WHEREAS, on June 1, 2006, I signed into law “An Act To Enhance Maine’s Energy Independence and Security”, which law adopts a goal of increasing renewable energy resources in Maine by 10 percent by 2017, and adopts a policy that favors new renewable power resources within this state and new capacity resources that emit no greenhouse gases on net; and
WHEREAS, in 2003, I signed into law “An Act to Provide Leadership in
Addressing Climate Change”, which law sets a goal for the State of
Maine to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2010, to 10%
below 1990 levels by 2020 and, in the long term, to levels sufficient
to eliminate any dangerous threat to the climate; an
WHEREAS, I am committed to making Maine state government a leader by example with regard to sustainable energy practices that make Maine more energy independent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to adopting sustainable energy policies, practices, and programs statewide; and
WHEREAS, the chemical element ‘hydrogen’ can be used as a storage medium for electric energy made from renewable energy resources and from resources with no net emissions of greenhouse gases, and can be taken from storage and converted to electricity with no net emissions of greenhouse gases; and
WHEREAS, hydrogen can be manufactured in the State of Maine using
Maine’s vast renewable energy resources, including solar, wind, tidal,
hydroelectric, and biomass, which will help Maine achieve goals to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase its energy independence;
WHEREAS, the hydrogen manufactured from Maine’s renewable resources could be used as fuel for fuel cells to power equipment, including electronic devices, buildings, trains, ships and highway vehicles; and
WHEREAS, the Maine Technology Institute and Maine Public Utilities
Commission have helped fund projects to inform Maine businesses,
tradespeople, government officials and consumers about renewable
hydrogen technologies through demonstrations and workshops; and
WHEREAS, a more rapid dissemination of information regarding these renewable hydrogen technologies is important to achieving the goals of energy independence and greenhouse gas emission reductions:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, John E. Baldacci, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby establish the Maine Hydrogen Energy Fuel Cell Partnership (hereinafter “Partnership”).
The purpose and duties of the Partnership are to:
The Maine Hydrogen Energy Fuel Cell Partnership shall be composed of thirteen members, who shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Governor, and will be comprised of the following:
The members of the Partnership will serve without compensation.
The chair of the Partnership shall be an individual appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Governor, who will preside at, set the agenda for, and schedule Partnership meetings. The Governor shall select as the chair a person who has strong technical and strategic background in hydrogen energy and fuel cell technology, experience in the development of technology businesses, or other knowledge or experience that will help advance the work of the Partnership. The Governor may also designate a member of the Partnership to serve as vice-chair of the Partnership.
The Partnership shall meet as often as needed, and all their meetings shall be open to the public. The Partnership shall report annually to the Governor on the work of the Partnership, and may submit recommendations to the Governor for state action or legislation needed to advance the work of the Partnership or the development and use of hydrogen energy and fuel cells.
The effective date of this Executive Order is August 28, 2006.
John E. Baldacci, Governor