Maine’s environmental policies praised by San Francisco CEO of multibillion-dollar solar company

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by David Marino Jr.

A solar executive of a leading national clean energy company praised Maine’s renewable energy efforts and steps toward fighting climate change during a trip to Portland.

Mary Powell, CEO of Sunrun, a San Francisco-based multibillion-dollar clean energy company, said that Gov. Janet Mills’ climate goals are “100 percent achievable.” Mills’ goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and having 219,000 electric passenger vehicles on the road by 2030.
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“The technology exists. It’s actually just the will, the courage and the innovation to do it fast and affordably,” Powell said.

Powell has been involved in New England clean energy efforts for decades, and now leads one of the largest solar power companies in the U.S. Her comments come as climate change gains increasing notice amid worldwide record-high summer temperatures.

The CEO appeared with Mills, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in Portland on July 13 as part of a presentation at the National Governors Association annual summer meeting about the company’s partnership with Ford on the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric car.

An electric truck, the Ford vehicle can use solar power as fuel and can also be a backup generator for a home in a power outage. The company is working with three local companies in Maine to bring the electric truck to the state, she said.

Powell, a graduate of Keene State College in New Hampshire, spent two decades working for Green Mountain Power in the Burlington area.

She sees Maine as going in the right direction with solar energy.

“Maine has pledged to slash greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels,” Powell said. “A huge part of that is going to be much greater adoption of energy independence, clean solar energy.”

A big part of slashing such emissions is the number of emissions that come from cars. Mills also wants to transition state agencies to 100 percent clean power by 2024.

A plan to purchase all-electric vehicles for the state fleet is a few more years off — that’s anticipated in 2030.

Alternative energy programs have become much more important in the face of the climate crisis, Powell noted. Being a largely coastal state, Maine is particularly susceptible to such effects, from rising sea levels to increased tick-borne illnesses, especially because 56 percent of the population lives in coastal counties according to the 2020 U.S. Census.

The increased geopolitical problems that have come with the oil market are also an impetus for the shift, she said. Though prices have lowered in recent weeks, they have risen significantly since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

Powell’s time in Vermont had shown her that clean energy was something that rural communities like those in Maine could pioneer as well, noting that many of the socioeconomic impacts of energy costs and outages often impact those sections of the country the worst.........................

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Mary Powell

Chief Executive Officer

Mary is chief executive officer of Sunrun (Nasdaq: RUN), the nation’s leading home solar, battery storage, and energy services company. In 2018, Mary joined Sunrun’s Board of Directors, where she continues to serve as a member of the board. From 2008-2019, Mary served as the president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power Corporation (formerly NYSE: GMP), an electric services company that serves 75 percent of the State of Vermont’s residential and business customers. At GMP, Mary successfully executed strategies to drive increased..................................


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Comment by Stephen Littlefield on July 24, 2022 at 12:15pm

Just another big time scam artist, just like King Anus(Angus King). Scamming the citizens by overwhelming them with lies, all the while making billions! With wind and solar costing 6 to 8 times the cost of standard cost of electricity, we the citizens will continue to pat the price of the big scam! Stop the insanity now!!

Comment by Dan McKay on July 20, 2022 at 6:44pm

Solar development companies and solar marketers suck people into a 15% savings on their electric bill while their take is 20 times that amount, all because our Maine state legislators demand that anyone paying for electricity pony up additional money to allow San Francisco companies to make millions. Foreign influence on Maine bill payers, anyone? THIS IS THIEF AND PEOPLE SHOULD GO TO JAIL.

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on July 20, 2022 at 4:27pm

Biden moves to bypass Congress to enact climate agenda that only 1% of Americans care about

Comment by Monique Aniel Thurston on July 20, 2022 at 4:08pm

The incestuous revolving door of the renewable industry .


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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