The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP) recently released a pre-rulemaking draft that pertains to the Wind Energy Act, addressing some standards that have not been previously addressed in existing rules.
Pursuant to the rulemaking authority given to the ME DEP in Public Law 2007, Chapter 661, Section E-2, the draft rule pertains to scenic character, shadow flicker, public safety, tangible benefits and decommissioning related to wind energy. The department is currently accepting public comments on the rule, as it wishes to garner input from experts and stakeholders who are knowledgeable about these issues before releasing an formal draft of the rule.
Those interested in submitting public comments can do so via email or mail, and comments must be received by the ME DEP by 5 p.m. on Aug. 8. The department expects to begin the rulemaking process later this year.
This rule does not address best practical mitigation measures, which will be included in a future rulemaking pursuant to 35-A MRSA 3459.