Common Ground - for a Common Purpose' recognizes the unique achievement of this report," said Governor Baldacci.

The Baldacci Administration has been committed to reducing Maine's dependence on fossil fuel and doing so in a way that is environmentally sound.

"Maine's natural resources are second to none," said the Governor. "There is tremendous potential for Maine to become a leader in clean, renewable energy - wind, wood and new technologies like tidal... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Governor John E. Baldacci today received the final report of the Wind Power Task Force. The Governor created the task force by Executive Order last May and charged the group with reviewing the regulations that affect the development of wind power projects and recommend any changes that would assure that Maine has a balanced, efficient and appropriate regulatory framework for evaluating proposed projects.

The Governor thanked the members for their thorough review and commitment to reaching a consensus on the controversial issue of wind power development and siting. "You represent diverse interests and you worked diligently to produce this extraordinary consensus document. The title of your report: ‘Finding Common Ground - for a Common Purpose' recognizes the unique achievement of this report," said Governor Baldacci.

The Baldacci Administration has been committed to reducing Maine's dependence on fossil fuel and doing so in a way that is environmentally sound.

"Maine's natural resources are second to none," said the Governor. "There is tremendous potential for Maine to become a leader in clean, renewable energy - wind, wood and new technologies like tidal power are just a few."

"We recognize, though, that there are barriers that must be addressed so we can move forward - and we want to move forward in terms of environmental protection, energy security, protecting Maine's quality of place and economic growth," said Governor Baldacci.

The report produced for the Governor includes specific recommendations for improving the permitting process that will be more predictable for everyone involved.

"I am also pleased to see the level of wind power development endorsed by this report, which would involve billions of dollars of capital investment in Maine," said the Governor. "This kind of investment would create jobs and increase tax revenues."

The Governor announced his intention to move quickly to incorporate the Task Force's suggestions into a Governor's bill for consideration in this legislative session.

For more information on the Wind Power Task Force and their report, please go to http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/windpower


Source: http://www.maine.gov/tools/...

FEB 14 2008
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