Baldacci Invokes Renewables In Maine Recovery

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Maine's developing renewable energy sector and pursuit of energy efficiency goals will aid in its recovery, according to Gov. John E. Baldacci, D-Maine., who stressed renewable energy during his annual State of the State address.

At 174.7 MW of installed wind capacity, Maine leads New England in wind power generation, and with federal grants and partnerships from the private sector, exciting new opportunities exist to harness deep-sea wind energy. Baldcacci announced that he will submit legislation based on his Ocean Energy Task Force report to put increased emphasis on the technologies that will enable Maine to aggressively produce offshore wind by 2030 and create new jobs.

Like many states, Maine's economy has seen brighter days. Baldacci introduced his supplemental budget in December 2009 to close a $438 million shortfall by continuing to streamline government administration, finding additional efficiencies and reducing spending. Baldacci said that because working families and businesses cannot afford any tax increases, he continues to oppose raising taxes to balance the budget.

‘Despite the difficulties we face, the hard choices and hard work ahead, the next chapter in Maine's history will be one of resurgence, growth and opportunity,’ Baldacci said in his speech. ‘The choices we make will help to determine which way Maine goes.’

SOURCE: Office of Governor Baldacci

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