As state senators for Aroostook County, we plan to usher in a new era of renewable energy investment in our state. And that means talking with our neighbors in other New England states about the benefits of siting projects in Maine to help them reach their renewable energy goals, while at the same time inviting investment that helps us with property tax relief, jobs, and energy security.
One potential partner is due south, in Rhode Island. In 2017, R.I. Governor Gina M. Raimondo set an ambitious goal to increase the amount of clean energy serving Rhode Island to 1,000 megawatts (MW) by the end of 2020. Now, the state has taken its first major step toward reaching that goal by issuing a request for proposals for 400 MW of renewable energy from a broad portfolio of resources, including onshore and offshore wind and solar, generated either in-state or imported from another state. We want Maine to be a partner in reaching that goal.
The commitment Rhode Island is making to renewable energy is laudable, and Maine’s new legislature and state government are ready to support it......................................The state has an opportunity to get affordable, sustainable renewable energy from the Number Nine Wind Farm in Maine. Located in Aroostook County, our home county, the largest and northernmost in New England, the Number Nine Wind Farm would generate 250 MW of clean, renewable power— enough energy to power approximately 109,000 average Rhode Island homes with clean electricity each year................................
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