Environmental Bills 

(AP) – Separate bills in the Legislature promote solar and wind energy projects.

Earlier this week, the Senate advanced a bill to extend Maine’s rebate program for solar thermal and photovoltaic systems by two more years.

The bill faces additional House votes.

Another bill, still in committee, encourages wind energy development through several financing and tax incentives.

For example, it makes a community wind power generator tax credit permanent.

Still another bill promotes small-scale wind power projects.

Meanwhile, in a rare joint meeting, a majority of two committees voted in favor of a plan to allow Maine to join with nine other northeastern states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

The initiative would set up a pollution credit trading system in the Northeast to reduce global warming pollution by 10 percent by 2019.