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  • Nearly 90% of Maine is forested, and wood products, including biomass fuels, are an important part of the state's rural economy.
  • Maine had the lowest average electricity price in New England in 2017, in part because of the state’s low average industrial sector power price that reflects the use of less costly wood and wood waste as a generating fuel.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Maine households use fuel oil as their primary energy source for home heating, a higher share than in any other state.
  • In 2017, about three-quarters of Maine's net electricity generation came from renewable energy resources, with 30% from hydroelectricity, 26% from biomass (mainly wood products), and 20% from wind.
  • Maine leads New England in wind power, as the state's wind turbines accounted for two-thirds of the wind generation in the region during 2017.

Last Updated: June 21, 2018

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