Building Maine’s Energy Planning Roadmap

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Jeff Marks Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine or E2Tech by Kay MannAs part of the forum hosted by the Environmental and Energy Technology Council (E2Tech) on March 3, 2017, Executive Director Jeff Marks delivered an update on the status of the Maine Energy Roadmap, which was first introduced at its annual expo in October 2016.

The forum was opened by Lisa Smith, Senior Planner at the Maine Governor's Energy Office, who remarked that today’s forum marked the kickoff of a stakeholder process in designing a new energy plan for Maine.

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) State Energy Program (SEP) dedicates a portion of its funding each year to help states to advance policies, programs, and market strategies that accelerate job creation, reduce energy bills and achieve energy and climate security for the nation. Maine was awarded one of these competitive grants in 2015 to work on a comprehensive energy plan. This plan, published in 2015 by the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO), is the starting point for this roadmap project.

Smith said that her office has been working with E2Tech to develop baseline data. Over the next 2 months they will be soliciting input from stakeholders about strengths and opportunities in Maine’s energy sector.

In Jeff Marks’ presentation, he echoed this, saying that the GEO has coordinated this effort and reached out to stakeholders, including E2Tech. He told the audience to plan to be approached to collect information, data and recommendations.

Marks outlined the objectives of roadmap process as being to:

achieve energy and cost savings in all sectors;
reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions;
support the growth of a robust energy market and workforce in Maine and the region and to
facilitate discussions among stakeholders and agencies.

The roadmap plan will be done in three phases, as follows:

Phase I is baselining: building a profile on energy use as it stands currently. This included building a database on who the energy sector is, developing a steering committee, baseline data development, doing a comparative advantage analysis and compiling a list of all energy policies and programs at all levels of government.

Phase II will be to establish a Maine Energy Planning Roadmap Task Force made of several working groups to address specific tasks, guided by the steering committee.

In Phase III, the process will be opened even wider to gather more input from the public at all levels of the energy sector. This phase will produce an action implementation plan and develop and launch the actual roadmap to reaching Maine’s secure energy future.

With that, Marks shared some slides showing interesting statistics on Maine’s and the region’s energy use, prices and emissions. Browse them near the end of the slide deck here.

Photo of Jeff Marks, Executive Director of E2Tech by Kay Mann.