AUGUSTA – Speaker of the House Sara Gideon released the following statement in response to “An Order Establishing the Maine Wind Energy Advisory Commission”, an Executive Order from Governor LePage:

“It’s disappointing, though unfortunately not surprising, that Governor LePage believes he can unilaterally overrule the clear intentions of the Legislature when it comes to developing clean, renewable and job-creating energy policy in Maine. I’m confident that this backward looking Executive Order, in clear conflict with existing statute, would be unable to withstand legal scrutiny if, and when, challenged. In the meantime, I will continue to work with stakeholders and my colleagues in the Legislature to capitalize on Maine’s natural resources and build a clean energy economy. “