Maine Government News
Maine Represented at New England Governors and Canadian Premiers Conference
July 30, 2012
Energy Cooperation and Development with NE and Canada a primary focus at meeting
For Immediate Release: Monday, July 30, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage announced today that Kenneth Fletcher, the Director of Governor LePage’s Energy Office, is attending the 36th annual New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Conference (NEG-ECP). Burlington, Vermont is hosting the convention which began Sunday and will continue until early Tuesday.
Mr. Fletcher will discuss a multitude of energy issues and initiatives. A key topic will be the opportunities for New England States and Eastern Canadian Provinces to curb energy costs through cooperation on energy development.
“The meetings and discussions Ken is participating in will be crucial to advancing our energy agenda next legislative session,” said Governor LePage. “My administration is going to continue to work tirelessly to lower Maine’s energy costs and make the state more business-friendly.”
Another major focus of the NEG-ECP Convention is to explore and discuss renewable energy sources such as hydro, biomass, and wind power. Maine leads New England in this arena, meeting nearly 50 percent of our energy needs with renewable sources – well above the national average of 13 percent. Other New England States are attempting to catch up to Maine by setting aggressive renewable energy goals and are exploring means to acquire renewable energy supplies.
“We are looking at all forms of energy. Giving Mainers options in where they buy their energy will help curtail our high energy prices,” said Fletcher. “By providing choices to the market, we can empower Maine people to take control of their energy fate.”