The EUT Committee knows that the Wind Energy Act is flawed. That is one of the main reasons why they decided last June to hold these work sessions. The Maine Wind Energy Development Assessment Report, commissioned by the 125th Legislature, lists 25 recommendations for changes to this law. There is no practical way to 'fix' the WEA when the problems are so many and so diverse but the EUT Committee has an opportunity to address a few of them. The Committee cannot continue to kick the can down the road. Legislators should vote a unanimous 'ought to pass' on LD616, LD1323 and LD1147.
It's unfortunate that so many reporters in Maine media do so little homework about the facts-- relying instead on political or idealogical partisanship and rhetoric.
Mr. Rooks can do better than this.
And as a respected reporter, he should.
The real facts are out there, if only one cares enough to look for them.
Lexington Twp., Maine
The editor's note isn't accurate, either. And once again, the inaccuracy is in bolder print than the facts.
The passage of LD616 would not have removed those communities from the EPA. Passage of LD616's Majority Report would have established a mechanism for those communities to apply for removal, once LURC adopted rules governing removal of specific areas from the EPA.
The language of the bill can be found here: