Wind Energy – Legislation Maine
Governor Janet Mills of Maine in de USA yesterday signed into law LD 1895, legislation to advance offshore wind in Maine by procuring up to 3,000 MW of offshore wind energy, allowing for critical port development, creating opportunities for all Maine workers and businesses in the emerging offshore wind industry, and protecting critical lobstering areas from development.
This legislation marks a major milestone in Maine’s efforts to pursue and benefit from offshore wind’s potential to create good-paying jobs, generate substantial economic activity, stabilize energy costs by reducing reliance on electricity generated by fossil fuels, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on Maine’s people and environment.
The amended bill, sponsored by Senator Mark Lawrence, D-York, is the result of collaboration by legislators, key stakeholders, and the Governor’s Office to help position Maine as a leader in offshore wind, especially innovative floating wind technology designed for deep Federal waters in the Gulf of Maine.
“Offshore wind, done responsibly, offers Maine the opportunity to secure abundant clean energy, stable energy prices, good-paying jobs, and a healthier environment for future generations,” said Governor Janet Mills. “I thank the legislators and stakeholders who, through collaboration and compromise, have positioned Maine to pursue offshore wind in a manner that puts all Maine workers and businesses on a level playing field, invites investments in critical port infrastructure, and importantly, respects those who rely on the ocean for their livelihoods. I am pleased with of the outcome of this legislation and proud to sign it into law.”
“To combat climate change and invest in Maine’s energy independence, our state has set ambitious goals for renewable energy. It’s clear that this effort will involve offshore wind energy projects. We need to have guardrails in place to make sure this is done right and truly benefits Mainers. This bill will mean jobs, lower and more stable energy prices while combating climate change at the same time,” said Senator Mark Lawrence. “I’m grateful to my fellow legislators for supporting this bill. LD 1895 represents a detailed path to smart offshore wind development.”
“Maine is well positioned to be a leader in renewable energy and offshore wind. This bill will make sure that Maine’s workers, ratepayers, and economy get the best benefit possible,” said Senator Chip Curry.