SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Governor LePage criticized the state's Green Energy policies at an energy forum Today, saying Maine ratepayers can't afford to subsidize clean energy research and development projects.

His comments came on the same day an environmental group released it's report touting the benefits of clean energy.

Whether its the use of solar panels, wind turbines or cleaner cars, the Environment Maine report found clean energy initiatives are having an impact on Maine. The report found that use of those clean energy sources along with state and federal policies reduced carbon pollution by 600,000 metric tons in 2012. That's equivalent to the annual emissions released by about 125-thousand cars.

"By using energy more efficiently and getting more of our power from clean, renewable sources we are delivering a one-two punch in the fight against global warming", said Emily Figdor of Environment Maine.

Governor LePage and his Energy Director say solar energy will not keep Mainers warm. Earlier this weekthe governor criticized Democrats for supporting a Solar Energy rebate bill, which faces further votes in the legislature.

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