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Our Environment. WIND FOR ME. Wind power is helping to make Maine more self-sufficient and less vulnerable to fluctuations in the price of fossil fuels.

WIND FOR ME

Wind provides good jobs and economic opportunity for individuals and communities across Maine, and wind farms are helping protect our planet by reducing the need to burn fossil fuels to generate electricity. There are currently 200+ turbines constructed and under contract in Maine. The total investment in Maine based projects to date is more than $1 billion. Green Power. Energy is one of the most basic elements of our society today - it powers our homes, businesses and even our vehicles.

Green Power

However, energy production has become the major source of air pollution in the United States, harming our health and our environment. Gas, coal and other fossil fuels are the primary sources used in the production of electricity and are considered non-renewables (i.e. they cannot be easily replenished). In the case of electricity generation, Green Power is generated using renewable resources, those that can be used sustainably; i.e. replenished at a rate equal to or less than the rate at which they are used, with the goal of having a lighter environmental impact and reducing harmful emissions.

Sources of green or renewable electricity include such sources as solar, wind, biomass, hydro, geothermal or municipal solid waste. Two Contrasting Views Of Our Energy Future. The issue of where we will get our energy from in the coming decades is becoming ever more urgent.

Two Contrasting Views Of Our Energy Future

CO2 is accumulating in the atmosphere at alarming rates, and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently stated that the majority of known reserves of fossil fuels will need to be left in the ground if we are to have a chance at keeping warming below two degrees Celsius. This effectively means that fossil fuels must be phased out as soon as possible. Green Inventions That Could Change The Way We Live. In 2013, we’re all aware of the environmental dangers that the planet is currently facing.

Green Inventions That Could Change The Way We Live

The trouble, however, is that not enough is currently being done about it. Thankfully, there are small, relatively new inventions that are already on the market that, if bought by everyone, could help the planet in a big way as well as having the potential to change the way that we live. Solar Panels Solar panels were quite expensive 10 years ago, but the price of this super green electricity option has dropped tremendously in the past few years. Since 2000, the price of solar panels in the US have dropped 70%. For those who don’t want to drop the down payment on a solar panel system, or get a loan for one, there are also solar leasing options in several places now that can reduce your electricity bill from Day 1 (and forever after save you money on electricity). Haven’t looked into going solar lately? LED Lighting White Goat Machines 3D Printers. 4 Green Gifts That Will Keep Green In Your Pocket. You often have to invest money (or time, which is money) in order to make money.

4 Green Gifts That Will Keep Green In Your Pocket

Some investments are smaller and have quicker payoffs, while some investments are larger and have longer (though, often more significant) payoffs. 11/14/2013: Maine Companies Honored by Northeast Diesel Collaborative for Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution. Release Date: 11/14/2013Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017 (Boston, Mass. – Nov. 14, 2013) – Two Portland Maine businesses recently were praised by an EPA partnership for their efforts to reduce air pollution from diesel emissions.

11/14/2013: Maine Companies Honored by Northeast Diesel Collaborative for Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution

The Northeast Diesel Collaborative – a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state agencies, and private and nonprofit groups – recognized Oakhurst Dairy and Maine Standard Biofuels, both of Portland, for their outstanding leadership and efforts in reducing diesel emissions. Scottish power: rich in green energy but light on green revenues. So Scotland could be the Saudi Arabia of renewables.

Scottish power: rich in green energy but light on green revenues

It has natural energy resources the envy of Europe, with 25% of the EU's offshore wind and tidal power potential and 10% of its wave power potential, and some 90% of the UK's hydro capacity. Alex Salmond was keen to stress how significant those resources could be for Scotland, and for his case for independence, when he addressed the Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit in New York on Tuesday: Our energy resources can power much of Europe; our energy innovation can power the world.

It's a time for Scotland - working with nations and companies from across the planet – to become the intellectual powerhouse of green energy. Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Farms sprout in cities. Farming in the city is already happening on the small scale.

Farms sprout in cities

The Science Barge in New York City, shown here, grows tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers and other crops in greenhouses. President Talks "Homegrown Energy" President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting after touring the Gamesa Technology Corporation wind-energy turbine manufacturing facility April 6, 2011 in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania.

President Talks "Homegrown Energy"

(Photo: AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN) By the year 2035, 80 per cent of the electricity used in the United States should be generated from clean energy sources, said President Barack Obama in a speech on Wednesday. President Obama visited the Gamesa Wind Turbine factory in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania to talk about an alternative energy policy he unveiled last week. Obama hopes to cut back U.S. dependence on foreign oil imports and regain America's leadership as an innovator of technology.

"I love visiting places where people are actually making stuff, because that's what America is about," Obama told Gamesa employees and their families. The importance of reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil has become more apparent to U.S. consumers recently. "We'll become more energy independent," he said. Alternative Energy. Wind Farms Disrupting Radar, Scientists Say.

Rainstorm or wind farm?

Wind Farms Disrupting Radar, Scientists Say

The circled area contains a wind farm, making it unclear whether it is also raining there.National Weather Service. Pros & Cons of Solar Energy. Below is an in depth list of the pros and cons of solar energy. These pros and cons will cover areas such as solar energy for the home, and the industrial use of solar power. You may also like to take a look at our page dedicated to the advantages of solar power. Solar Energy Pros: