Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard Drives Clean Energy Economy

Maine is a pioneer in the development of clean energy, especially wind, biomass, and hydropower. The state has the highest renewable portfolio standard in the country, requiring 40 percent of electricity to come from clean energy sources by 2017—approximately double the goal of most of the other 28 states with similar policies. Maine also has a wind capacity goal of 8 gigawatts by 2030, 5 GW of which must come from offshore. Today, half of the electricity generated in Maine is from renewable power, with 1.8 GW of installed capacity.

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