AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Governor Paul LePage is proposing to eliminate the wind energy generation goals in Maine law, which the administration says are unrealistic and must be strengthened to ensure the state benefits from wind power through job creation and lower energy costs.

LePage's administration recently introduced a measure under which the wind power megawatt goals would be replaced with goals to expand economic opportunities and lower electricity prices through wind power.

Under the 2008 law signed by Democratic Governor John Baldacci, Maine has sought to produce at least 2,000 megawatts of electricity through wind projects by 2015 and 3,000 megawatts by 2020. That would be enough to power about 900,000 homes. Maine currently produces about 450 megawatts with wind.

Critics say removing the megawatt goals could send a negative message to investors.

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