LePage says fast-tracked wind permitting should be repealed
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Republican governor says his secretive Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission will move on despite recent departures.
Gov. Paul LePage told The Associated Press Tuesday that he thinks Maine’s fast-tracked wind permitting law should be repealed. He said he hopes his wind commission will hold a meeting.
A LePage executive order in January said his administration was putting a hold on new wind energy projects in western and coastal Maine. But his administration later told a judge that it was ignoring LePage’s order.
LePage also created a commission exempt from public records law charged with issuing a report on wind projects’ impacts. The Portland Press Herald reports that a critic of wind turbines is the commission’s third member to depart.
Maine generates more wind power than New England states combined.