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July 28, 2010

Maine Signs Ocean Energy Agreement with Nova Scotia

Maine's Governor John E. Baldacci signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on July 12 with Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter, pledging to work cooperatively on renewable ocean electricity generation. The MOU calls for the new partners to share information on renewable electricity with a focus on ocean tidal energy and offshore wind energy. The two jurisdictions will also bring together tidal energy academics, researchers, policy makers, and private sector developers this fall. The MOU was signed during the 34th Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. The conference was held July 11-13, in Lenox, Massachusetts, to discuss energy security, efficiency, and the development of renewable energy in the region.

In June, Baldacci was one of ten U.S. governors to sign a MOU with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) that formally established the Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium. The new consortium is promoting the development of wind resources on the Outer Continental Shelf along the East Coast, primarily by coordinating state and federal efforts relating to permitting, environmental studies, technical and financial barriers, and infrastructure needed to deploy and maintain offshore wind power plants. See the press release on Governor Baldacci's Web site.