Now is it just me or would it be better if we didn't pollute in the first place? I figure if those offsets bring some sheckles into the state, they can't be all bad.

Carbon Offsets / REC's Blog Posts

Carbon Offsets and Renewable Energy Credits

To explain this community topic in a nutshell: There's a new marketplace out there, where people can buy and sell the right to pollute the atmosphere (trade).  The government can limit these rights to so many tons of carbon per year (cap).  This type of system is called "Cap and Trade".  Polluters (even car drivers) can buy renewable energy credits, which pay people to generate clean energy, to offset their carbon production. Please join the conversation...

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02/04/2017 - 9:22pm

smart meter photo by Kay MannOn January 31, 2017, the Maine Public Utilities Commission issued a decision on proposed rule changes regarding customer net energy billing. The following information comes from the MPUC’s press release on the announcement.

01/10/2017 - 8:07pm

 Dan Allegretti Vice President of State Government Affairs at Exelon photo by Kay MannOn December 8, 2016, Peter Shattuck, Director of the Clean Energy Initiative at the Acadia Center, Dan Allegretti, Vice President of State Government Affairs at Exelon, and Kathleen Meil of

11/13/2016 - 1:23pm

Image from 2015 E2Tech Expo courtesy of E2TechThe second annual E2TECH EXPO on November 17 will be the premier energy event of the year! The U.S.

07/09/2016 - 12:13pm

Greg Dugal President and CEO of the Maine Innkeepers Association and Maine Restaurant Association photo by Kay MannOn June 8, 2016, the Environment and Energy Technology Council (E2Tech) hosted a forum entitled, “Sustainability in Maine's Tourism Industry”.

12/21/2015 - 6:02pm

On December 12, 2015, the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club convened the Maine Grassroots Climate Action Conference at the University of Maine in Augusta. This was their second climate conference; the first was held in December of 2014 at Bowdoin College. At the first conference, a number of local, climate action teams (or CAT’s) were established.

08/28/2015 - 4:58pm

Image of Kathleen Meil courtesy of Evergreen Home PerformanceFive Mainers plan to join a diverse group of leaders from across the country gathering in Washington, D.C.

04/13/2015 - 10:42am

Maine House of Representatives Chamber image courtesy of Maine LegislatureMaine has one of the strongest renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in the country, requiring 40 percent of total electric supply to come from renewabl