Maine Gov. Mills introduces 100% renewables bill

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.

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