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Report: Oil Use Down in Maine
04/25/2013 10:11 AM ET  

A state Energy Office report says Maine residents have decreased their oil use by 26 percent since 2007.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The report, required by state law, also finds oil consumption is down in the commercial sector by 20 percent, and in the industrial sector by a significant 40 percent, since 2007.

Those reductions, which result from current policies and market conditions, will enable the state to meet its 2030 goal of a 30 percent reduction without additional actions.

But meeting the long term target of a 50 percent reduction by 2050 will prove much more challenging. Energy Office Director Patrick Woodcock says that despite a significant decline in oil consumption, Mainers will still spend more on oil to heat their homes than any other state in the country.



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