Welcome mat not fully out, Northeast Wind Summit comes to Maine
Although U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine gave opening remarks by video, no state officials turned out...
Engineering firms, environmental consultants and other services help support wind power development, he said, and are represented at the summit. One example is the Portland-based Bernstein Shur law firm, which boasts 20 lawyers and other professionals on its “wind energy team,” which works on issues ranging from environmental permitting to power-purchase agreements.
But Williamson, of the ocean and wind trade group, noted that more than half of New England’s electricity now is generated by natural gas, and utilities that want to balance that dependence with other sources are putting more wind into the mix. Power-purchase agreements for Maine projects that will send electricity to Massachusetts and Connecticut confirm the trend, he said, even if Maine’s current governor doesn’t embrace it.
“Governors come and governors go, but the market demands are still here,” Williamson said.
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