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Clean energy for all homes in Maine — all credit goes to conservation groups with a green dream.

Conservation and labor groups are pushing for a law that could boost Maine’s offshore energy production.

According to AP News, Maine currently has a plan in place for floating offshore wind research off its coast. This plan is currently moving through government approvals, so offshore wind energy production is years away.

“Democratic Sen. Mark Lawrence of York, co-chair of the Legislature’s energy committee, told the Portland Press Herald on Tuesday that expanding offshore wind “will provide the clean energy we need to stabilize electricity prices and meet Maine’s ambitious climate goals.” The proposal also has the backing of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council.”

A proposal before the Maine Legislature needs state authorities to procure 2.8 gigawatts of wind energy over the next 12 years. This amount of energy is enough to power almost a million homes in a state with less than 1.4 million residents. 

Democratic Governor Janet Mills also supports wind power and wants to balance the growth of the industry with commercial fishing. Hopefully, the legislature will pass soon, so residents of Maine can get clean power.

Marina is passionate about sustainability and works to help ensure our planet stays as our home for a long time. She takes part in environmental conservation by recycling and not buying single-use plastic.

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