Posted August 12, 2016
Woods. Maine has lots of woods. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nearly 90 percent of the state is forested. Hence the nickname: the Pine Tree State. Naturally, wood products factor heavily in Maine’s energy portfolio, with biomass supplying the largest share of the energy Maine uses annually (27.3 percent in 2014).
Click on the thumbnail for a two-page energy infographic for the Pine Tree State.
Yet, Maine is an all-of-the-above energy state – even with all those trees. Fuels from petroleum and natural gas are the next three largest energy sources, accounting for 52.8 percent of Maine’s energy use.
The energy challenge in Maine – as in the rest of New England – is having sufficient natural gas pipeline capacity to handle peak winter heating periods.
Be sure to check Page 2 of the infographic, which lays out the importance to the entire country of choosing the right energy policy path – key to the United States continuing to lead the world in oil and natural gas production.
Choosing a pro-energy development path would yield broad benefits to the U.S., including more energy, jobs, economic growth and consumer savings. The opposite policy path, one characterized by regulatory constraints, would have negative impacts.
Energy is essential for virtually every aspect of our daily lives. It powers national, state and local economies, gets us to work and goes into products we rely on for health and comfort. Safe, responsible energy development here at home is linked to national security as well as Americans’ individual prosperity and liberty – in Maine, Arizona, South Carolina, Louisiana, New Jersey and all the 50 states of energy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Green joins API after spending 16 years as national editorial writer in the Washington Bureau of The Oklahoman newspaper. In all, he has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, including six years as sports editor at The Washington Times. He lives in Occoquan, Virginia, with his wife Pamela. Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and earned a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University. He's currently working on a masters in history at George Mason University, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.