Maine Passes State-Level Green New Deal for Workforce Development

By [email protected] A Maine bill framed as the state’s own Green New Deal passed its final legislative hurdle on Tuesday.

Originally mandating an 80 percent renewable portfolio standard for electricity providers by 2040, the latest version of the bill does not include that goal. Other legislation with an RPS is also being considered in Maine.

The final wording instead focuses on workforce initiatives for the state. It requires that the construction of grid-scale generation employ a certain percentage of people from an apprenticeship program, and provides solar installations on newly built schools.

Much like the federal Green New Deal, Maine’s legislation centers a

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