Maine Audubon supports policies that transition Maine to a clean energy economy. Advancements in solar, wind, and other renewable energy technologies mean that achieving 100% renewable energy consumption in Maine by 2050 can happen if we work collaboratively, diligently, and in the best interests of Maine’s people and wildlife alike.
Our Nov. 2019 report, Renewable Energy and Wildlife in Maine: Avoiding, Minimizing, and Mitigating Impacts to Wildlife and Habitat from Solar, Wind, and Transmission Facilities, describes the vulnerability of Maine’s wildlife and habitats to climate change driven by fossil fuel emissions and advocates for swiftly, but thoughtfully, replacing fossil fuels used to generate electricity with renewable energy sources.
The report describes the potential impacts to wildlife and their habitats from the siting, construction, and operations of a select portion of new renewable energy infrastructure. Specifically, it addresses onshore and offshore wind power, solar power, and transmission projects. The report also outlines policy considerations that Maine Audubon recommends Maine regulators, developers, and policy makers adopt in order to avoid, minimize, and mitigate those impacts.
- Renewable Energy and Wildlife in Maine–Executive Summary (pdf)
- Renewable Energy and Wildlife in Maine–Full Report (pdf)
Our Climate Spotlight series in the fall of 2020 featured some of Maine’s most innovative thinkers, businesses, and conservationists to discuss issues around climate change in Maine. Click on the titles to watch the recordings (on YouTube).
Getting Involved in Community Solar
Tom Sweeney, Clean Energy Co | Allen and Elissa Armstrong & David Kuchta, community solar farm members
Maine Forests as Natural Climate Solutions
Dr. Adam Daigneault, University of Maine | Sally Stockwell, Maine Audubon
Transportation: Maine’s Biggest Emissions Challenge
Emily Green, Conservation Law Foundation | Barry Woods, ReVision Energy
Starting at Home: Energy Efficient Buildings
Kathleen Meil, Maine Conservation Voters | Dana Fischer, Mitsubishi | Vaughan Woodruff, Insource Renewables
The Latest from the Maine Climate Council
Dr. Cassaundra Rose, Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future | Dr. Amanda Cross, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife | Eliza Donoghue, Maine Audubon