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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03/20/2012 - 9:34pm

According to the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, ("E2Tech"), "Clean Tech is defined by a diverse range of products, services, and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, promote the sustainable use of natural resources, and reduce or eliminate emissions and wastes.

11/20/2011 - 3:25pm

On November 15, 2011, The Environmental and Energy Technology Council (E2Tech) and its partners held an event heralded as the launch of Maine's Clean Tech Corridor. While it was safe to witness this launch from a mere distance of 5 feet or so, the potential economic power of the Clean Tech Corridor may be formidable, indeed.

11/20/2011 - 1:14pm

Not sure what to give your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren this holiday season? A recent article in the Bangor Daily News reminds us that the Clear Water Carbon Fund of Brunswick, Maine offers carbon reduction options in the form of local reforestation and water restoration projects.

11/17/2011 - 5:18pm

According to a report issued on November 15, 2001 by the Analysis Group in Boston, MA, the 10-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) added $1.6 billion in value to the regional economy over the past three years. $92 million of this went to Maine, creating at least 918 jobs.

10/28/2011 - 2:08pm

On October 27, 2011, a coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals announced a new citizens initiative to increase clean energy in Maine in order to increase energy independence, create jobs, control energy costs and cut pollution. The coalition has established a new group, Maine Citizens for Clean Energy, which is beginning to gather signatures for the November 2012 ballot.

10/21/2011 - 9:30am

The closing of the Brunswick Naval Air Station leaves behind over 3,000 acres of prime real estate with close to 2 million square feet of commercial and industrial space, a world class aviation complex, and 1,000 acres of open space.

08/05/2011 - 12:58pm

“Once the big investments in this most CO2-intensive fossil fuel are made...well, fait accompli. The price at the pump is kept low, for another half-decade, anyway, and then forget about investments in electric cars, or in infrastructure to power transportation with renewable energy.”

07/05/2011 - 1:31pm

Since you asked, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a ten-state program that reduces global warming pollution from power plants using a market-based approach that spurs investments in energy efficiency.

06/30/2011 - 5:14pm

Now, most of us wouldn't dream of leaving Maine in August. We'd all dread having to travel to Cincinnati to attend these concurrent workshops, but if you are bidding on government contracts for construction or power purchase agreements, you may be glad you did.

06/28/2011 - 3:16pm

The carbon trading market is a good way to get those who are doing harm to our planet's atmosphere and climate to pay those who want to ameliorate the damage by taking positive actions.  Once we grasp the concept, it is as viable a market as any.