Maine governor to sign sweeping renewable energy bills

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2019

Maine’s Democratic governor says she’ll sign three bills aimed at fighting climate change by ushering in renewable energy.

Gov. Janet Mills is set to sign the bills today in front of Maine’s largest solar array in Pittsfield.

The newly Democratic-led Legislature has passed a pile of bills with Republican support in hopes of reducing emissions and creating clean energy jobs.

They include a bill to reduce Maine greenhouse gas emissions 45% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

Lawmakers also passed legislation to increase Maine’s renewable portfolio standard from 40% today to 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

Other bills would create incentives for energy-efficient heating and new solar incentive programs.

Maine’s former Republican governor, Paul LePage, had long fought against solar subsidies (Greenwire, July 11, 2017). — Associated Press