WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded Paul Dest, the Director of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, for being one of only two people across the country to be awarded the 2016 Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Senators wrote a letter supporting Mr. Dest’s nomination for the award.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today congratulated Robin Alden of Stonington, a former Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, on being named a “Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood” by the White House. Robin is one of 12 people from across the country to receive the award, which recognizes local leaders who have devoted themselves to helping the United States become a global leader in sustainable seafood management.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) will receive $5,350,000 through the Department of Energy to enhance the performance of its tidal turbine system. ORPC was one of 10 organizations across the country to receive funding to support the development of a commercially viable marine and hydrokinetic industry.
WASHINGTON, D.C—U.S. Senator Susan Collins released the following statement today in response to the President’s designation of the North Woods and Waters National Monument:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today welcomed an announcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that it will fund an estimated 85 percent of the sea days needed for the At-Sea Monitoring (ASM) Program for the current fishing year. Beginning July 1, groundfish fishermen covered by the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan will be reimbursed for their at-sea monitoring costs through an arrangement with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Maine’s New England Aqua Ventus I offshore wind pilot project, designed by a world-class University of Maine-led consortium, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to participate in the Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration program. Maine’s project now officially joins the demonstration program.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ tripartisan biomass amendment, cosponsored by Senator Angus King, has been included in the final Energy Policy Modernization Act that passed the Senate 85 to 12 today.
Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Senate passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act today with a provision authored by Senator Susan Collins to help make schools more energy efficient.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins will deliver remarks and participate in a panel discussion today at the Biomedical Innovation Summit, which will be hosted by the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. Panelists will discuss some of the promising biomedical research that is currently being conducted by Maine scientists.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Angus King (I-ME) congratulated the workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) on receiving environmental awards for the fifth year in a row. PNSY received two Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards for Natural Resources Conservation and Environmental Restoration for fiscal year 2015 on February 22, 2016.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1,950,034 grant to the University of Maine to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in rural Maine. The grant will support 22 fellowships for recent STEM graduates or current STEM professionals to further their knowledge base and become certified STEM teachers in rural, high-need Maine schools.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced a $4.6 million investment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will support conservation efforts in Maine’s Western Mountains. The Senators, along with Congressman Bruce Poliquin, wrote a letter in support of the project which will help private landowner efforts to bolster fish and wildlife habitats in western Maine between the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Moosehead Lake.
Washington, D.C.—A tripartisan biomass amendment, authored by Senator Collins and cosponsored by Senator Angus King, has been adopted unanimously as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which is currently under consideration in the Senate. The amendment was also cosponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Al Franken (D-MN), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and James Risch (R-ID).
“Biomass energy is sustainable, responsible, renewable, and economically significant as an energy source,” said Senator Collins.
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to help families stay safe in extreme temperatures and provide assistance to households struggling with energy bills, U.S.
As we turn the page on 2015 and look to the future, I welcome this opportunity to share some of the accomplishments of the past year. Although much work remains to be done, I was able to achieve progress on issues that matter to the people of Maine, whom I am honored to represent in the United States Senate.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and small rural businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.
Funds will be used to upgrade sewage plants and drinking water systems, replace aging infrastructure, and bolster water projects essential to environmental protection and public health safety across the state.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Bruce Poliquin have sent a letter to President Barack Obama regarding the possible designation of land in the Katahdin region as a national monument.
The complete text of the letter can be read HERE and is available below.
November 20, 2015
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Senators Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) will award an additional $3.7 million to the Maine Aqua Ventus I offshore wind project, designed by a University of Maine-led consortium.
Department of Energy will award an additional $3.7 million to wind project designed by University of Maine-led consortium.
Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins, and Angus King announced more than $2.7 million in grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal grant program for the communities of Brewer, Oxford, and Wilton.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced that fourteen Maine businesses will receive federal grants totaling more than $1.6 million to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the state. The funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Energy for America (REAP) program.
40 Senators call on HHS Secretary to release LIHEAP funds to help local communities prepare for the coming winter season
“This bill aims to benefit directly some of the world’s poorest people and to reduce harmful pollution that affects us all.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Members of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Maine presented Senator Collins with the TNC Leadership Award in her Washington office in recognition of her ongoing work on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), global conservation, and efforts to combat climate change
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the expiration of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) set to take effect today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins spoke from the Senate floor today about a bill she cosponsored to provide a temporary 60-day extension for the program.
“Maine has been a leader in the development of offshore wind technology, and this funding will help ensure that Maine will continue to be at the forefront of making this resource a fundamental component of U.S. energy innovation.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the expiration of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) fast approaching, a bipartisan coalition of 53 senators led by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is calling on Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid to permanently reauthorize and adequately fund the nation’s premier federal conservation program, now in its 50th year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the University of Southern Maine as one of eight universities to receive grant funding. This funding will support the University’s outreach efforts to help Maine communities identify solutions for financing environmental activities, including water infrastructure.