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LePage says fast-tracked wind permitting should be repealed

September 26, 2018 GMT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Republican governor says his secretive Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission will move on despite recent departures.

Gov. Paul LePage told The Associated Press Tuesday that he thinks Maine’s fast-tracked wind permitting law should be repealed. He said he hopes his wind commission will hold a meeting.

A LePage executive order in January said his administration was putting a hold on new wind energy projects in western and coastal Maine. But his administration later told a judge that it was ignoring LePage’s order.


LePage also created a commission exempt from public records law charged with issuing a report on wind projects’ impacts. The Portland Press Herald reports that a critic of wind turbines is the commission’s third member to depart.

Maine generates more wind power than New England states combined.