PUC Chairman Tom Welch is set to retire Wednesday and Commissioner David Littell’s term expires in March. Those two commissioners voted to approve the First Wind-Emera partnership, while Commissioner Mark Vannoy dissented, arguing the PUC did not follow the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s guidance in approving the deal a second time.
Vannoy’s term on the commission expires in March 2019. Gov. Paul LePage — who has criticized wind development as a costly alternative to other energy sources, specifically natural gas and hydropower — will soon nominate a successor to Welch and will likely replace Littell when his term expires.