An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Governor's Ocean Energy Task Force (Maine)

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Place Maine


Name An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Governor's Ocean Energy Task Force (Maine)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Tidal Energy, Wave Energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


This law was enacted to overcome economic, technical and regulatory obstacles and to provide economic incentives for vigorous and efficient development of promising indigenous, renewable ocean energy resources. The law amended the Maine Waterway Development and Conservation Act (MWDCA) to provide that it is the policy of the State to encourage the attraction of appropriately sited development related to tidal and wave energy, including any additional transmission and other energy infrastructure needed to transport such energy to market, consistent with all state environmental standards; the permitting and siting of tidal and wave energy projects; and the siting, permitting, financing and construction of tidal and wave energy research and manufacturing facilities. Thus, all applications for tidal and wave energy projects must be processed in keeping with this policy. The Act also made several procedural changes to existing law, including specifying that tidal and wave energy projects are not required to be consistent with Land Use Regulation Commission zoning, even if located in an unorganized territory.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Kathy Howatt (Hydropower)
Department Department of Environmental Protection
Division Water
Address 17 State House Station, Augusta, ME

Zip/Postal Code 04333-0017
Phone 207-446-2642


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Chapter 615

Date Enacted 2010