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.

Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group of Senators on Letter to UN Convention in Support of Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of Senators in sending a letter to Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in support of its global efforts to thwart climate change. The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) is underway in Madrid to convene a meeting on the historic Paris Climate Agreement.



Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Boost Recycling

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the RECYCLE Act, legislation to create a new federal grant program through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help increase awareness among households and consumers about their residential and community recycling programs. The bill would help increase recycling rates and reduce contamination in the recycling stream.


Collins, Duckworth Push for Federal Assistance for Communities Struggling With Stranded Nuclear Waste

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) sent a bipartisan letter to leadership of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to prioritize federal assistance to communities who are struggling with nuclear waste.  Due to the federal government’s inability to find a permanent solution to store spent nuclear fuel, communities around the country with closed nuclear power plants have become unwilling interim storage sites for stranded nuclear waste.



Collins, King Back Bill to Support and Expand Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today joined a number of their colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to support and expand programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a collaborative effort across the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont to use market-based tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.


Collins, King Announce Maine to Receive More Than $36 Million for Heating Assistance for Low-Income Mainers

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing a total of $36,175,861 in funding for Maine through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), including $1,322,228 specifically for tribes and tribal organizations. 



Senators Collins, Reed Lead Call for Quick Distribution of LIHEAP Assistance

Washington, D.C. — As agencies prepare to assist low-income homeowners and renters heat their homes in the upcoming winter months, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) led a bipartisan coalition of senators in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release funds for the their Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as quickly as possible under the current continuing resolution.



Senators Collins, Murphy Call on EPA to Rescind Methane Proposal

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), along with U.S. Representatives Scott Peters (CA-52) and Matt Gaetz (FL-1), on Friday wrote in strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to modify the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), an Obama administration regulation to limit methane emissions from new, reconstructed, and modified sources in the oil and gas sector.


Senators Collins, Hassan Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bills to Lower Energy Costs for Consumers, Increase Energy Efficiency

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Representatives Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) last week introduced the bipartisan Home Energy Savings Act to help lower energy costs for families and reduce carbon emissions by reinstating and strengthening a tax credit for energy efficient home upgrades.


The bipartisan group will also introduce the New Home Energy Efficiency Act to help incentivize greater energy efficiency in the construction of new homes.



Senator Collins’ Bill to Advance Energy Storage Technology Clears Senate Hurdle

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With broad, bipartisan support, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today advanced a comprehensive energy storage package to the full Senate.  The package was reported as an amendment to the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). The committee chose to use Senator Collins’ bill as the foundation of the package to reflect of her leadership on energy storage and clean energy technologies. 



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.



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.



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.


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.


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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