Knox County Republican Women

ROCKLAND — The Knox County Republican Women will meet Friday, March 12 at noon at the home of Bev Frain, 12 Chestnut St. in Rockland. They will discuss assistance to local and state candidates this election year. Attendees are asked to bring a bag lunch. For more information, contact KCRW Vice President Helen Shaw at 236-2468, or call 594-5118 or visit gopknoxcounty.com. As always, everyone is invited to attend.

Snowe, Collins introduce bill for deepwater wind facilities tax credit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins on March 3 announced the Deepwater Wind Incentive Act, legislation to provide a long-term renewable production tax credit for developing deepwater wind facilities.

“Deepwater wind is a Maine resource that provides a tremendous potential for our county and provides a more consistent resource than onshore and near-shore wind,” said Snowe in a news release. “This legislation provides a clear and consistent tax credit that will put our nation on the path to achieving our goal of operating 20 percent wind energy by 2030 and develop an incentive for wind companies to invest in this breakthrough technology. This legislation will complement the Department of Energy’s vision of making the University of Maine a leading center of deepwater offshore wind research.”

The Deepwater Offshore Wind Incentive Act would provide a tax incentive of 3.04 cents per kilowatt production tax credit for the first 6,000 megawatts of deepwater offshore wind production in the United States.

“Estimates are that development of five gigawatts of offshore wind in Maine — enough to power more than 1 million homes for a year — could attract $20 billion of investment to our state and create more than 15,000 green energy jobs that will be sustained over 30 years,” said Collins.

Doctor of the Day

AUGUSTA — Sen. A. David Trahan hosted the Maine Legislature’s Doctor of the Day, Dr. Mark McAllister, on March 4. McAllister, a resident of Washington, is a family practice physician with the Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency.

The Doctor of the Day Program began in 1997 and is a partnership between the Maine Medical Association and Maine Osteopathic Association. The Doctor of the Day provides emergency care if needed and is also called on from time to time to treat minor ailments. Participating doctors have the opportunity to view the legislative process. The program is administered by the Clerk of the House and is scheduled through the office of the Sergeant at Arms.