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    LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

    Proposed Maine Law on Tidal Energy

    Federal legislation on wind energy
    Helpful and extensive information on the Cape Wind energy project

    INTEREST GROUPS/WIND

    Natural Resources Council of Maine
    Citizens' Task Force on Wind Power and link 2
    Maine Renewable Energy Association
    Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound
    Cape Wind
    The CATO Institute is a conservative/libertarian group that opposes government investment in alternative energies. Here are 2 links to articles on their site that discuss why we don't need to focus on alternative energies so much and some negatives associated with wind energy: link 1 and link 2 Here is some general information about CATO

    To help with alternative viewpoints: ProCon.org

    HELPFUL RESOURCES

    National
    Chart of installed wind energy projects and animated mapof wind energy projects from 1999-2009. Wind atlas maps.
    Wind and Hydropower Energy Technologies Program
    • Harvard University's Belfer Center - Tackling U.S. Energy Challenges and Opportunities: Preliminary Policy Recommendations for Enhancing Energy Innovation in The United States - please see chart on p. 3 of the report. RD & D stands for Research, Development, and Demonstration (exposition or example project).
    Sierra Club's Wind Siting Advisory policies - see especially 3, 4, 5

    National and Maine (must read) Maine receives federal research funding for off-shore wind development (October 2009) + another article - Maine Public Broadcasting

    Maine
    • (HELPFUL RESOURCE ALERT!) US Department of Energy, overview of wind policies in Maine.
    Governor's Task Force on Wind Power includes information about Governor Baldacci's initiatives to promote wind power in Maine and a recent law passed to implement recommended policy. See also links at left of web page.
    • Maine's Comprehensive Energy Plan - see pg. 31-32 about wind power


    JUDICIAL BRANCH

    Here is a link to a news article about a wind energy case from the Kansas Supreme Court. The article does a good job explaining what rulings like this could mean for the future of the wind energy movement.

    TIDAL:
    Here is a link about a major tidal (hydrokinetic) project in Makah Bay (off Washington State) that was challenged by the state of Washington in a federal appeals court

    EXECUTIVE BRANCH

    Minerals Management Service -Link 1 - Link 2- issues leases for renewable energy projects.



    INTEREST GROUPS

    American Wind Energy Association