Renewable energy sources like wind and large scale solar benefit Maine’s wildlife by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but can also bring negative outcomes, including bird mortality and habitat degradation. How would you balance the benefits of renewable energy with wildlife and habitat impacts?
Balancing the environmental benefits and impacts is the role of the environmental review process, handled through DEP and LUPC. We need more renewables and they must be sited properly. Overall, I’m in favor of rapidly accelerating small-scale residential solar to create a more distributed energy system. I’m also favor offshore wind and a moratorium on inland wind, which has significant environmental impacts on wildlife and viewscapes.