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LePage wants wind energy goals out of Maine law
Bangor Daily News

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 intention of our wind energy act was not only to increase wind energy, but to lower electricity costs,” Woodcock said. Rather than setting energy capacity goals, he said, “I believe we should have longer-term goals for electricity prices and for employment in the industry.”

LePage has long been critical of state laws he sees as favoring wind energy development and he has blamed wind energy for inflating Maine’s energy prices. However, LePage hopes to use the Maine Wind Energy Act as a model for a plan to fast-track the expansion of natural gas infrastructure in the state.

Woodcock said Thursday the Wind Energy Act needs a comprehensive review so it’s oriented toward ultimately lowering Maine’s electricity costs and fostering new energy-generation industries within the state.

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