January 23, 2024 (PORTLAND, ME) – Maine’s Joint Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology will hear testimony on a bill today to address customer costs, climate impacts, and negative health effects associated with gas infrastructure expansion. LD 2077 would limit gas utilities passing along expenses to customers, explore the impacts of fossil gas, and study the use of district geothermal energy as an alternative technology for home heating. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement supporting the bill.
“Fossil gas is polluting our planet and harming Mainers right in their own homes,” said Emily K. Green, Senior Attorney at CLF Maine. “We can’t keep talking out of both sides of our mouths, setting aggressive climate mandates while allowing gas utilities to carry on with business as usual. It’s past time to take a hard look at the ever-expanding gas network and plot our transition away from fossil fuels for good, and this bill is a great step in that direction.”
CLF experts are available for further comment.