Wind Energy Act (Maine)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Maine

Applies to States or Provinces Maine
Name Wind Energy Act (Maine)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting, Solar/Wind Access Policy
Affected Technologies Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Department of Environmental Protection
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Maine Wind Energy Act is a summary of legislative findings that indicate the state's strong interest in promoting the development of wind energy and establish the state's desire to ease the regulatory process for siting wind developments. The Act provides for the monitoring of Maine's electricity markets that are accessible to wind installations, allows for regulatory and other legal action to protect access to markets by wind power facilities located in the State, and allows a person to be certified as a community wind power generator, thereby potentially supporting the construction of a community wind facility. The Act also sets State goals for wind energy development: at least 2,000 megawatts of installed capacity by 2015; at least 3,000 megawatts by 2020, including at least 300 megawatts of offshore wind; and at least 8,000 megawatts by 2030, with at least 5,000 megawatts of offshore wind. The Act also provides agency guidance for following proper protocol to follow in assessing the potential visual impacts of wind turbines on the Maine landscape.

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Authority 1: 35-A M.R.S.A. 3401-3404
Date Enacted 2003