January 25, 2009 By Elaine Rundle
Maine is now New England's leading wind-power state with a daily capacity of 85 megawatts generated from two farms, according to Gov. John Baldacci in the Bangor Daily News. On Jan. 22, 2009, the state's second wind farm started generating power. It's located in Washington County along the Stetson Mountain ridgeline, and its 38 turbines can generate up to 57 megawatts of electricity daily. The farm's construction began more than a year ago and created 350 jobs.
The original wind farm -- located on the summit of Mars Hill Mountain -- consists of 28 turbines that can generate 28 megawatts of electricity. The two wind farms represent the state's aggressive pursuit of alternative energy.
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This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.