Green Power: Security Benefits
Green power harnesses local energy sources that will never run out,
thereby promoting self reliance and energy independence.
Reliable, Home-grown Energy
Maine has an abundance of hydropower, biomass, wind and solar
resources. If all Maine's renewable energy facilities were in production,
nearly half of Maine's total electricity demand could be met. This would
also displace the equivalent of 9.5 Million barrels of oil, much of which is currently imported to New England.
Among the United States, Maine is not unusual in its unnecessary
addiction to foreign sources of energy. Green power is a market-based
approach to weaning our country from this dangerous dependence.
Decentralized, Robust and Secure
Renewable energy units are generally smaller than
traditional generation facilities. They are also located in areas
where the resource exists - on small rivers, ridgelines, hilltops and
even rooftops. Renewables are usually clustered, so if one is down
for repair, others remain in production. Investing in a wind farm
instead of a natural gas power plant, for example, locks in a
dependable, domestic source of electricity that offers protection
against the vagaries of natural gas suppliers. Wind farms are also
likely to be multi-unit facilities, and therefore more difficult to
completely disable by sabotage or terrorism.
Generating electricity from sustainable sources
prevents a dangerous reliance on foreign sources of energy - sources
that could be interrupted and will eventually be exhausted.