Acadia Center’s work in Maine has had local, regional and national impact. With state partners, Acadia Center led original research on the biological potential for carbon sequestration and the potential for markets to support silvicultural practices to reduce GHG levels, increase yields and quality of timber and provide enhanced and diversified revenue streams to landowners while improving forest health. This study was central to developing offsets policies for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and other proposed carbon market policies. Acadia Center’s testimony in hearings around the proposed Plum Creek Development quantified the carbon impacts of land development approaches.
Acadia Center has successfully advocated for key improvements in Maine’s energy system and climate action policies. The Omnibus Energy Bill of 2013 advanced and affirmed the state’s commitment to cleaner, more affordable energy through multiple channels. The bill clarified that Maine law requires the funding of all cost-effective energy efficiency and streamlined the process for setting investment levels. An important, forward-looking, consumer-friendly policy requires consideration of clean, affordable transmission options instead of automatically paying for traditional poles and wires. Maine also adopted RGGI reforms that will drive further emissions reductions and dedicate allowance money to clean and efficiency energy programs.