We can only hope that as Mainers become more and more familiar with the shortcomings of intermittent wind power generation and the environmental degradation that results, they will look at future development proposals with an ever more critical eye.
Some lawmakers speculate Governor LePage will take steps to tilt the state from its pursuit of wind power
— It’s about time for a detailed energy policy. LePage has been saying for years that the answer to Maine’s energy problems — and boosting the economy — is by bringing more natural gas to the state. He proposes piping more natural gas from new reserves in Pennsylvania; but that’s a regional plan, not a state one. And while a steady supply of natural gas would help big industries, it is unlikely to do much for private homes. Some lawmakers speculate LePage will take steps to tilt the state from its pursuit of renewable energy — wind power, namely. He also might renew efforts to lift the 100-megawatt cap on hydropower as it exists in Maine’s renewable energy portfolio, even though that proposal failed last year amid bipartisan opposition.
DIXFIELD — The Board of Selectmen voted Monday evening to extend the moratorium on wind energy projects for another six months, Town Manager Carlo Puiia said Wednesday.
"Make no mistake: We will defend against any attempts to weaken or dismantle past progress," said Maureen Drouin, executive director of the Maine Conservation Alliance.
The solar measure would remove the cap on the number of people who can co-own a project, which is a barrier for people who want to make such investments, said Dylan Voorhees, clean energy and global warming project director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine. It would also provide renewable energy credits to reduce projects' costs.