Following months of analysis and study, the Task Force on Wind Power Development in Maine has unanimously approved this report concluding that each of the goals established by Governor Baldacci can be achieved: Maine can become a leader in wind power development, while protecting Maine's quality of place and natural resources, and delivering meaningful benefits to our economy, environment, and Maine people. Achieving all three of these goals
simultaneously, however, will require careful planning and balanced decision-making.
Maine has a significant wind resource that can be tapped to provide clean, indigenous renewable power that will not produce greenhouse gas emissions or other air pollution, and that will increase the reliability of the region's electricity supply. After a detailed review of Maine's wind resource, regional and projected markets for clean power, technology trends, and Maine's
greenhouse gas emission goals and policy commitments, the Task Force concludes that Maine
should seek to host at least 2,000 megawatts (MW) of installed wind power capacity by 2015,
and at least 3,000 MW by 2020. The Task Force believes that at least 300 MW of the 2020 goal could be achieved with projects built offshore.
This information was last updated on 2/14/2008