We all know about clean, local energy like solar and wind. But there’s another form of clean energy: energy efficiency. Because the cleanest, cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use at all.
While the Commonwealth ranks first in the nation in energy efficiency, it could be doing more to save families and businesses money while cutting pollution.
Maine’s newly elected governor and legislature delivered on critical new laws that will cut climate-damaging emissions, protect Maine’s families and children from toxic chemicals, clean up our rivers, and save energy – all while creating jobs, growing new industries, and strengthening the economy.
Managing demand is the cleanest way to meet energy needs.
“The disastrous effects of climate change are at our front door and we must take aggressive action to reduce our emissions to zero by 2050,” said Greg Cunningham, Vice President and Director of CLF’s Clean Energy and Climate Change program. “The Clean Energy Connect project will significantly reduce New England’s climate-damaging emissions by providing low-carbon electricity and decreasing our reliance on natural gas.”
CLF issued a brief statement on behalf of president Bradley Campbell, saying the project has the potential “to be a major win” for the climate and for families and businesses throughout New England. Central Maine Power, Campbell said, appears willing to make the necessary concessions to generate broad support.
Energy efficiency cuts harmful carbon pollution cheaply and helps keep families safe and warm. That’s why we’ve been working hard on the efficiency beat in New Hampshire, which still ranks last in the region for the effectiveness of its energy efficiency programs. This poor ranking means we’re paying a lot more than we need to…
CLF partnered with maritime companies to secure our sixth EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant, helping another New Bedford ship replace its existing inefficient diesel engine with a new, cleaner one. This project reduces emissions and improves the air quality for New Bedford residents.
Global climate change has real effects here at home, including creating more intense winter storms. Try these practical ways to stay warm at home while reducing your energy costs.
Transportation Advocates Commend States’ Announcement to Develop Regional Program to Modernize Transportation and Reduce Vehicle Pollution
“The health and economic well-being of people and our planet depend on bold action today to create a transportation system for the future,” said Amy Laura Cahn, director, Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice program at Conservation Law Foundation. “Environmental justice communities have the fewest resources to adapt to the impacts of climate change but have long borne the greatest burdens of pollution and transportation inequity. We welcome a regional problem-solving approach, but our most disadvantaged residents must have a seat at the table.”