The Maine Climate Council is responsible to integrate and prioritize which strategies to move forward in the State Climate Action Plan that will be delivered to the Governor and Legislature by December 1, 2020. The State Climate Action Plan will be updated by the Maine Climate Council every four years moving forward.
Maine Won't Wait, A Four-Year Plan for Climate Action
Implementation table: (PDF)
Strengthening Maine's Clean Energy Economy
The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) and Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (GOPIF) are required to develop a plan to identify pathways and strategies for, and pursue, the advancement of Maine’s clean energy economy. While Maine’s 10-year economic plan highlights the opportunity to grow Maine’s clean energy economy with positive impacts reaching across sectors, the strategies outlined in this Clean Energy Economy Transition Plan, in combination with the Maine Climate Council’s Climate Action Plan, will provide specific strategies to leverage Maine’s renewable energy resources and energy efficiency services to recover and grow Maine’s economy.
- Strengthening Maine's Clean Energy Economy (PDF), posted November 9, 2020
- Maine Economic Development Strategy 2020-2029, a Focus on Talent and Innovation (PDF)
Scientific Assessment of Climate Change and Its Effects in Maine
The Maine Climate Council's Scientific and Technical Subcommittee was responsible for delivering a report that summarizes the impacts of climate change in Maine and how it might impact our state in the future. Their final report is part of the State Climate Action Plan. The findings from this report inform the ongoing deliberations of the Maine Climate Council and have aided the Maine Climate Council’s six working groups in the development of their draft recommended strategies. In addition, the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee identified critical scientific information gaps and needs to better understand and forecast potential future climate change impacts in the State.
- Scientific Assessment of Climate Change and Its Effects in Maine (PDF) -updated September 23, 2020
- Read the report online as a flipbook by clicking here (link)
Draft Strategy Reports from the Working Groups
To achieve Maine’s climate goals, six working groups – joined by an expert Scientific and Technical Subcommittee—developed a set of strategies for the Council to consider for the State Climate Action Plan. The strategies include both greenhouse gas reduction (“mitigation”) strategies and climate change adaptation strategies. They were delivered to the Maine Climate Council in June 2020.
- Buildings, Infrastructure, and Housing Working Group recommended strategies (PDF)
- Community Resilience Planning, Public Health, and Emergency Management Working Group
- Coastal and Marine Working Group recommended strategies (PDF)
- Energy Working Group recommended strategies (PDF)
- Transportation Working Group recommended strategies (PDF)
- Natural and Working Lands Working Group recommended strategies (PDF)
Assessing the Impacts Climate Change May Have on the State’s Economy, Revenues, and Investment Decisions
Eastern Research Group and Synapse Energy Economics produced the following reports analyzing the vulnerability of the State of Maine to the future impacts of climate change; the cost of doing nothing in response to climate change to the State; an emissions analysis of draft greenhouse gas reductions strategies proposed by the Working Groups; and an economic analysis of the draft emissions- and adaptation-related strategies proposed by the Working Groups.
The Maine Climate Council will use these reports in their consideration of the draft strategies to refine and select the strategies that will be incorporated into Maine’s Climate Action Plan.
- Summary Report (PDF) -updated December 2, 2020
- Volume 1: Vulnerability Analysis (PDF) -updated November 20, 2020
- Volume 2: Cost of Doing Nothing Analysis (PDF) -updated September 29, 2020
- Volume 3: Maine Emissions Analysis, Consolidated Energy Sectors Modeling Results (PDF) -updated November 9, 2020
- Volume 4: Economic Analysis of Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies (PDF) -updated December 2, 2020
Equity Assessment of Draft Strategies
The Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future worked with the University of Maine's Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability solutions to assess the recommendations of the six working groups from an equity perspective. For each work group strategy, the assessment seeks to understand how it would affect vulnerable populations and to suggest improvements to the strategy that would improve the equitable distribution of benefits.
- Equity Assessment of Work Group Recommendations (PDF) -updated October 7, 2020
The Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future collected feedback on the draft Working Group strategies during the summer of 2020. Over 4,400 responses were received through online feedback surveys available on climatecouncil.maine.gov, as well as numerous memos, letters, and comments, up to September 24th.
- Summary of MCC Public Input Surveys (PDF)
- MCC Public Memos and Letters, Compiled (PDF) -updated November 2, 2020 with comments submitted on or before September 24th