Wind Energy in Maine
Find wind data and information in Maine, including maps, capacity, ordinances, and more.
Capacity and Generation
Installed Capacity 923 MW Source: American Wind Energy Association Market Report
Potential Capacity 69,797 MW Source: AWS Truepower, NREL
Annual Potential Generation
- 2015 148,230 GWh
- 2020 163,588 GWh
- 2030 184,539 GWh
- 2050 189,904 GWh
Policies & Incentives
8 local wind energy ordinances
Wind Education & Training
Career training and projects at schools in Maine.
Wind for Schools Project Locations
Regional Resource Center
Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) help address the unique challenges and opportunities of wind energy in key regions of the United States.
The RRC for Maine is Islanded Grid Resource Center.
Maine Offices and Organizations
Clean Energy Group is a leading national, nonprofit organization working on innovative policy, technology, and finance programs in the areas of clean energy and climate change. The group's projects concentrate on climate and clean energy issues at the state, national, and international levels and include stakeholders from governments and the private and nonprofit sectors. Clean Energy Group assists states to create and implement innovative practices and public funding programs for clean energy project deployment; creates networks of U.S. and international policy makers to address climate stabilization strategies; and advances effective distributed innovation theories, finance, and commercialization tools for new climate technologies.
The Island Institute works to sustain Maine's island and coastal communities and exchanges ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities in the area.
The Maine Green Power Connection helps consumers understand and buy green power in Maine.
The Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative represents companies’ expertise within the Maine ocean and wind energy supply chain; works proactively to promote the expertise of member companies; and provides solutions to local, national, and international market participants.
The Maine Legislature established a pilot program to provide incentives for the development of community-based renewable projects. These projects must be “locally owned electricity generating facilities” (51% or more of the facility must be owned by “qualifying local owners”) and must not exceed 10 megawatts. Learn more at this site.
One of the group's projects is renewable energy in Maine.
The Northeast Regional Planning Body is responsible for developing New England’s ocean plan. The National Ocean Policy, established by Presidential Executive Order in 2010, called for the formation of nine Regional Planning Bodies to better manage the nation’s oceans and coasts. New England was the first region in the nation to respond to this call, launching the Northeast Regional Planning Body in 2012. The Northeast Regional Planning Body includes representatives from the six New England states, 10 federally recognized tribes, 10 federal agencies, and the New England Fishery Management Council. The Regional Planning Body has no authority to create new regulations. Its mandate is to create a plan and oversee its implementation, with many opportunities for public participation.