Governor Janet Mills, D-Maine, has signed an Executive Order to end a moratorium on wind-turbine permits. This order clarifies that state agencies with the legal authority to issue permits can once again do their work with Maine’s local communities and stakeholders to determine which wind projects should go forward.
“It is time for Maine to send a positive signal to renewable energy investors and innovators – we welcome you,” said Gov. Mills.
In January 2018, then-Governor Paul LePage, had announced a moratorium on the issuance of new wind project permits, citing negative effects on tourism in the state,
“This Executive Order will allow our state to conduct a transparent vetting of all wind projects, onshore and offshore, to ensure they respect Maine communities and our environment while helping to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels,” added Mills. “Today, we another take a step towards embracing a clean energy future for Maine.”