Gov. Mills signs into law Sen. Maxmin bill to help Maine schools go carbon neutral

Posted: June 14, 2021 | Senator Maxmin

AUGUSTA – On Thursday, Gov. Janet Mills signed into law a bill from Sen. Chloe Maxmin, D-Nobleboro. LD 815, “An Act To Support School Decarbonization,” will help Maine schools achieve carbon neutrality.

“This new law will help our schools make the transition to more efficient and environmentally friendly energy, which we need to do if we want to meet our climate goals,” said Sen. Maxmin. “This transition can be difficult and expensive without the right guidance and support, and we don’t want property tax payers picking up the tab. This law will give that guidance and support so that schools across the state can become cleaner and greener.”

LD 815 replaces the school energy savings program currently administered by the Efficiency Maine Trust with a school decarbonization program. Efficiency Maine will provide technical and financial support to help kindergarten through grade 12 schools, including charter and private schools, become carbon neutral. The bill is designed to support school districts across Maine in the transition to clean energy sources without putting the financial burden on school districts and property tax payers.

The law will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die.