HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine and its partner companies must reveal some details of its offshore wind power project proposal by the end of the month, state regulators ordered Tuesday.
The Public Utilities Commission's ruled 2-1 that a redacted version of the proposal be released. The ruling comes after weeks of mounting pressure from environmental groups and lawmakers that the public be allowed to view the proposal, which was submitted after the competitive bidding process was reopened in July.
Maine Aqua Ventus, the umbrella name for the university and its partners on the project, has objected to the calls, saying the proposal was crafted with the promise of it remaining private and that releasing information would harm its chances for a $46 million energy grant. But state regulators said Tuesday that the unusual circumstances surrounding the university's bid allow for information to be revealed.
"There's much in the proposal that would assist the public to understand the outlines and basic structure of the proposal that would present little or no risk to competitive harm," said Chairman Thomas Welch.
Norwegian company Statoil won approval for its $120 million proposal earlier this year, but put it on hold after Republican Gov. Paul LePage maneuvered to reopen the competitive bidding process in July. An Associated Press review of documents last month found that LePage's administration had been previously working behind the scenes to explicitly void Statoil's proposal by limiting the amount home and business owners would pay for the project.
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