News & Events

The Governor's Energy Office (GEO) is committed to involved stakeholder engagement and public information sharing. GEO holds meetings related to current studies, reports, and stakeholder efforts. Announcements, executive orders, and other relevant news will be posted here.

April 17, 2024: New England States Seek Federal Funding for Significant Investments in Transmission and Energy Storage Infrastructure

March 15, 2024: Governor Mills, U.S. Senators Collins & King, and Rep. Pingree Announce Federal Decision to Exclude Critical Maine Fishing Grounds from Commercial Offshore Wind Leasing

February 27, 2024: Governor Mills, U.S. Department of Energy Announce $10 Million Federal Grant to Support Energy Efficiency and Workforce Investments in Rural Maine

February 20, 2024Governor Mills Announces Sears Island as Preferred Site for Port to Support Floating Offshore Wind

February 12, 2024: Governor Mills Announces Nearly $6.5 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Grants to Upgrade Electric Grid and Support Rural Economic Development

February 9, 2024Governor Mills Announces $4.4 Million Grant to Opportunity to Increase Electrical Grid Resilience to Extreme Storms

December 5, 2023Governor Mills Announces $1.3 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Grants To Advance Innovative Clean Energy Businesses

November 21, 2023: Additional Financial Support for Electricity Bills Available to Maine Residents this Winter

November 14, 2023: Governor’s Energy Office Seeks Proposals to Conduct Research on Offshore Wind in Gulf of Maine

November 9, 2023Governor's Energy Office Releases Updated Guide to Help Maine People Save Money and Stay Warm This Winter

October 2, 2023: GEO Welcomes United Kingdom Delegation to Maine to Advance Partnership on Floating Offshore Wind

September 25, 2023: New England States Issue Invitational Call for Innovative Project Design Concepts in Pursuit of Federal Funding

September 20, 2023: Governor Mills Announces $6.5 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Program for Electric Grid Upgrades to Support Rural Economic Development

September 9, 2023: GEO Releases Draft Solar for All Program Framework for Public Comment

July 27, 2023: Governor Mills Signs Bill to Create Jobs, Advance Clean Energy and Fight Climate Change Through Responsible Offshore Wind

July 21, 2023: After Maine Surpasses 100,000 Heat Pump Goal Two Years Ahead of Schedule, Governor Mills Sets New, Ambitious Target

July 19, 2023: GEO Releases Clean Energy Partnership RFP: Clean Energy Incubators, Accelerators and Business Support Services

June 16, 2023: Maine Joins Multi-State Request for Federal Support to Establish Interregional Transmission Planning Collaborative (Letter, PDF)

June 13, 2023: Maine's Congressional Delegation, Governor Mills Ask Federal Agency in Charge of Offshore Wind Leasing to Listen to the Voices of Maine Fishermen

June 12, 2023: State of Maine Comments on BOEM’s Call for Information and Nominations on Commercial Leasing for Wind Energy Development on the Gulf of Maine Outer Continental Shelf

February 23, 2023: Mills Administration Releases Comprehensive Plan to Responsibly Advance Offshore Wind in Maine

January 31, 2023: Mills Administration Statement on PUC’s Approval of Northern Maine Renewable Energy Projects

January 19, 2023Mills Administration Welcomes Federal Decision to Advance State’s Lease for Floating Offshore Wind Research Site

2022

October 13, 2022Governor’s Energy Office releases updated guide to help Maine people save money and stay warm this winter

August 4, 2022: Letters to President (PDF) and Congressional Leaders (PDF) Regarding Reinvesting in Shoreline Economies and Ecosystems Act (RISEE) of 2021.

July 29, 2022: Governor Mills Presses for Increased Funding & Expanded Eligibility for Federal Heating Assistance Amid High Prices to Help Maine People Stay Warm This Winter

June 17, 2022: Governor Mills & Efficiency Maine Announce $15 Million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiative to Cut Energy Costs in Schools and Public Buildings

June 14, 2022: Mills Administration Statement on PUC’s Electricity Rate Decrease Due to Renewable Energy 

March 28, 2022: Governor's Energy Office releases Energy Storage Market Assessment

March 9, 2022: Governor’s Energy Office encourages Maine people to explore programs that offer relief from rising energy prices

Feb. 17, 2022Mills Administration, Public Advocate Applaud PUC Approval of Utility Bill Credit to 90,000 Low-Income Maine Households

Feb. 9, 2022: Mills Administration, Public Advocate Submit Plan to Offer Utility Bill Credit to 90,000 Low-Income Maine Households

Feb. 2, 2022: Governor Mills Unveils Legislation To Improve Maine's Electric Utilities, Enhance Accountability, and Protect Maine Ratepayers

Jan. 20, 2022: Letter to BOEM from Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire regarding support for offshore wind research

2021

Dec. 15, 2021: ‘Clean Transportation’ plan offers strategies to accelerate electric vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Maine

Nov. 23, 2021: Mills Administration Announces Steps to Prepare for Offshore Wind Investments at Maine’s Ports

Nov. 5, 2021: Governor’s Energy Office releases guide to help Maine people save money and stay warm this winter

Nov. 5, 2021: BOEM Urged to Involve Maine Fishermen in Federal Plans for Commercial Offshore Wind in Gulf of Maine

Nov. 4, 2021Governor Mills Announces Initiatives to Cut Energy Costs for Maine Families and Strengthen Clean Energy Workforce

Oct. 1, 2021: Governor’s Energy Office Submits Federal Lease Application for Floating Offshore Wind Research Site

Sept. 24, 2021: For Climate Week, Governor Mills Celebrates Maine's Progress Toward Installing 100,000 Heat Pumps by 2025

Sept. 22, 2021: William Harwood joins Governor's Energy Office as Senior Advisor for Regulatory Affairs

Sept. 20, 2021: Governor Mills Proclaims September 20-24 as Clean Energy Week in Maine

Aug. 16, 2021: Two Maine Technology Companies to Each Receive $250,000 in Maine Clean Energy Innovation Challenge

Aug. 9, 2021: Mills Administration Responds to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report

July 12, 2021: Gulf of Maine Floating Offshore Wind Research Array: Preferred Site

July 7, 2021: Governor Mills Signs Legislation Prohibiting Offshore Wind Projects in State Waters

April 28, 2021: Mills Administration Introduces Bill to Prohibit Offshore Wind in Maine’s Heavily Fished Waters For 10 Years

April 22, 2021 Governor Mills Announces $500,000 Innovation Challenge to Spur Clean Energy Start-Ups, Create Jobs

March 4, 2021: State leaders unite to support Maine clean-energy entrepreneurs

Feb. 25, 2021: Maine joins national offshore wind research consortium

Feb. 8, 2021: Letter from Governor Mills to the Maine Public Utilities Commission

Jan. 25, 2021: Governor Mills Announces Actions to Advance Floating Offshore Wind Research Array in Gulf of Maine

Jan. 15, 2021: Governor Mills Welcomes PUC’s Request for Proposals to Further Develop Clean Energy in Maine

2020

Dec. 10, 2020: Maine and United Kingdom Sign Agreement to Advance Partnership on Clean Energy, Climate Change

Dec. 4, 2020: Floating Offshore Wind Research Array Initial Stakeholder Webinar Dates Announced and Open for Registration

Nov. 20, 2020: Governor Mills Announces Intent to Expand Research and Development of Floating Offshore Wind in Maine

November 9, 2020: Mills Administration Releases Report on Strengthening Maine’s Clean Energy Economy

October 1, 2020: U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2.166 Million to Support Development of Offshore Wind Power Industry in Maine

July 10, 2020: Governor Mills Secures Discounted Electricity for Maine from Hydro-Quebec | HQ – GEO Commitment (PDF)

June 15, 2020: Governor Mills Files Letter to FERC Opposing Petition to Alter Net Metering (PDF)

March 11, 2020: Governor Mills Announces Assessment of Mack Point Terminal in Searsport to Support Growth of Renewable Energy Industry

January 14, 2020: Governor Mills Announces New Rebates for Maine People & Businesses to Install High Performance Heat Pumps

2019

Dec 31, 2019: YEAR ONE: Expanding Health Care, Strengthening the Economy & Protecting the Environment - First Year of Governor Mills’ Administration Forges Progress for Maine 

Nov 26, 2019: Governor Mills Signs Executive Order Directing State Government to Lead By Example in Embracing Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Measures 

Nov 5, 2019: Governor Mills Applauds PUC’s Approval of Maine Aqua Ventus Contract

September 23, 2019: Speaking Before The United Nations, Governor Mills Announces Maine Will Be Carbon Neutral by 2045

June 19, 2019: Governor Mills Signs Bill to Advance Offshore Wind Demonstration Project, Announces Maine Offshore Wind Initiative

June 14, 2019: Governor Mills Signs Bill Promoting Energy Efficient Heat Pumps in Maine

May 24, 2019: Governor Mills Declares National Clean Energy Week in Maine 

April 2, 2019: Governor Mills Signs Legislation to Restore Net Metering & Incentivize Growth of Solar Power in Maine

March 21, 2019: Governor Mills and Efficiency Maine Announce Initiatives To Expand Electric Vehicle Use Across Maine

March 4, 2019: Governor Mills Taps Energy Expert Dan Burgess to Lead Governor’s Energy Office

February 28, 2019: Governor Mills Announces That Maine Has Joined Bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance

February 5, 2019: Governor Mills Signs Executive Order Ending Maine Wind Turbine Moratorium