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clean energy for maine

Together, let’s make Maine healthier by reducing carbon emissions.

For centuries, humans have harnessed the energy created by river currents to power rudimentary machinery. In the late 1800s, the modern water turbine was created — and the world’s first hydroelectric plant. Since that time, hydropower has been embraced the world over as a clean, renewable source of energy to power nearly every facet of our lives.

Today, with Casco Bay warming faster than 99% of the world’s oceans, Maine needs clean, renewable energy more than ever. As anyone who’s been around for a while can tell, winter just isn’t what it used to be. So, if we want to slow the effects and rate of Earth’s temperature increase, Maine needs to reduce its dependence on CO2 emitting fossil fuels and instead turn to renewable energy sources like wind, solar and hydropower.

Wind, solar and hydro are all clean and renewable. All three play a big role in Maine’s energy future.

The Big Three

As you’ve no doubt seen in the news, solar power is leading the way to help Maine reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. There are promising developments on the wind front, too, with a number of new, off-shore wind projects gaining traction. But for Maine, and all of New England, to truly make the switch to renewable energy, a reliable and flexible source needs to be part of the equation. The solution is hydropower.

Billions of gallons of rainwater, stored in reservoirs, are what fuel the creation of hydroelectricity. Hydropower is at the ready when the sun’s not shining and the wind’s not blowing. So, it’s the natural choice to buddy up with wind and solar. Together, these clean power sources can help Maine take significant strides towards reducing its fossil fuel consumption and the damaging side effects that come along with it.

Maine can break free from the fossils’ trap

Maine currently leads New England in wind generation, and solar power is growing exponentially, but smokestacks still dirty our air as the burning of CO2 producing fossil fuels is still needed to provide for all of the state’s electricity needs. There are people and organizations — in and out of state — who are committed to keeping it that way by continuing to spread misinformation. It’s inconceivable that anyone would argue that the burning of fossil fuels to augment energy generated by solar and wind would somehow make sense. But that’s exactly what they’re doing.

Graph showing that the consumption of traditional biofuels are in decline since 2005 unlike solar, wind, hydro power and other renewables.

renewable energy consumption, world

Renewable energy consumption measured in terawatt-hour(TWh) per year. Traditional biofuels refer to the consumption of fuelwood, forestry products, animal and agricultural wastes.

Source:
Vaclav Smill (2017) & BP Statistical Review of Global Energy(2020)

Graph showing that the consumption of traditional biofuels are in decline since 2005 unlike solar, wind, hydro power and other renewables.

renewable energy consumption, world

Renewable energy consumption measured in terawatt-hour(TWh) per year. Traditional biofuels refer to the consumption of fuelwood, forestry products, animal and agricultural wastes.

Source: Vaclav Smill (2017) & BP Statistical Review of Global Energy(2020)
Graph showing that the consumption of traditional biofuels are in decline since 2005 unlike solar, wind, hydro power and other renewables.

  • Hydropower
  • Solar
  • Other renewable
  • Wind
  • Traditional biofuels

power to change

We all know the importance of reducing CO2 emissions and the impact that will have on the health of Maine’s forests, Maine’s waterways, Maine’s wildlife and Maine’s people. And fortunately for all of the above, change is in the air. Wind, solar and hydropower are Maine’s clean energy future. We believe, that’s a future we can all get behind.

Hydro-Quebec

About Hydro-Québec

Hydro-Québec is the leading provider of clean, renewable energy in North America. As greenhouse gases know no borders, we supply our clean, hydroelectricity to neighboring states, like Maine, to help reduce our collective carbon footprint. A committed member of the communities we serve, Hydro-Québec enjoys consistently high customer approval ratings — at 94%. More information on the company can be found on its website,
www.hydroquebec.com

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