Portland Press Herald editorial Commercial and residential buildings consume one-third of the energy used in the United States. They use two-thirds of all electricity. About a third of carbon dioxide emissions and other emissions that harm air quality and contribute to global warming are emitted by buildings. They generate waste during construction and operation. So Read More
NRCM supports energy efficiency technologies and initiatives that benefit Maine. For too long, Maine—and the U.S.—has been reliant upon fossil fuels for our energy needs. These dirty energy sources—oil, coal, gas—contribute to global warming pollution and other air pollution that leads to serious health and environmental issues in Maine. This addiction to dirty energy also hinders progress toward the increased energy independence our country and our state need.
NRCM's top energy priority is advocating for greater energy efficiency and conservation, as that is consistently the cheapest, cleanest way to combat Maine’s environmental problems while reducing energy pollution.
Maine has created momentum and infrastructure for energy efficiency improvements. Now, Maine needs a longer-term strategy to maximize energy efficiency and weatherization in our homes and businesses, boost business growth, and slash energy costs.
By Tux Turkel, Portland Press Herald Writer Portland Press Herald news story Travelers on Interstate 295 in Portland may notice a four-story medical office being completed next to the DoubleTree Hotel. The architecture won’t grab their attention. Few drivers will see anything extraordinary about the building. It’s what people can’t see that makes this new Read More
Portland Press Herald editorial Last is no place to be when the topic is saving energy during an era of record prices. Yet that’s where Maine is – last among New England states in the amount of energy saved by business, industrial and residential consumers. Not surprisingly, Maine is also last in the amount of Read More
Economic, Environmental, and Public Health Benefits Cited A broad coalition of organizations and legislators today announced their support for legislation introduced by Sen. Phil Bartlett (D-Cumberland) that would increase energy efficiency programs in Maine – potentially saving tens of millions of dollars for consumers, reducing environmental impacts from energy use, and promoting public health through Read More
by Sue Jones, NRCM energy project director Thank you for the opportunity to submit comments on behalf of the Natural Resources Council of Maine (Council). The Council is a public interest, nonprofit organization that seeks to protect and conserve Maine’s environment for now and future generations. As part of the Council’s work, we advocate on Read More
On February 26, Governor Baldacci and the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) launched the Energy Star Residential Lighting Program to promote the use of energy efficient lighting and to reduce electricity consumption in Maine homes. The program offers instant rebates for Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent lamps and fixtures. Maine residents can save $2 on Read More
NRCM news release Emera, the parent company of Bangor Hydro, has decided not to move forward at this time with a proposed 170-foot wide, 84-mile transmission line that would have bisected Hancock and Washington Counties, running between Orrington, north of Bangor, and Baileyville, on the New Brunswick border. This massive new transmission line was strongly Read More