Energy bill sails through

“Our state has abundant potential from wind, biomass, solar and hydropower,” Hubbell said, “but until now we have lacked a comprehensive vision for sustainable energy development. With a thoughtful, long-term plan, we can pursue energy independence, community resilience and economic prosperity for Maine.”

New law puts state on track to triple renewable energy generation

May 17, 2019

Rep. Brian Hubbell, D-Bar Harbor, and Ania Wright and Sara Lowgren (far left), youth climate leaders and students at College of the Atlantic, join Gov. Janet Mills as she signs LD 658. Sponsored by Hubbell, the measure puts Maine on a path to triple in-state renewable energy generation by 2030.

AUGUSTA – A bill from Rep. Brian Hubbell, D-Bar Harbor, putting Maine on a path to triple in-state renewable energy generation by 2030 is now law.

“Maine’s economic prosperity over the next generation hinges on sound energy planning within the next few years,” said Hubbell. Our state has abundant potential from wind, …

An Act To Promote Clean Energy Jobs and To Establish the Maine Climate Council

I am proud and honored to cosponsor Governor Mills’ comprehensive bill for climate mitigation, adaptation, and carbon emissions reductions. This bill will update the state’s Climate Action Plan which I helped establish in 2004 and which has languished in the last decade.

The bill stipulates that, by 2030, the State shall reduce gross annual …

Governor Mills Introduces Bill to Establish Maine Climate Council

I’m grateful for Governor Janet T. Mills’ leadership and Hannah Pingree’s hard work and dedication in moving forward this comprehensive initiative for emissions reduction, climate action, and energy policy. I look forward to continuing to work with this administration to effect real change and economic benefit for Maine.

Youth Climate Action at the State House

Honored to be visited today at the statehouse by these climate action leaders, Iris Fen Gillingham and Ania Wright from College of the Atlantic. Iris and Ania are leaders of today’s Climate Youth Day of Action and you may have heard them yesterday, as exceptionally composed and articulate guests on Maine Public Radio’s Maine Calling.

The Environment: Janet Mills, Paul LePage on two different planets

The Governor and her staff outline a solid plan here and I look forward to working with it. My bill LD 658, which plans to triple Maine’s renewable energy capacity by 2030, will aid the effort.

Testimony presenting LD 658: Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine

“…As a first step, this plan can make an inventory of resources and evaluate the relative returns on investment in each available sector of renewable energy — including returns from conservation and efficiency — and then scale and sum those components by cost-effectiveness into one feasible comprehensive strategy which, in total, is capable of offsetting …

Maine should plan for energy independence by 2030


Maine’s  energy systems place our state today at a critical decision point.  

On one hand, inaction and inertia leads to grave economic disruptions from a sharply changing climate.

On the other, an expansion of renewable energy offers real economic opportunity.

Technological innovations are propelling neighboring states and provinces to capitalize on the promise and …

Education funding in Governor Mills’ budget proposal

Maine state subsidy for schools and the cost of education since 2006

Governor Mills’ two-year budget proposal adds over $187 million in prospective funding for education from early childhood through college, including $126 million for K-12 schools.

The top lines of graph above show the cost of education over the …

Maine’s next 2-year budget focuses on funding education and Medicaid expansion – with no new taxes

After my first pass through the 600 page document, overall I like what I see so far in this budget proposal.

It funds expanded access to healthcare and — deliberately over two years — adds over $180 million to a comprehensive scope of supports for public education from early childhood through college. And it does …

Research firms can tap $3.5 million to improve health in Maine

This is an exciting milestone that will brighten Maine’s spot on the economic map. Scientific research leading to commercialization carries real promise for our state. I intend to work hard this legislative session to make sure that the state is a good partner in this effort and that we have a long-term economic plan to …

Mills names former House Speaker Hannah Pingree to head new office of innovation

Great call! Maine will immediately benefit from good planning related to energy policy and economic development

I’m really looking forward to working collaboratively with a revitalized Office of Innovation headed by Hannah Pingree, particularly on energy policy and a state plan for research and development,

Position statement for Ellsworth American – October 2018

Brian L. Hubbell
Age: 62
Residence: Bar Harbor
Party: Democratic
Present Employment: Self-employed project manager
Highest Level of Education Completed: Degree in architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Previous Elected Public Office(s) Held: School board member (10 years), State representative (six years)

I believe that elected officials are charged to engage faithfully to thrash out …

Position statements for Bangor Daily News (October 2018)

House District 135: Bar Harbor, Lamoine and Mount Desert (Map)
Brian Hubbell (D) – Incumbent

1. What is the biggest barrier to economic development in Maine and what can the Legislature do to address it?
At present, Maine’s economic development is hampered by having too few skilled workers and by the absence of a comprehensive …

Progress, failure, and stall: Finished and unfinished business in the special session

25 July 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Once again, despite being only yards from the finish line, your legislature evidently is stalled in deadlock.  Nevertheless, in this summer’s special session, we have made some commendable progress and also been party to some heartbreaking failures.

As I reported in April, with critical bills still unresolved, …

Floor remarks in favor of proficiency-based learning: 26 June 2018

Thank you, Madame Speaker.

I rise with grave concern that this bill, as engrossed, with its proposed dual and separate graduation systems selected by individual schools, severely weakens the state’s generation-long commitment to equity of educational opportunity and to greater expectations for meaningful and ambitious learning outcomes for all Maine students — at a …

Appropriations Committee makes modest progress on critical unfinished business

Long and frequently frustrating day in Appropriations slogging to rebuild a supplementary emergency funding package intended to resolve critical business left unresolved when House Republican caucus forced legislative adjournment last month.

By 9:00 in the evening, our committee reached agreement only on fulfilling last year’s commitment to maintain the reimbursement rate increases for home-based direct …

End of Session notes: the week the wheels came off

26 April 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As the end of this legislative session took a sharp and irresponsible turn last week, I want to offer my perspective from the Appropriations Committee.

Traditionally, the major work of the Appropriations Committee is to integrate the governor’s budget request with the legislature’s own spending and policy initiatives …

‘Corporate welfare’ or protecting good jobs at good wages: BIW tax credits

27 March 2018

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This morning the House voted on LD 1781: An Act To Encourage New Major Investments in Shipbuilding Facilities and the Preservation of Jobs.

The original bill sought to extend a state tax incentive of up to $3 million per year for capital investment by <a href=”https://www.gdbiw.com/”Bath Iron …

Bonds

On Monday, July 17, the Appropriations Committee held hearings on the 13 bond bills outlined below.

On July 19, the committee, recommended the three highlighted bills to the full legislature and carried the remaining bills forward consideration next year.

On July 20, the legislature enacted the $105M transportation bond bill LD 1552 and tabled until …

Summary of Rep. Hubbell’s bills this session.

ENACTED (12 sponsored and 3 cosponsored):

Tax credits, school funding, diplomas, minimum wage, solar, and immigrants

March 20, 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The last few very busy weeks have taken us into the height of this legislative session.  (You can take a look at my public calendar if you’d like to see in detail.)  As we wrap up committee work and shift more into bill enactment, I wanted to summarize …

LD 1627: Proficiency credentials testimony

March 7, 2016

Senator Langley, Representative Kornfield, Esteemed Colleagues on the Education Committee,

I am Brian Hubbell, representing House District 135, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, and Lamoine, and I am here this morning testifying in favor of our committee bill, LD 1627 An Act To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Maine Proficiency Education Council.…

Flexibility, accountability: A better way to chart Maine students’ learning

[OpEd in Bangor Daily News, Feb. 23, 2016]

Maine’s future depends on educating students who can think for themselves, write and speak clearly, and work together to solve complex problems. Accomplishing this requires reaching students who learn in different ways and at different paces and for whom the pathways of lifelong learning will …

Bipartisan Delegation Visits Prestigious Maine Research Institutions

Bipartisan Delegation Visits Prestigious Maine Research Institutions

Visit to Hancock County a continuation of Speaker Eves’ Statewide Jobs Tour


MDI Biological Laboratory: Right to Left: Judy Sproule (Depute Director of Development), Jeri Bowers (Director of Development and Public Affairs), Alf Anderson (Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce), Representative Chapman, Senator Brian Langley, Speaker Eves, Representative Hubbell,

Hubbell joins 350 state legislators advocating at Paris Climate Conference for 50% clean energy by 2030

Dear President Obama:

We, the undersigned local and state elected officials, strongly support the goal to achieve more than 50 percent clean energy by 2030, putting us on the path to 100 percent clean energy sources by 2050.

This is a necessary and achievable goal. With the implementation of the Clean Power Plan, the EPA