Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills on Tuesday unveiled a bill that would require the state to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2050.
LR 2478 sets a benchmark requirement of 80% renewables by 2030 and establishes a climate change council to “mitigate, prepare for and adapt to” climate change. The bill also sets greenhouse gas emissions goals, aiming to reduce emissions 45% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% by 2050.
The governor’s move is the latest in a dramatic shift away from the former administration’s stance on clean energy legislation, which has been described as “openly hostile” by renewables advocates in the state.