We just won on the building codes bill in the Senate! The nail biter first and most important vote was 18-17, then Senator Bryant offered a crippling amendment that would have required enforcement only in towns above 5000. Senator Bromley requested that the amendment be “indefinitely postponed” (i.e. rejected). Senator Karl Turner supported that motion, and the amendment was defeated 21-14. For final passage, two senators (Dow and Gooley) switched their votes, giving a total of 20-15.
Thank you so much to all of you, those who made calls, sent emails, wrote letters, and met in person with your legislators! We could not have achieved this without your support. This is a significant move to increase energy efficiency in Maine. We are one of the last states to adopt this standard, but we are adding good enforcement and training programs so that Maine can surge ahead in reducing fossil fuel use and energy costs.
Please take a moment to celebrate this important victory and then send a quick thank you to your legislator(s) if they voted in support!
You can read our press release about this important legislation here.
NRCM’s Clean Energy Team