September 20, 2018
Three candidates for governor — Democrat Janet Mills and independents Terry Hayes and Alan Caron — discussed their positions on energy and the environment at a forum sponsored by the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) last week at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Republican Shawn Moody declined to attend, just as Gov. Paul LePage blew off the last E2Tech gubernatorial debate in 2014.
Attorney General Janet Mills said she accepts the scientific consensus that climate change is caused by human activities and she will support policies to mitigate it, including setting a state goal of switching to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.
“I believe that by 2050 we can transition to a healthy and prosperous economy relying virtually entirely on renewable energy. That’s my goal,” said Mills. “Solar, onshore wind, offshore wind and eventually good battery storage as well as energy efficiency will get us there.”
She said the first thing she would do as governor would be to establish a cabinet-level post of Maine Energy Commissioner with the mission of reducing costs for Maine ratepayers and promoting sustainable energy ............................................... Terry Hayes said her first priority would be to identify what Maine is doing about climate change and figure out what the state has the power to change. “I think our place in this broader planet is really important to recognize and that we take responsibility for changing those things that we can, focused around our future around our natural resources,” she said. “Global warming is at the top of the list.”......................................................................................Alan Caron said he would also set a goal that Maine switch to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 by providing financial incentives to solar and offshore wind power...............................................
September 14, 2018
Maine governor candidates square off on energy, economy in E2Tech forum
Although this article discusses Mills, Hayes and Caron (Moody skipped this one) supporting solar and offshore wind, there is no reference to any discussion about land based wind. In the absence of additional information, I do not think one can assume from this that they will not be supportive of land based wind.
Three candidates in Maine's governor's race offered their visions for the state's energy future at a Portland debate, which Republican Shawn Moody didn't attend.
Thursday's 90-minute forum, organized by the Environmental & Energy Council of Maine, or E2Tech as it's better known, came three days after all four candidates had their first debate in Lewiston. They are running to succeed Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, who has been in office since 2011.
Moody campaign manager Lauren LePage said in an email to Mainebiz that the candidate is participating in 11 debates and forums that includes multiple televised debates covering every part of Maine, without giving a reason for Thursday's absence.
"Shawn is committed to developing a comprehensive energy strategy for Maine that focuses on reducing electricity costs for Maine families and job creators, and embraces cost-effective renewable energy sources," she said.
Democrat Janet Mills, Maine's attorney general, and independent Alan Caron both said that they would support solar power, which Caron called the "disruptive technology of our time" and Mills pointed to as an industry that attracts young people to a state.
Mills said her top energy priorities would include establishing a cabinet-level energy commissioner, reducing costs for ratepayers and increasing capacity of solar power, which employs fewer than 600 people in Maine versus 14,000 in Massachusetts.
"We need to compete," she said, not just to reduce Maine's carbon footprint, but also to bring young people back to Maine.
Mills had similarly strong words about Maine lagging behind Massachusetts and New Jersey in attracting offshore wind power investment, saying she wants to be "the promoter in chief, the recruiter in chief, the closer in chief" when it comes to getting energy contracts in Maine. She's also keen on ramping up research and development spending, where she said Maine ranks 37th in the country.
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