AUGUSTA — Gov. John Baldacci is rejecting wind-power critics’ request for a moratorium on grid-scale projects in Maine.

 

At a State House news conference today, the Citizens’ Task Force on Wind Power asked Baldacci to order a stop in permits for large-scale wind farms until more studies into their noise impacts can be done. Maine has five wind farms either in operation or under construction and several more are proposed or under study.

 

Baldacci spokesman David Farmer said the governor rejects the idea of a moratorium. Farmer says a thorough review and permitting process is in effect and Baldacci supports properly sited wind power.

 

Baldacci today joined the governors of six East Coast states in a meeting with the U.S. secretary of the interior to discuss offshore wind farms.