Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Paul LePage was also urging lawmakers to take action on the energy front this year.
LePage again took aim at Maine’s wind energy industry, saying the growing production of wind power in the Pine Tree State was doing little to lower ratepayer costs, noting energy prices increased significantly in 2013.
“Our energy prices are becoming more expensive for businesses competing across the world, and the Maine people are spending more of their disposable income on energy,” LePage wrote in a message to the Legislature. “Maine’s energy policy has been focused on streamlining wind development that is almost completely contracted with southern New England states. This is not helping Maine lower electricity prices or assisting Mainers with their high heating costs.”