Report | Environment Maine Research and Policy Center

Lighting the Way III

Per capita solar power capacity grew 37 percent in Maine last year, according to a new report by Environment Maine Research & Policy Center. The growth rate put the state 21st in the country for solar power capacity per person added in 2014, behind its neighbors in New England neighbors New Hampshire and Vermont, 3rd and 4th in the country for solar capacity per capita added last year.

 Lighting the Way III: The top ten states that helped drive America’s solar energy boom says every state in the country gets enough sun to meet its energy needs many times over, but the states who ranked the highest for solar per capita were those with policies that allow increasing numbers of homeowners, businesses, communities and utilities to “go solar.”

Report | Environment Maine Research and Policy Center

Summer Fun Index

Clean water is at the heart of summertime fun for many Mainers. We swim at a favorite creek, fish in a nearby river, sail or kayak on the lake, or simply hike along a beautiful stream. As the summer draws to a close, Environment Maine Research & Policy Center’s second annual Summer Fun Index provides a numerical snapshot of people engaging in water activities.

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

10 Ways to Help Your City Go Solar

Last month's Shining Cities report detailed how cities are good for solar and solar is good for cities. We've seen some impressive strides across the nation to momentously expand our solar capabilities. But we're not where we need to be yet. To obtain a clean energy future your cities and towns need to do even more. Here's how to push them in the right direction! 

Take the 1st step by signing a letter to your decision makers here! 

Report | Environment Maine Research and Policy Center

Dangerous Inheritance

As a result of global warming, young Americans today are growing up in a different climate than their parents and grandparents experienced. It is warmer than it used to be. Storms pack more of a punch. Rising seas increasingly flood low-lying land. Large wildfires have grown bigger, more frequent and more expensive to control. People are noticing changes in their own backyards, no matter where they live.

Report | Environment Maine Research & Policy Center

More Wind, Less Warming

American wind power already produced enough energy in 2013 to power 15 million homes. Continued, rapid development of wind energy would allow the renewable resource to supply 30 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030, providing more than enough carbon reductions to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

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