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MAINE CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX

Information included in the Maine Climate Change Index is drawn from public sources such as government websites, news articles and other public databases.

CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

  • Number of energy efficiency jobs in Maine: over 8,000
  • Number of energy efficiency businesses in Maine: over 1,500
  • Number of solar jobs in Maine: over 600
  • Number of homes that could be powered by solar production in Maine: nearly 10,000
  • Number of solar businesses in Maine: 70
  • Number of Mainers working in clean energy transmission, distribution and storage: over 2,600
  • Number of gallons of water consumption saved by Maine wind power generation in 2018: 68 million
  • Number of homes that could have been powered by wind generation in Maine in 2018: over 230,000
  • Number of jobs supported by wind energy in Maine: nearly 1,000
  • Number of wind turbines in Maine: nearly 400

EXTREME WEATHER IMPACTS 

  • Number of Mainers who are especially vulnerable to extreme heat: over 30,000
  • Number of Mainers living in areas at elevated risk of inland flooding: over 130,000
  • Number of extreme weather events that caused over $1 billion in economic losses in Maine from 2007-2016: 2
  • Number of people injured by extreme weather in Maine in 2017: 1
  • Number of acres consumed by wildfires in 2018 in Maine: nearly 700

PUBLIC OPINION RESEARCH

  • Percentage of Mainers that believe climate change was happening in 2018: 69%
  • Percentage of Mainers that believe climate change is caused mostly by human activities in 2018: 55%
  • Percentage of Mainers worried about climate change: 57%
  • Percentage of Mainers who support setting carbon pollution limits on existing coal-fired power plants: 66%