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Credit:  Friends of the Highland Mountains | highlandmts.org ~~

A number of bills addressing known problems with wind power development in Maine have been proposed to the 126th Maine Legislature. Maine’s current wind power policy and siting standards were rushed through the legislature, out of the view of Mainers, in emergency legislation written by a task force heavily influenced by the wind industry.

In 2011, the 125th Legislature directed the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security (OEIS; now the Governor’s Energy Office) to commission an assessment of Maine’s current wind power policy, laws and process. Their report and subsequent report from the OEIS showed considerable room for improvement. Click here to see the results of this work.

Below is a list of bills that have been printed and are out of the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. As others become available from the Revisor, the list will be updated.

Also, included below are various links to information that will help YOU to participate in the legislative process to help ensure that Maine’s wind development policies are amended to protect its people and its assets. Please participate.

Bills (New bills will be posted as they become available.)

LD 247  An Act To Amend the Law Governing Appeals of Final Agency Action on Applications Concerning Wind Energy Development      Bill text only

LD 385 An Act To Improve Wind Energy Development Permitting     Bill text only

LD 616  An Act to Amend the Expedited Permitting Area for Wind Energy Development under the Jurisdiction of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission    Bill text only

LD 1147 An Act To Protect Maine’s Scenic Character     Bill text only

LD 1323 An Act Regarding Wind Power Siting in the Unorganized Territory     Bill text only

LD 1325 Resolve, To Place a Temporary Suspension on Permitting of Certain Expedited Grid-scale Wind Energy Developments     Bill text only

LD 1375 An Act to Enhance Maine’s Economy and Environment     Bill text only

LD 1434 An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing Noise from Wind Turbines     Bill text only

 

Materials and Information to Help You Participate

The materials and links below are provided to make it easier for you to track bills, keep up with public hearing dates and prepare to participate in the legislative process. Your participation is critical to the success of bills that have the ability to protect Maine and Mainers from the state’s hastily written and enacted wind policy.  The legislators who’ve committed themselves to this legislation need your support, as well.  It will take all of us to make this effort successful.

TUTORIAL VIDEO  Bill Tracking

Directory of Bills for the 126th Legislature

Bill Tracking and Text Search

Schedule of Public Hearings and Work Sessions by Committee

How a Bill Becomes a Law in Maine

A Guide to Participating in Public Hearings

Directions and Map to State House Parking

Contact Information

ENERGY, UTILITIES and TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

ENVIRONMENT and NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Click here to find your Maine legislators listed by town.

Click here to find your Maine legislators listed in alphabetical order.

Click here to find your Maine Representative by House district.

Click here to find your Maine Senator by Senate district.

Please report any bad  email addresses or phone numbers for senators or representatives to highlandmts@gmail.com

Source:  Friends of the Highland Mountains | highlandmts.org

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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