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Climate Change Action - Maine

Organization(s) Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description In 2003, Maine enacted in statute the goals established in the 2001 Agreement among the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers to reduce GHGs, ultimately by 75 percent to 80 percent from 1990 levels. Maine's 2003 Climate Act directed the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (ME DEP) to develop at least 50 agreements with businesses, institutions, municipalities, and non-profit organizations to voluntarily reduce their GHG emissions. The ME DEP has reached out to prospective participants through personal contact, the internet, workshops, and other means. As a result of these efforts, 70 participants, representing 140 businesses, municipalities, and institutions, have joined the Governor's Carbon Challenge and have committed to reduce their GHG emissions. Participants are required to establish an emissions baseline and measure and report their energy usage annually. ME DEP has developed a computer model that converts their annual energy consumption into annual carbon emissions. ME DEP's Office of Innovation and Assistance provides technical assistance to participants, including determining baseline data and conducting level one energy audits. In addition, the Office connects participants with other programs that provide energy efficiency equipment incentives and rebates.

Through an Executive Order, Maine State Government also established a goal for the State to purchase 40 percent of its power from renewable resources. Maine's renewable energy portfolio currently requires that 30 percent of the energy consumed come from renewable sources. To cover the remaining 10 percent from the Executive Order, Maine purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) from a zero emission hydroelectric dam in Rumford, Maine. Since July of 2006 Maine State Government has exceeded the Executive Order requirement and is purchasing enough credits to cover 100 percent of its electrical energy use with renewable sources and through the purchase of Maine-generated renewable energy credits. This equated to 80,000 mega watt hours (MWh) of REC's to offset emissions over an 18 month period (July 2006 through 2007). In 2008, 51,000 MWh were purchased to offset the indirect emissions from the generation of electricity outside of what is covered in the 30 percent portfolio.

Project Contact
Name Beth Nagusky
Phone 207-287-5869
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Energy Efficiency
Industrial Sectors Energy Production
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 19 No. 1, Spring 2009 [PDF]


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