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Maine Approves Community Wind Legislation

June 5, 2009 - 10:04am -- Anonymous

Yesterday the Maine legislature passed LD 1075 An Act to Promote Community-based Energy. Governor Baldacci has expressed tremendous support for this program and will most likely approve the legislation.

The program has a sunset date of December 31, 2015 and includes some innovative approaches to supporting local ownership of wind energy development. Here is a brief summary of the major points in the legislation:

Why can’t we own it ourselves?

May 27, 2009 - 3:54pm -- Anonymous

“Why can’t we own it ourselves?” is the question that Randy Joseph asked five years ago as he pondered Oregon's commercial wind farms with hundreds of megawatts of electric power capacity. Now that Oregon has well over a thousand megawatts of commercial wind power, Joseph is reviewing construction bids for his own 3 MW Lime Wind Energy Project

And now time to learn about the electricity grid

May 20, 2009 - 10:02am -- Anonymous

National Public Radio recently completed a 13-piece story on the American electric grid. I must admit that I haven't made it through all 13 pieces, but have found it fascinating regardless. There are interactive maps, photos, as well as the audio history and interviews that help listeners understand this critical, yet complicated, piece to a successful renewable energy industry.

Power Hungry: Reinventing the U.S. Electric Grid

House Floor wrap-up of Energy Omnibus Bill

April 30, 2009 - 1:17pm -- Anonymous

Today (4/30/09) the Minnesota House of Representatives debated Senate File 550, the energy omnibus bill. A number of amendments were introduced and a good amount of time was spent debating provisions of the bill that affect landowners and C-BED projects.

To read the text of the bill and the house research summaries, visit the House of Representatives website.

Wind Energy Production Tax Should Benefit Communities

April 27, 2009 - 4:36pm -- Anonymous

“Local communities and counties and school districts aren't getting the benefit that we are entitled too,” explains David Benson in a recent newspaper article regarding problems with the wind energy production tax in Minnesota. Benson is a Nobles County commissioner, legislative chairman for the Southwest Regional Development Commission, and on the Windusty board of directors.