Monday, 07 January 2019 14:20

Renewable energy a priority for Mills

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PORTLAND (WGME) - Maine's new governor said she wants to make renewable energy a priority for her administration -- and solar energy companies are responding.

"Tonight I say enough. Enough with studies, talk and debate. It is time to act," Gov. Janet Mills said at a recent gathering in Portland.


Mills said that clean energy is in Maine's future.


"When you drive by the Blaine House in the next few weeks, look for the new solar panels that we are going to install," she said. It is something solar energy experts say is exciting.


Renewable Energy Consultant Nick Mazuroski called Mills' position on the issue "a great opportunity for the state. Really excited to see, you know, all the talk about it ... Any good policy is going to promote a diverse mix so you aren't tied to one fuel, but solar can play a really large role in that."


Officials with Revision Energy in Portland said they are "cautiously optimistic" about solar policy, saying the LePage administration was trying to 'drown' solar policy in the bathtub.


Former Gov. Paul LePage said he was pro-environment but heavily against the way the Public Utilities Commission structured payments for homes with solar panels.


Some experts have said costs were a problem but now say that prices are coming down, making solar power a more affordable option.