....................Mills’ order means that state agencies with the “legal authority to issue permits can once again do their work with Maine’s local communities and stakeholders to determine which projects should go forward,” according to a Friday prepared statement.
Groups with legal authority include the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the state’s Land Use Planning Commission and the Public Utilities Commission.
Her order will allow the state to “conduct a transparent vetting of all wind projects, onshore and offshore, to ensure they respect Maine communities and our environment while helping to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.”
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PPH - Mills signs executive order reversing LePage moratorium on wind energy
Voorhees said action on solar energy reforms, rejected by LePage, was also in the works. “Passage of the bill to repeal the anti-solar gross metering tax, which was just voted out of legislative committee this week, would be another positive step forward in regaining our energy independence by moving forward with home-grown clean energy projects,” Voorhees said in a statement issued by NRCM Friday.
IPSWICH — After sustaining damage from a fire last fall, the town’s second wind turbine is set to sit idle for the foreseeable future.
Or it may be taken down by the operator, town manager Tony Marino told the select board this week.
But the board also got unwelcome news when Marino told them the project was never bonded. This is a type of insurance developers take out to prevent municipalities paying for work associated with private projects.
P.S. - why is it that none of Maine's major newspapers have ever reported on the fire that destroyed the University of Maine's onshore wind turbine? April 1, 2019 is the one year anniversary of the fire and there has been complete silence. Why is that?