Public Laws

124th Legislature

First Regular Session

Chapter 270

S.P. 545 - L.D. 1465

An Act To Facilitate Testing and Demonstration of Renewable Ocean Energy Technology

Emergency preamble. Whereas,  acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

Whereas,  the Gulf of Maine contains vast, untapped renewable ocean energy resources, including a globally significant offshore wind energy resource estimated at over 100 gigawatts, and tidal and wave power resources with significant potential to contribute to the State's renewable energy mix and create related business opportunities; and

Whereas,  promising technologies exist and others are being developed to harness these renewable ocean energy resources for transportation and home heating needs; and

Whereas,  these significant renewable ocean energy resources will help address the economic and environmental challenges we face as a result of over-reliance on oil and natural gas to meet energy needs; and

Whereas,  Governor John E. Baldacci created the Ocean Energy Task Force to develop strategies to promote the State's renewable ocean energy resources, including research and testing of new technologies to harness those resources; and

Whereas,  the Ocean Energy Task Force has identified the need to streamline and coordinate state permitting and submerged lands leasing requirements for renewable ocean energy demonstration projects so that the State can become an international proving ground for testing promising new technologies in state waters in specific locations along the coast in an environmentally responsible manner; and

Whereas,  the Legislature finds that it is in the public interest to use state-owned submerged lands for temporary demonstration projects to test offshore wind energy and other renewable ocean energy technologies; and

Whereas,  designation of one of the offshore testing areas as the Maine Offshore Wind Energy Research Center will support the significant research and development initiatives of the University of Maine System and make the State more competitive for federal and private sector investments needed to jump-start the State's renewable ocean energy industry; and

Whereas,  in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Parts: A B C D

Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.

Effective June 4, 2009.

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