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Lawmakers Work on Plan to Harness Coastal Wind for Energy 

Catherine Pegram

A plan to harness wind for energy off the coast of Maine will no longer allow open waters to be leased for wind farms. A legislative committee in Augusta spent part of the day working on an ocean energy bill, which has been the topic of discussion for nearly two weeks.The Maine Lobstermen’s Association opposed leasing state waters for wind turbines, saying it would limit where fishermen could work. Members of the Utilities and Energy committee re-worked the bill to allow for floating windmills. Those would be built on land, then deployed at least ten miles offshore. The University of Maine is leading that research. Committee members still have a few issues to work out with the bill. They plan to vote on a final version Wednesday.