From tourism and recreation, to working forests, and fishing and agricultural industries, there is no doubt that Maine’s economy is inextricably linked to the environment. Maine’s greatest treasure is its natural beauty, and Senator Collins remains committed to advancing reasonable and effective policies in the U.S. Senate to protect the environment.

Throughout her time in the U.S. Senate, Senator Collins has worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, spur the creation of green energy jobs, and reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil – while retaining important American manufacturing jobs.  High costs of energy are burdensome to Maine families, truck drivers, farmers, fishermen, schools, small businesses, mills, and factories.  Nearly 80 percent of the homes in our state rely on heating oil, leaving Maine families extremely vulnerable to high crude oil prices.

Appropriations Committee Passes Energy & Water Funding Bill, Includes Major Wins for Maine Championed by Senator Collins

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced today that the full committee advanced the fiscal year (FY) 2020 energy and water funding bill by a vote of 31-0.  The legislation includes provisions championed by Senator Collins to support important energy programs in Maine, such as the University of Maine’s (UMaine) offshore wind program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and the Northern Border Regional Commission.  The legislation now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.

 

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Collins, Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Streamline Clean Energy Technology Permitting

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) today introduced the American Energy Opportunity Act, a bipartisan bill to provide state and local governments with voluntary tools to expedite and standardize the permitting process for distributed energy technologies, such as rooftop solar and battery storage, while ensuring high-quality and safe installations.

 

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King, Collins Introduce Bill to Reduce Energy Costs, Support Rural Maine Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Support Act, legislation that would support businesses that want to invest in energy efficiency technology, help diversify energy options for rural industries, and maximize Maine’s natural resources. The CHP Support Act reauthorizes and funds the CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program for the next five years – a program that has helped multiple Maine businesses install energy-efficient CHP equipment and save on energy costs.

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Collins, Murphy Announce Bipartisan Climate Bill to Combat Super Pollutants

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced the Super Pollutants Act of 2019, a bipartisan climate bill that aims to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). The legislation would reduce SLCPs in the atmosphere by enabling federal agencies to set up a taskforce with businesses and non-profits to speed the adoption of SLCP-reducing technologies and policies, while supporting American-led innovations and calling for emission reductions. U.S.

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Collins, Toomey, Feinstein Renew Bipartisan Effort to Repeal Ethanol Mandate

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) are working together to end an egregious form of corporate welfare that hurts the environment and drives up the cost of everything from gasoline to groceries.

 

The Restore Environmental Sustainability to Our Renewable Energy (RESTORE) Act abolishes the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

 

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Bipartisan Legislation to Lower Energy Costs Clears Senate Hurdle

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed bipartisan bills championed by U.S. Senator Susan Collins that would lower energy costs for our nation’s schools and extend the federal government’s landmark energy efficiency program.  This legislation now awaits consideration by the full Senate.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce $200,000 in Energy Efficiency Innovation Grant to Ocean Renewable Power Company

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Senate Arctic Caucus and a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) awarded a $200,000 grant to Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC), a marine renewable energy company headquartered in Portland, Maine.

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Collins, King Announce $6 Million in EPA Brownfields Grants to Clean Up and Redevelop Contaminated Industrial Sites in Maine

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced today that a total of $6 million in federal brownfields funding has been awarded for the assessment and cleanup of 14 sites in Maine, more funding than any other state in the country this year.  The federal grants awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will assist local communities as they work to redevelop these contaminated sites in order to improve the environment and promote future economic development.

 

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Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Promote Biomass, Support Maine’s Forest Products Industry

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), a member of the Senate Working Forests Caucus, and Angus King (I-ME), a cofounder of the Senate Working Forests Caucus, joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing legislation to help expand the use of renewable wood energy.  The bill would allow the use of biomass from certain federal and non-federal lands to promote healthier forests, more carbon sequestration, and cleaner transportation fuels.

 

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Collins, King Announce $1 Million for Clark Island Wetlands Conservation Project

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has awarded $1,000,000 to the Clark Island Wetlands Conservation Project in Saint George. As part of the project, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) will purchase an additional 168 acres of Clark Island neighboring the existing 250-acre Clark Island conservation area. The overall site will protect breeding and migratory habitats for birds while also enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities.

 

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Senators Collins and King Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ban Drilling Off Coast of New England

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of New England Senators to reintroduce legislation barring oil and gas drilling off the region’s shoreline.  Oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic would put vital coastline and precious ocean resources at risk, threatening a central economic engine for New England. 

 

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