An Act To Protect Monhegan Island by Limiting Wind Turbines
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §685-B, sub-§2-C, ¶F is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §1868, sub-§5 is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 38 MRSA §480-D, sub-§11, ¶D is enacted to read:
Sec. 4. 38 MRSA §480-HH, sub-§16 is enacted to read:
Sec. 5. 38 MRSA §484, sub-§10, as amended by PL 2011, c. 655, Pt. DD, §18 and affected by §24, is further amended to read:
The Department of Labor, the Governor's Office of Policy and Management, the Governor's Energy Office and the Public Utilities Commission shall provide review comments if requested by the primary siting authority.
For purposes of this subsection, "grid-scale wind energy development," "primary siting authority," "significant tangible benefits" and "expedited wind energy development" have the same meanings as in Title 35-A, section 3451.
The department may not issue a permit under this article for an offshore wind power project within the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area described in Title 12, section 6471 or within 10 nautical miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area measured from a line running from the outer perimeter of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area.
Sec. 6. Retroactivity. Notwithstanding the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 302, this Act applies retroactively to January 1, 2009.
This bill prohibits the permitting of an offshore wind energy project within the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area or within 10 nautical miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. The provisions of the bill apply retroactively to January 1, 2009.