Gov. John Baldacci, industry representatives and others leave today for Germany and Spain.
From staff and news services
AUGUSTA — A trade delegation from Maine is leaving today for a mission to Germany and Spain that seeks to bolster the state’s wind power industry.
Gov. John Baldacci and 23 businesses and individuals are participating in the trip. Stops include Madrid and Zaragoza, Spain, and Bremen and Bremerhaven, both in Germany.
Matt Wickenheiser, a reporter for MaineToday Media, will be traveling with the delegation and providing daily reports for the company’s three newspapers: the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel in Waterville.
Wickenheiser also will be filing reports on the three papers’s Web sites, and will be reporting via Twitter.
The International Trade Center, the trip’s sponsor, says Europe is aggressive on investing in wind energy.
Maine, meanwhile, is home to more than 95 percent of installed wind power in New England.
David Farmer, a spokesman for Baldacci, said Germany and Spain are “two of the premier countries for the development of wind power.”>/p>
“By going on the mission, we hope to promote the research and development that’s going on in Maine now, and we hope to attract investment in projects in Maine,” Farmer said.
Trade mission participants include Maine companies that build, supply and provide logistics for wind projects. During the trip, the delegation will have a chance to attend southern Europe’s largest wind energy trade show in Spain.