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State House calendar, May 9, 2013  

Credit:  Staff Reports | Kennebec Journal | 8 May 2013 | www.kjonline.com ~~

Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee; public hearings; room 211; Cross Building

L.D. 1061, “An Act To Regulate Meteorological Data-gathering Towers in Maine”: requires applicants for wind energy permits to submit to the permitting municipality, the Maine Land Use Planning Commission or the Department of Environmental Protection a detailed summary of the data from each meteorological tower the applicant used in evaluating the suitability of a site for a wind energy development.

L.D. 1325, “Resolve, To Place a Temporary Suspension on Permitting of Certain Expedited Grid-scale Wind Energy Developments”: emergency bill, resolve establishes a temporary suspension on the expedited permitting of specified grid-scale wind energy developments and establishes the Panel to Review the Permitting of Expedited Wind Energy Development to review the recommendations of the report issued in March 2012 by the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security.

L.D. 1375, “An Act To Enhance Maine’s Economy and Environment”: repeals the Public Utilities Commission’s authority to direct electric transmission and distribution utilities to enter into long-term contracts; establishes a property value guarantee program to ensure that a landowner whose real property is located within 8 miles of the base of a wind turbine is compensated for any reduction in property value resulting from the proximity of the wind turbine; requires sellers of residential real property to disclose to the purchasers whether the property to be sold is located within the state’s expedited wind energy development permitting area; and provides a compensation provision for landowners whose property values have diminished due to the location of wind turbines permitted before the effective date of the new program.

L.D. 1434, “An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing Noise from Wind Turbines”: requires unregulated wind energy developments that buy and sell electricity to meet the same sound level standards of regulated wind energy developments.

L.D. 1471, “An Act Authorizing the Board of Environmental Protection To Modify a License for a Wind Energy Development”: ensures that reductions in the sound level limits adopted by rule by the Department of Environmental Protection for the routine operation of wind energy developments are applied to previously approved wind energy developments.

L.D. 1472, “An Act To Provide for Economic Development with Offshore Wind Power”: adds offshore wind energy developments and associated manufacturing as a targeted technology for support from the Maine Technology Institute and as an eligible project to receive financial assistance from the Finance Authority of Maine.

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Source:  Staff Reports | Kennebec Journal | 8 May 2013 | www.kjonline.com

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