© 2021 Maine Public
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Mills Signs Sweeping Renewable Energy Bills


Gov. Janet Mills has signed three bills aimed at fighting climate change by ushering in renewable energy.

Mills signed the bills Wednesday in front of Maine's largest solar array in Pittsfield.

The newly Democratic-led Legislature has passed a pile of bills with Republican support in hopes of reducing emissions and creating clean energy jobs.

That includes a bill to reduce Maine greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

Lawmakers also passed legislation to increase Maine's renewable portfolio standard from 40% today to 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

Other bills would create new incentives for energy efficient heating and new solar incentive programs.

Maine's former Republican governor had long fought against solar subsidies.