Maine wants state to approve wind power projects, reduce local NIMBY delays

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By Jay Vincent

Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group

The Bangor Daily News is backing steps by the state of Maine to shift the permitting process for wind projects from local to state level.

wind-protestI’ve been waiting for this. In fact, I’m very surprised that it’s taken this long for states that are significantly invested in renewable energy to begin drawing up rules and regulations that help overcome the most significant barrier to implementing those renewables projects: NIMBY.

In fact, I’ve wondered why, during a time of unprecedented political support for renewable energy policy at the federal and state level, states have not considered tying uniform siting guidelines and decision-making to renewable portfolio standard policy. The initial reaction of course to limiting due process at the local level is that such efforts would be DOA. However, this growing energy debate is fast heading for a battle of competing public goods, local authority over local impacts or broad-based energy policy.

Jay Vincent is senior vice president for energy, The Saint Consulting Group, email, phone 312.970.5770 Ext: 7502

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