Climate change is the most significant threat to Maine’s wildlife and habitat. Impacts to wildlife and habitat due to climate change under a “business as usual” scenario—in which Mainers continue at the same levels of consumption and emission of fossil fuels—are particularly severe.
That’s why Maine Audubon supports policies that transition Maine to a clean energy economy. Advancements in solar, wind, and other renewable energy technologies mean that achieving 100% renewable energy consumption in Maine by 2050 can happen if we work collaboratively, diligently, and in the best interests of Maine’s people and wildlife alike.
Our new report, Renewable Energy and Wildlife in Maine: Avoiding, Minimizing, and Mitigating Impacts to Wildlife and Habitat from Solar, Wind, and Transmission Facilities, describes the vulnerability of Maine’s wildlife and habitats to climate change driven by fossil fuel emissions and advocates for swiftly, but thoughtfully, replacing fossil fuels used to generate electricity with renewable energy sources.
The report describes the potential impacts to wildlife and their habitats from the siting, construction, and operations of a select portion of new renewable energy infrastructure. Specifically, it addresses onshore and offshore wind power, solar power, and transmission projects. The report also outlines policy considerations that Maine Audubon recommends Maine regulators, developers, and policy makers adopt in order to avoid, minimize, and mitigate those impacts.
- Renewable Energy and Wildlife in Maine—Executive Summary (pdf)
- Renewable Energy and Wildlife in Maine—Full Report (pdf)
Also: An interactive map allows you to explore the results of Maine Audubon’s analysis of the intersection of wildlife resources and wind resources in Maine. Find out more about wind power and wildlife.
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