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Recognizing our energy future

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To the Editor;
I would like to thank Sen. Paul Davis for his prescience and determination to protect our future by supporting two bills that will bode well for Maine’s future energy needs. This is not the first time that Davis has put the people of Maine first.

The first bill, LD 1711, is a comprehensive solar bill that will lower energy costs by increasing access to solar power. Want a glimpse of our future? Check out Cianbro’s solar farm in Pittsfield on Route 2 and the Colby College solar farm in Waterville off Interstate 95. Community solar farms are a ray of hope for our climate, economy and future generations.

The second bill, LD 1494, will increase Maine’s renewable portfolio standard to 100 percent by 2050. A diverse mix of renewable energy sources will help wean us away from fossil fuel and its destructive effects, increase energy independence and provide stabilization, as well as predictable pricing to Maine’s electric grid. In effect, we’re cleaning up our act. Davis correctly read the people of Maine and seized the opportunity to ensure their economic vitality and environmental sustainability. We need that bipartisan effort so necessary in building protection for future generations.

Robert Fritsch
Dexter

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