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Maine Gov. Pushes Back Against Wind Energy Bill
02/19/2014 09:56 AM ET  

Democratic Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland, who is sponsoring the measure, says it will ensure wind energy regulators are playing by the rules.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine lawmakers are examining a bill that supporters say will create transparency and consistency in the deliberation process for wind energy project proposals in the state.

Democratic Senate President Justin Alfond of Portland, who is sponsoring the measure, says it will ensure wind energy regulators are playing by the rules and aren't using criteria not written in law to unfairly reject a wind energy proposal.

But Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration says the measure would prevent the Department of Environmental Protection from doing things like holding multiple public hearings on projects, as they've been doing through department policy, which allows communities to have a say.

The bill was considered Tuesday by the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. It is expected to vote on the bill in the coming weeks.




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