August 19, 2009 By News Report
Maine and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) signed a memorandum of understanding for a review of tidal energy projects off the coast of Maine. "Maine is committed to developing our abundant renewable energy resources," said Maine Governor John Baldacci in a release. "Our state has been aggressive in its pursuit of clean energy to help end our country's dependence on fossil fuels, and this agreement will help establish a coordinated and responsible partnership between Maine and FERC."
"Today's agreement is an important step to pursuing hydrokinetic technologies on the East Coast," FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said. "This commitment by Maine to develop renewable energy sources puts us well on our way to move these new technologies forward and bring benefits to consumers."
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.