Klein quoted in Times Record column on renewable energy

Sharon Klein, an associate professor of economics at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Times Record column on renewable energy in Maine. Maine ranks first in renewable energy production, leads New England states in wind generation, and has the potential to generate more than 500 percent of its current electricity sales from renewable energy sources like solar and wind, the column states. But Maine also still depends heavily on fossil fuels. Klein recommends better consumer guidance concerning renewable energy options in Maine, according to the column. Her research demonstrates that grassroots efforts like “solarize” group-purchasing programs can prompt adoption of new behaviors. “It’s pretty clear we need to get people engaged in community-level projects,” Klein said.