In a speech to the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, Mills said she will introduce legislation to create a Maine Climate Council that will develop an action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to a changing climate. Mills has set an interim goal of 80 percent electricity generation from renewable sources by 2030 and a longer-term goal of 100 percent by 2050.
She also reiterated her pledges to promote development of solar energy, to expand utilization of heat pumps and to “vigorously support the University of Maine to lead the country in offshore floating platform wind technology development.”.............................This story will be updated.
However, a Mills spokeswoman gave no details about who would be on the council, and it’s unclear what standards Mills is using for renewables. The federal government says Maine already gets about three-quarters of its electricity from renewable sources, though the state abides by a renewable standard that doesn’t include large hydroelectric installations.
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Providence Journal editorial on hydro from Canada
The project would not, unfortunately, negate the pressing need to improve the region’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure and to build new and efficient plants, such as the one proposed in Burrillville, to replace those going offline. New England will require natural gas for decades to come, experts say.