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Mainers are an independent lot, with a strong sense of place and unwavering devotion to their communities. Local governments, run by and for the people, enjoy a great deal of autonomy within Maine’s long tradition of home rule. In Maine, municipalities have both the capacity and responsibility to make wise and innovative choices about how to use public funds. Choices about which energy resources a town should use can help clean the air, protect public health, and promote energy independence.

Such choices do not have to be all or nothing. The Maine Green Power Connection can help you take first steps to green power, offering technical help and publicity for your green power selection. See below for MeGPC’s many resources.

By choosing green power you can join one of the many local, state or national campaigns against climate change. You can demonstrate your civic commitment to the health of your people and environment, and spread the word about electricity choice. Your town and local government will distinguish itself as a place that truly cares...

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"As elected officials, we on the City Council have a moral obligation and personal responsibility to care for the place we live"
– Providence City Council President John J. Lombardi

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Key Articles and References for Maine Towns
  • The Governor’s Carbon Challenge Governor Baldacci challenges Maine to reduce carbon emissions. Maine was the first state to turn this regional agreement into law, and now a growing number of businesses and organizations are signing on. For a list of participants, including Portland, Saco, Hallowell, and Camden click here.

  • Letter from Municipal Officials Fifty-eight Northeast mayors and municipal officials back the governors' efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Mayor Jill Duson of Portland and Town Manager Richard Davis of Farmington have already signed it.

  • U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection agreement As of October 14th, 2005, 185 U.S. mayors have endorsed this agreement, which aims to reduce global warming pollution levels to 7% below 1990 levels by 2012, using technology such wind and solar energy, efficient motor vehicles, and biofuels. For more information on U.S. mayors' efforts, click here.

  • Climate Change in Maine Maine’s natural resources are the backbone of our economy and the largest industries in Maine, including tourism. This document outlines the effects of climate change on our state and natural resources.

  • EPA’s Guide to Green Power This comprehensive document helps clarify green power and green power purchasing.

Links of Interest to Towns
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet This organization creates partnerships in the Northeast to implement solutions to climate change and build constituencies for effective climate policies and actions.

  • SmartPower A nationwide, non-profit marketing campaign promoting clean energy. SmartPower is encouraging municipalities to have 20% of their energy supply come from clean, renewable sources by 2010, and has already made great progress in the state of Connecticut.

  • Cities for Climate Protection Campaign The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is organizing communities to help protect the environment. A number of New England towns have already signed on, including Augusta, Farmington and Portland, Maine.

  • The US Department of Energy’s Green Power Network Useful tools for municipalities including links to a wide array of publications, lists of green power purchasers, state regulations and the latest green power news.

  • EPA Green Power Partnership A Guide to Buying and Benefiting from Green Power.

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