New land-based wind development in the region has slowed, challenged in part by uncertainty over transmission line connections and competition between state clean-energy mandates. The real action is happening offshore, where Northeast states are cutting deals for giant wind farms.
In Maine, specifically, new wind development has largely stalled, held back in part by political opposition and technical challenges.............................. In northern and eastern Maine, a lack of new transmission capacity is keeping potential projects from connecting to the regional electric grid and attracting new clean-power contracts in southern New England.
At the same time, LePage has ratcheted up his opposition to wind power. In January, LePage announced a ban on new wind farms in most of the state, citing potential negative impacts on tourism. He also set up an unidentified study commission to meet privately to make recommendations......................LePage’s term as governor ends this winter. Clean-energy advocates now are trying to assess how wind-friendly the four major candidates vying to replace him might be, to gauge the political landscape after November’s election.
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