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Resources for Maine

11 link(s).

Maine Public Utilities Commission

Date: 8/9/2011

Location: ME

This information was last updated on August 09, 2011

Maine State Energy Program

Date: 8/9/2011

Location: ME

This information was last updated on August 09, 2011

Provides information on energy efficiency and renewable energy, technical assistance, and appropriate referrals to Maine businesses and homeowners.

Energy Resources Council

Date: 8/9/2011

Location: ME

This information was last updated on August 09, 2011

The Energy Resources Council is a Cabinet-level council established by the Maine Legislature in 2002 to facilitate more effective interagency coordination of state activities related to energy.

Maine Ocean Energy Task Force

Date: 6/25/2009

Location: ME

This information was last updated on June 25, 2009

By Executive Order, Maine Governor John Baldacci established the Ocean Energy Task Force. The Task Force, a 21-member panel, has been charged with studying strategies for ocean-based wind, tidal and wave energy development. That group has also been directed to update the state's information on offshore oil and gas resources and technology. Interim findings (PDF 79 KB) Download Adobe Reader were due to the Governor by April 1, 2009, and the final report is due on October 31, 2009. Governor Baldacci has stated that the newly established task force will augment the actions he's taken to pursue a long-term energy policy for the state of Maine.

The interim report states that the Task Force has developed a work plan with subcommittees and has met regularly since it was created in November 2008. The Taskforce has recommended that legislation be drafted to create state General Permits to facilitate ocean energy research and demonstration projects. Such legislation is recommended to include the following provisions:

  • A streamlined 60-day Department of Environmental Protection permitting process for offshore wind energy demonstration projects that are located in up to five specific areas in Maine's coastal waters, to be identified based on consideration of potential impacts on natural resources and existing uses, community support, and other factors;
  • The Department of Conservation and State Planning Office, in consultation with the Departments of Marine Resources and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and other state agencies directed to implement a public outreach process to inform identification of these offshore areas, one of which, termed the Maine Offshore Wind Energy Research Center, would be for wind energy demonstration projects conducted by or in cooperation with wind energy technology researchers at the University of Maine;
  • A streamlined Department of Environmental Protection general permit for tidal power projects eligible for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pilot project; and
  • A streamlined permitting process on state submerged lands for a wind power or tidal power demonstration project that receives a general permit as provided under the bill.

For more information on the Taskforce please refer to the March 25, 2009 Environmental Business Council Presentation on Offshore Wind by Donald Perkins, co-chair of the Taskforce (PDF 2.8 MB) Download Adobe Reader.

Governor's Wind Task Force

Date: 6/25/2009

Location: ME

This information was last updated on June 25, 2009

By Executive Order signed May 8, 2007, Maine Governor John Baldacci established a Wind Power Task Force whose objectives include making Maine a leader in wind power development; protecting Maine's quality of place and natural resources; and, maximizing the tangible benefits Maine people receive from wind power development. The Task Force was charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Examine the regulatory processes, review criteria, and financing options currently applicable to wind power projects proposed in Maine;
  • Identify potential barriers to wind power development in Maine; and
  • Recommend changes to state policies, regulatory requirements, and financial incentives to facilitate siting wind power projects in Maine in a manner that generates the benefits of this indigenous, renewable energy resource for Maine people without undue adverse effects on other natural resources values and uses.

The Task Force met from July 2007 until January 2008. The Final report was issued in February 2008 with the following findings and recommendations (adapted from the NRCM Wind Power Task Force Summary (PDF 119 KB) Download Adobe Reader):

  • Maine should seek to host at least 2000 MW of installed wind power capacity by 2015, and at least 3,000 MW by 2020;
  • Expedited Permitting areas were identified where streamlined permitted procedures should apply to promote the development of wind power. Approximately one-third of Land Use Regulation Commission jurisdiction is proposed to be included in the Expedited Permitting Areas, and about two-thirds (approximately 14 million acres) of the entire state;
  • The two regulatory approaches between Department of Environmental Protection and Land Use Regulation Commission needs to be made consistent for wind power projects;
  • The Land Use Regulation Commission should adopt Department of Environmental Protection's standards for the review of bird and bat impacts, noise, shadow flicker, and impacts on scenic resources of state and national significance. Additionally, the Task Force has endorsed guidelines for assessing potential related impacts on birds, bat, etc;
  • Small- and community-scale wind power projects should be facilitated through development of a model municipal ordinance;
  • Offshore wind power projects are economically viable in the near term, but Maine should actively work to understand the potential for offshore projects and be in a position to promote such projects as the technology and economics allow in the future;
  • The Office of Energy Independence and Security should track, on an annual basis, the progress toward meeting Maine’s wind power development goals.

Independent Energy Producers of Maine

Location: ME

This information was last updated on August 09, 2011

The Independent Energy Producers of Maine (IEPM) is a not-for-profit association of renewable power producers, suppliers of goods and services to those producers, and other supporters of this industry. IEPM power producer members generate electricity in a sustainable manner from hydro, biomass, wind, and waste to energy. Located in Augusta, Maine, the IEPM represents the renewable power industry at the State Legislature and before the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Maine Incentives and Policies for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE Database)

Location: ME

This information was last updated on November 02, 2011

The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine

Location: ME

This information was last updated on August 04, 2011

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is working to promote policies and initiatives that will improve Maine's air quality and reduce global warming pollution throughout the state and region. Its work is focused on advocating for cleaner cars and trucks, increased clean and renewable energy generation, and greater energy efficiency statewide.

Maine Green Power Connection

Location: ME

This information was last updated on August 04, 2011

The Maine Green Power Connection helps you understand and buy green power in Maine.

Maine Land Use Regulation Commission

Location: ME

This information was last updated on August 04, 2011

Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Location: ME

This information was last updated on August 04, 2011

Prevents, abates, and controls the pollution of the air, water and land. The charge is to preserve, improve and prevent diminution of the natural environment of the State. The Department is also directed to protect and enhance the public's right to use and enjoy the State's natural resources. The Department administers programs, educates and makes regulatory decisions that contribute to the achievement of this mission.