Maine Proposes New Rules for Wind Energy Development
An article authored by Juliet Browne entitled "Maine Proposes New Rules for Wind Energy Development" was published by North American Windpower on November 16, 2017. In the article, Juliet discusses the issuance of draft rules for wind energy development under the Wind Energy Act by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The article examines how the draft rules codify existing DEP practice. However, the article also explores the significant ways the draft rules deviate from current practice. For example, according to the new rules, applicants are now required to provide evidence of a power purchase agreement (PPA) or other evidence demonstrating the intended sale of the project's output to a third party. Previously, the DEP has generally not valued the economics of wind projects. Juliet's article also examines how the new draft rules requirement for evidence of a project's impact on electrical rates will affect Maine's wind energy developers.