Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, was named Northeast Clean Energy Council’s 2016 Clean Energy Champion Wednesday.

“Forward-thinking energy policies protect our environment and drive our economy, strengthening businesses both small and large,” said Gideon. “Maine has the opportunity to actively promote innovation and encourage our growing clean energy sector. I’m proud to work toward a greener, more vibrant economy with Mainers and stakeholders across our region through Northeast Clean Energy Council’s efforts.”

The award is given to lawmakers who demonstrate consistent leadership in advancing clean energy policies and technology in their state.

A past member of the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, Gideon has worked to promote clean, renewable energy and encourage efficiency, capitalize on Maine’s natural resources, lower energy costs and boost the clean-energy economy.

Northeast Clean Energy Council works to advance clean energy policies in seven northeast states. The council’s state partner organization is the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, or E2Tech.

Gideon is currently serving her second term in the Maine House.

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