Environment & Energy Report

New Maine Governor Seen as Providing Big Boost to Renewables

Nov. 7, 2018, 11:46 PM

Maine’s reputation for being unfriendly to renewable energy will end when Democratic Gov.-elect Janet Mills takes office, environmentalists, lawmakers and renewable business executives said.

Mills, who won against Republican Shawn Moody, 50 percent to 43 percent, ran on a platform that included ramping up renewable energy in the state. The state Senate also flipped to Democratic control, putting the party in charge of the state Legislature.

Gov. Paul LePage (R), in office since 2010, has been outspoken about his lack of enthusiasm for, and sometimes outright antipathy toward, public subsidies and other programs to boost the development...

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