Maine LD 791: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Wind Energy Development Permitting

LD 791 (subjects: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY , WIND ENERGY )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=791&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Sara Gideon of Freeport: (D – District 48) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/10/2015 House Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/11/2015 Senate On motion by Senator WOODSOME of York Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending REFERENCE
Unfinished Business
3/12/2015 Senate Unfinished Business
3/17/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator Edgecomb of Aroostook REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
3/18/2015 House On motion of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan, TABLED pending FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
Later today assigned.
3/18/2015 House Unfinished Business
3/19/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, on motion of Representative FREDETTE of Newport, TABLED pending FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
Later today assigned.
3/19/2015 House Unfinished Business
3/24/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, the House RECEDED and CONCURRED to REFERENCE to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/11/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop, the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report was ACCEPTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/11/2015 Senate Reports READ.
On motion by Senator EDGECOMB of Aroostook the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report ACCEPTED, in concurrence.
Placed in the Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Wind Energy Development Permitting

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 12 MRSA 685-A, sub- 13, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 661, Pt. C, 1, is amended to read:

13. Additions to designated wind energy permitting area for wind energy development. The commission may add areas in the State’s unorganized and deorganized areas to the expedited designated wind energy permitting area for wind energy development in accordance with Title 35-A, section 3453 3453-A.

Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA 3453, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 661, Pt. A, 7 and amended by PL 2011, c. 682, 38, is repealed.

Sec. 3. 35-A MRSA 3453-A and 3453-B are enacted to read:

3453-A. Addition of specific locations to the designated wind energy permitting area

The Maine Land Use Planning Commission may, by rule, add a specified place to the designated wind energy permitting area in accordance with this section and rules adopted by the Maine Land Use Planning Commission pursuant to this section. In order to add a specified place to the designated wind energy permitting area, the Maine Land Use Planning Commission must receive a petition that contains the written consent of the owner or owners of the land proposed for addition.

Rules adopted under this section are major substantive rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

3453-B. Removal of specific locations from the designated wind energy permitting area

The Maine Land Use Planning Commission may, by rule, remove a specified place from the designated wind energy permitting area in accordance with this section and rules adopted by the Maine Land Use Planning Commission pursuant to this section. In order to remove a specified place from the designated wind energy permitting area, the Maine Land Use Planning Commission must receive a petition that contains the written consent of the owner or owners of the land proposed for removal.

Rules adopted under this section are major substantive rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

Sec. 4. Maine Revised Statutes headnote amended; revision clause. In the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, chapter 34-A, in the chapter headnote, the words “expedited permitting of grid-scale wind energy development” are amended to read “permitting of grid-scale wind energy development,” and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.

Sec. 5. Maine Revised Statutes amended; revision clause. Wherever in the Maine Revised Statutes the words “expedited permitting area” appear, they are amended to read “designated wind energy permitting area,” and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.

Sec. 6. Maine Revised Statutes amended; revision clause. Wherever in the Maine Revised Statutes the words “expedited wind energy development” appear, they are amended to read “designated wind energy development,” and the Revisor of Statutes shall implement this revision when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.

SUMMARY

This bill amends the laws governing the expedited permitting of grid-scale wind energy development by changing the terms “expedited permitting area” and “expedited wind energy development” to “designated wind energy permitting area” and “designated wind energy development,” respectively. The bill authorizes the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Maine Land Use Planning Commission to add specified places to or remove specified places from the designated wind energy permitting area only if the commission receives the written consent of the owner or owners of the land proposed for addition or removal. It also repeals the current provision of law governing additions to the area.

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