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New England: Maine leads the Wind Energy Industry

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Published on : Jul 07, 2014

According to the recent headlines, experts in the energy and power domain have said that the state of Mainehas taken the leadership in the rising wind energy industry segment for power generation inNew England.

As per their research and understanding, the industry in this region still needs to undergo substantial developments to overcome the obstacles, however, certain steps are required to be taken in order to encourage an emerging growth in the industry. Some of the major challenges that are observed in the industry are heavy-laden costs and impact of running transmission lines in the environment that emergefrom one place to another just so that the lines are connected to the power grid.

The experts also said that one of the major obstacles in Maine is the stringent regulatory framework that does not approve of the power projectsin the country. It has been observed that only one in five projects situated in the Northeast issuccessfully approved for operation in the industry.

The wind power industry is an effective platform for women planning to take any leading positions in this market.Katherine Joyce isamong the many women in Maine who have reached an honorable position in this fast-growing industry. Katherine is an attorney at Bernstein Shur in Portland and contributes her skills in the permitting process that encourages the wind power industry. 

Today, women are increasingly reaching higher positions in high-tech industries, and this same trend continuesin the wind and power energy sector as well, said Kristen Graf, executive director of the National Group Women of Wind Energy.

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