“On April 1, 2014, Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center presented a daylong session on “Maine’s Energy Future” at the 2014 Maine Water & Sustainability Conference, held at the Augusta Civic Center. The Chair of the session was Dr. Caroline Noblet, University of Maine School of Economics.
This session examined Maine’s energy future and the different options and strategies being proposed and implemented to further the state’s energy security. Presentations included research and applications related to the economic, environmental and social impacts of: renewable energy technologies under development in Maine including tidal, off-shore wind and bioenergy; the transition from reliance on oil; the role of efficiency in lowering energy needs and the potential for using Maine’s biomass and waste stream.”
You can read about various presentations at GreenEnergyMaine.com
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At a Blaine House event, the Governor touted the industry by citing Todd Gabe’s new study highlighting the economic impact of Maine’s Maple Industry.
“Maine’s maple industry contributes an estimated $27.7 million directly to the Maine economy,” said Governor LePage. “The new study also shows that Maine’s maple industry has an annual statewide economic contribution, including multiplier effects, of an estimated $48.7 million in output, 805 full- and part-time jobs and $25.1 million in labor income. Most importantly, this industry has a huge potential for additional job creation.
Other key findings of the study by University of Maine Professor of Economics Todd Gabe:
Maine has the third largest maple industry in the United States. Maine’s maple industry is characterized by a relatively small number of farms accounting for the vast majority of syrup that is produced. Maine’s licensed maple syrup producers have been in operation an average of 24 years, and many of the farms appear to span multiple generations. Maine’s maple industry—which counts the licensed producers, and sales at retail food stores and businesses impacted by Maine Maple Sunday—generates 567 full- and part-time jobs, and $17.3 million in labor income.”
See the Maine Sun Journal story!
Mike Montgomery highlighted as a high quality economics faculty in “Choosing the Right College 2014–15: The Inside Scoop on Elite Schools and Outstanding Lesser-Known Institutions.”
Maine should lead Washington on climate policy argue Sharon Tisher and Peter Mills in this recent Op-ed for the Bangor Daily News: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/12/24/opinion/maine-should-lead-washington-on-climate-policy/?ref=search
Monday, October 28, Dr. Caroline Noblet will be presenting Economics, Psychology, and Sustainability: Oh My! at the University of Southern Maine Portland campus.
For more information, visit http://people.usm.maine.edu/gramlich/colloquium/fall13/noblet/, and to register, please visit http://www.jeffgramlich.org/colloquium/registration/fall13/noblet/forms/form1.html