Clean Energy Partnership

Maine’s Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) was establishClean Energy Partnership Logoed to advance Maine’s clean energy, climate, economic development, and workforce goals – including Governor Janet Mills' goal of more than doubling Maine’s clean energy and energy efficiency jobs by 2030.

Maine’s clean energy sector is poised to become a global leader. By engaging with leaders across government, education and industry, the Clean Energy Partnership will support the continued growth of the state's clean energy economy by preparing and expanding our clean energy workforce, as well as supporting innovation of clean tech products and services.

Through the CEP, which is supported by the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan, the GEO will work with leading experts to sustain attention and promote collaboration to address emerging needs, build new and expand existing supply chains, and support opportunities for Maine in these fast-growing fields. This public-private partnership will play a critical role in Maine’s economic recovery and growth.

To advise this work, the GEO has convened an Advisory Group which will meet regularly to inform the work of this initiative. Future meetings of the Advisory Group will be listed here on the GEO's public meeting calendar.

For more information about the Partnership, contact Clean Energy Partnership Program Manager Tagwongo Obomsawin at tagwongo.obomsawin@maine.gov


About the Clean Energy Partnership: 

Workforce: In November of 2020, the GEO and the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future released a report, Strengthening Maine's Clean Energy Economy (PDF), a detailed analysis of the momentum within Maine’s clean energy economy, and how the sector is emerging as a source of economic growth and workforce opportunities to help the state’s recovery from the economic disruption of COVID-19. This report showed that Maine had approximately 14,000 workers in clean energy fields with 8,900 working in energy efficiency alone.

In December of 2020, Governor Mills welcomed Maine’s climate action plan, Maine Won’t Wait, and established a target of more than doubling Maine’s clean energy and energy efficiency jobs to 30,000 by 2030.

Innovation: Announced on Earth Day 2021 by Governor Mills, the Maine Clean Energy Innovation Challenge was created to support companies with products or technologies that reduce carbon emissions, increase renewable energy, and grow Maine’s clean energy economy.

A joint initiative of the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) and the GEO, innovative Maine companies in Biddeford and Wiscasset engaged in developing clean energy technology were each awarded $250,000 in 2021.


Advisory Group

The Clean Energy Partnership is guided by an Advisory Group, which includes members from clean energy and energy efficiency companies, academic institutions, labor and workforce organizations, construction firms, technology experts, and representatives from state government. The Advisory Group members are appointed by the GEO and represent a range of key perspectives. This group will guide the development of workforce development and innovation efforts in clean energy and energy efficiency fields in Maine.

Co-chairs:

  • Dan Burgess, Governor's Energy Office
  • Jake Ward, University of Maine System

Members:

  • Hannah Pingree, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future
  • Heather Johnson & Charlotte Mace, Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Laura Fortman & Samantha Dina, Department of Labor
  • Matt Marks, Associated General Contractors of Maine
  • Matt Kearns, Longroad Energy
  • Fortunat Mueller, ReVision Energy
  • Richard Burbank, Maine Building Performance Association
  • Amanda Dwelley, E2 Tech Representative
  • Dan Belyea, Maine Community College System
  • Jason Shedlock, Maine State Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Francis Eanes, Maine Labor Climate Council
  • Nathan Post, Roux Institute
  • Andy Lubershane, Energy Impact Partners
  • Brian Whitney, Maine Technology Institute
  • Dwight Littlefield, Department of Education

How to get involved

All Advisory Group meetings will be noticed in advance on the State of Maine’s Public Calendar. Relevant materials from each meeting will be posted below. To be placed on the interested parties list for meeting notifications and materials, email tagwongo.obomsawin@maine.gov

Meeting materials are posted below. View a list of all upcoming meetings. 

May 17, 2022: Advisory Council Meeting

CEP – Advisory Group Presentation (PDF)