Gov. Paul LePage wants to strip from state law goals for increasing the state’s wind energy capacity over the next two decades.
LePage’s energy director, Patrick Woodcock, made recommendations Thursday to rewrite the state’s 2008 Wind Energy Act, shifting focus from growing wind energy capacity to lowering electricity costs and making sure Maine sees an economic return on its wind energy investments.
The Maine Wind Energy Act, a priority of LePage’s predecessor, Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, sought to expedite wind energy development in Maine. The law zoned much of Maine’s Unorganized Territory as suitable for wind development and set goals for the state to have 2,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity by 2015, 3,000 by 2020 and 8,000 by 2030.
LePage wants wind energy goals out of Maine law — State — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine
Has wind energy lived up to its toted potential? My understanding is the costs actually are greater and provide little of the energy it was supposed to replace. States are finding that wind energy is an expensive proposition that fails to pan out in saving or real improvement in the environment.
Wind mills take up a lot of acreage and sit idle or reguire maintenance which soaks up revenues. Here and abroad the findings are that these edifices of “green power” have to be supplemented with more conventional methods of power acquisition. Some countries are rethinking their energy use.