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April 29, 2024

King Announces $2.5 Million to Strengthen Energy Resiliency for Communities Across Maine

The funding was secured by the Senator in the bipartisan FY2024 Congressionally-Directed Spending Appropriations Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced the Maine Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (GOPIF) has been awarded $2,500,000 through the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2024 Congressionally-Directed Spending (CDS) appropriations package to support an energy resiliency pilot program. As Maine faces increasingly extreme weather and storms, modernizing energy infrastructure through clean solar energy and new storage technologies can help ensure public buildings are able to maintain access to energy during destructive weather events. Proactive investments in renewable and sustainable energy are critical to ensuring communities across Maine are well prepared for future emergency events.

The pilot program will take place in Caribou, Carthage, Dover, Foxcroft, Fairfield, Jonesport, Limestone, Lubec, Machias, Millinocket and Rockland.

The funding is part of the $454 million — for 185 projects — that the entire Maine delegation secured for state projects in the Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Package.

“As we saw in the December and January storm events, Maine’s developing communities are especially vulnerable to power outages,” said Senator King. “The good news is that we can improve our energy resiliency by getting ahead of storms with investments in renewable energy and storage infrastructure as we work toward a more resilient and sustainable future. This funding will also help to drive down energy costs and drive long-term stability for local economies. It’s truly a win-win for Maine communities across the state.”

“The intense storms in December and January have been a wake-up call about how vulnerable Maine communities are to effects of climate change, such as flooding and rising sea levels, and how critical investments in resiliency are needed to support public safety,” said Hannah Pingree, Director of the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future and co-chair of the Maine Climate Council. “Using these funds secured by Sen. King, the Rural Energy Resilience Pilot program will help 10 Maine communities make public buildings more resilient through investments in clean energy and battery storage, to ensure facilities stay online during emergencies, while helping stabilize energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the process. We deeply appreciate the efforts of Sen. King to support this pilot program to help rural Maine communities become more resilient to climate impacts and save local taxpayers money in the process.”

“This project would be extremely beneficial for the town. The Dover-Foxcroft Municipal Building is more than a municipal office,” said Jack Clukey, Town Manager, Town of Dover-Foxcroft. “The building serves multiple tenants including two daycares and social services deliveries by Penquis, our local CAP agency. The building … can serve as an emergency warming/cooling center during extreme weather events.”

“Given the fact that the Machias Fire Department and Machias Ambulance are the first calls for numerous municipalities … this is a critical base of operations,” said Bill Kitchen, Town Manager, Machias. “Energy reliability is of course equally critical. Given the soaring expenses of both fire and ambulance services … any savings is significant and will ultimately reduce the burden on this region’s residents.”

“Investments in energy resilience have so many benefits — including greater energy security and cost savings,” said Julie Hashem, Community Development Director, Rockland. “This grant will fund improvements that will benefit the community for many years to come, and we couldn’t be more grateful.” 

“The town is very adamant about moving towards clean energy,” said Jan Hutchinson, Selectboard Chair, Town of Carthage. “Adding a solar array and battery storage … will help our low-income town reduce costs for residents and move toward a cleaner future. With a minimal municipal budget, the town appreciates this opportunity.” 

As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator King has advocated for climate solutions that support Maine communities and has been one of the Senate’s most vocal advocates for improving energy technologies and development as a way to unlock America’s clean energy future.

The 185 FY24 Maine investments secured by the entire Maine delegation can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet HERE and viewed on a map HERE

CDS funding is included in annual federal appropriations bipartisan legislation and provides a specific amount of discretionary funding to a state, locality, or nonprofit organization for projects with demonstrated civic and community value. Last year, Senator King secured over $250 million in Congressionally-Directed Spending for 140 Maine projects.


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Comment by Willem Post on May 6, 2024 at 9:45am

The elites, and IPCC, and WEF, and $politicians, and entrenched bureaucrats, and compromised academia, and lapdog Media, have combined to perpetuate and/or enrich themselves and impoverish all others, using the unscientific hoax of "CO2 causes global warming". 

The hoax is based on fossil fuels and CO2 being the villains

However, CO2 greens the earth, creates flora and fauna, including us, and increases crop yields per acre, and reduces desert areas.

We need more CO2, as proven by plant growth in greenhouses with 1000 to 1200 ppm CO2


The West’s scam includes wind/solar/batteries/hydrogen/CO2 extraction/EVs/air-source heat pumps, etc., to enrich/reward world elites, who will continue to fly their planes and sail their yachts
No command/control, choking restrictions off any kind on them!!
These elitists caused the impoverishment of the EU, especially the UK and Germany., which are overrun by millions of scruffy, poor, inexperienced, uneducated, culturally-different folks, from all over, crossing borders, or secretly flown in, unvetted, to get free work permits, free phones, and free debit cards, and free housing, and free sucking from various leftist/Democrat-run government programs.
The elites want to impose their no-fossil-fuel misery on the rules-based world to the glory of the Golden Billion in The Garden of Eden.
However, fast-growing BRISC, with 11 members and 20 applicants, including China, India, Russia, etc., are not playing along with the multi-$trillion per year hoax and scam, and the demonizing of fossil fuels.
In fact, they know it is a Western, rules-based, insanity, to impoverish them.



Important Role of CO2 for Flora and Fauna Growth
Plants require require at least 1000 to 1200 ppm of CO2, as proven in greenhouses
Many plants have become extinct, along with the fauna they supported, due to a lack of CO2
As a result, many areas of the world became arid and deserts.
The current CO2 needs to at least double or triple
Earth temperature increased about 1.2 C since 1900, which is due to many causes, such as fossil CO2, flora CO2, and permafrost methane which converts to CO2.
CO2 emissions of fossil fuels are a blessing.
CO2 has increased from about 296 ppm in 1900 to 423 ppm at end 2023. It:
1) Increased world greening by at least 10 to 15%, as measured by satellites since 1979.
2) Increased world fauna
3) Increased crop yields per acre.
4) Reduced desert areas

Benefits of CO2
Oceans Absorb CO2
CO2 molecules continuously move from the air into sea water, in accordance with Henry’s Law
The sea water contains 3% salt, NaCl, by weight.
The CO2 continuously combines with salt to form numerous Ca, Cl, O2 and H2 compounds that support ocean flora and fauna.
As a result, the oceans are the major sink of CO2 from human and natural sources in the TS.
At least 80% of new CO2 in the TS, human and natural, is added to the oceans 


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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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