Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Friday the latest round of grants awarded through the state’s Community Resilience Partnership, which since its inception in December 2021 has awarded nearly $6.1 million in grants to companies , local governments and nonprofits under the banner of climate change.
This round of grants awards $2.4 million to 53 communities across Maine, including the Penobscot Nation, Long Island, Camden, and Fryeburg.
“Maine’s work to address climate change is reducing costs for Maine people, creating new jobs and career opportunities, strengthening our communities, and protecting our precious environment,” Gov. Mills said in a Friday press release.
Mills’ climate change policies include the controversial Net Energy Billing (NEB) changes in 2019 which subsidized community solar installations by increasing electricity bills for Maine resident.
Electricity prices in Maine are the 6th highest in the country.
“I am proud that Maine people have followed the bold vision we outlined in our climate action plan, Maine Won’t Wait, to transition to clean energy and to ensure that their communities can withstand the effects of climate change,” Mills said.
The Governor’s announcement was made Friday at a meeting of the Maine Climate Council, a 39-member assembly of scientists, industry leaders, and bipartisan local and state officials that Mills created in 2019.
The Maine Climate Council is set to deliver an updated four-year climate action plan by December 2024 — supported in part by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that came as part of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.
“Through the Community Resilience Partnership, 174 communities across Maine are working to transition to clean energy, strengthen their critical infrastructure to withstand the impacts of climate change, and plan for future climate investments and actions based on local priorities,” said Hannah Pingree and Melanie Loyzim, co-chairs of the Maine Climate Council.
“We are grateful for the efforts of our community and regional partners on this program and look forward to continuing to advance local and regional climate solutions with them into the future,” they added.
Earlier this year, Mills committed to transitioning Maine to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.
A full list of the grants recipients and projects can be found here.