Federal Energy Politics Hurts Chances for Growth in Wind Power Industry

Thousands of jobs and $2 billion in economic activity remains on hold as the industry turns dormant

Published: 23-Mar-2004

ed by rising energy prices, the wind power industry rushed to erect its spindly turbines across the nation's prairies and mountaintops in the last three years.

Just this week, Maine-based Endless Energy closed on the purchase of Black Nubble Mountain in western Maine, a move that the wind energy provider said puts it one step closer to a proposal to install 33 modern wind turbines.

Last week, the Natural Resources Council of Maine said it supported a separate plan by Evergreen Wind Power LLC of Bangor to build a 50-megawatt project on Mars Hill Mountain because it would reduce the impact of electric power generation on the environment and would be healthier for Mainers.

The environmental organization also said Maine should make a commitment to have at least 5 percent of its electricity generated by wind power by 2010.

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