Now, Aldie, I believe I could throw a cat through that crack under your door. That’s right nice of you, heating the neighborhood like that, but the way oil’s going you might want to tighten ‘er up just a dite.

Efficiency / Conservation Posts

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY

We all waste more energy than we like to think about. Because wasted renewable energy is still wasted energy, we need to maximize our energy efficiency before we invest in renewable energy sources for our homes & businesses. The cheapest unit of energy is the one we don't need to burn at all. Read on to get started.

 

Efficiency / Conservation Blog Posts

07/01/2015 - 5:43pm

Climate Solutions Map courtesy of Climate SolutionsThe Climate Solutions Mapping Project is collecting information on community, business, governmental, and educational initiatives in Maine that are working to prevent furt

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07/01/2015 - 9:10am

Johannes Rittershausen, Managing Director of Convergent Energy and Power photo by Kay MannThe success of increased renewable energy generation may rest on growth in the distributed and grid-scale energy storage marke

06/23/2015 - 9:36am

Alan Caron, photo courtesy of Envision MaineOn June 12, 2015, Envision Maine convened an unprecedented gathering of some of Maine’s largest chambers of commerce, environmental, energy and research organizations to explore the changes th

06/01/2015 - 8:57pm

Senator Angus King explains the importance of renewable energy to students of The Friends School of Portland courtesy of Broad Reach Public RelationsA special, intergenerational partne

03/27/2015 - 5:08pm

Ron Phillips of Coastal Enterprises photo by Kay MannCoastal Enterprises, Inc (CEI) held its 37th Annual Meeting at Bowdoin College March 10, 2015 and bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin was the keynote speaker.

03/04/2015 - 9:38pm

The business efficiency panel of experts at the 2015 Efficiency Maine Symposium photo by Kay ManOn January 29, 2015, Efficiency Maine held its annual symposium in Augusta at the Governor Hill Mansion.

01/27/2015 - 9:31pm

Michael Stoddard Executive Director of Efficiency Maine Trust addresses Sustain Mid Maine Coalition Annual Meeting Photo by Kay MannThe Sustain Mid Maine Coalition held its annual meeting with 33 members on Saturday January 24, 2015 in Waterville.

01/25/2015 - 5:19pm

The government energy policy panel photo by Kay MannGovernor Paul LePage has placed energy cost reduction at the top of his agenda in his second term.

Efficiency/Conservation News Posts

Legislature Overrides Veto to Help Restore Efficiency Maine Funding
07/01/2015 - 8:31pm

And image courtesy of Maine Association of Building Energy Professionals.L.D. 1215, the bill that restores the missing word "and" that was omitted from the 2014 Omnibus Energy Bill and reverses the ruling by the Public Utilities Commission to cut Efficiency Maine funding by $38 million, is now law.

On June 23, 2015, the governor vetoed the bill. First the House voted 144-0 to override the veto, then the Senate voted to do the same, 35-0. The Public Utilities Commission will be asked to reconsider its vote in light of the new legislation and set the funding level at the intended $60 million.

Read the full story in the Portland Press Herald.

Image credit: And image courtesy of Maine Association of Building Energy Professionals.

Bowdoin College Earns EPA Award for Energy Efficiency Efforts
07/01/2015 - 4:42pm

Solar panels atop Bowdoin's Farley Field House and Watson Arena Image courtesy of Bowdoin CollegeOn July 1, 2015, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine was recognized by EPA with a 2015 Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award. CHP technology produces electricity and useful heat simultaneously from a single energy source, such as natural gas, oil, or biomass. For hospital systems and universities, CHP systems can also provide reliability benefits which ensure that these facilities’ operations can continue in the event of power outages.

This award recognizes Bowdoin College for the superior efficiency of its CHP system that produces 630 kW of electricity and steam that provides space heating and hot water to 1.4 million square feet across 56 campus buildings. Bowdoin’s CHP system, designed by RMF Engineering, includes an oil or natural gas-fired boiler and a 630 kW steam turbine. With an operating efficiency of nearly 87 percent, the CHP system requires approximately 12 percent less fuel than grid-supplied electricity and conventional steam production. The system also avoids emissions of air pollutants, including an estimated 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, equal to the emissions from the generation of electricity used by nearly 130 homes.

Follow links for more information about EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership or on Energy Star CHP awards.

Image: Solar panels atop Bowdoin's Farley Field House and Watson Arena. Image courtesy of Bowdoin College.

King Proposes Bill to Promote Personal Energy Independence
06/01/2015 - 12:20pm

Senator Angus King of Maine image courtesy of Angus KingOn May 6, 2015, Senator Angus King of Maine introduced The Free Market Energy Act of 2015, which would establish a set of parameters for the governance of distributed energy resources (DER) such as solar power, stored energy or demand response. Existing policies discourage investment in DER. For example, utilities may levy expensive grid-connection fees on consumers who pursue newer technologies, while current net metering formulas may not properly compensate grid owners when these new technologies are connected.

The proposed act would protect the right of consumers to connect their distributed resources to the grid for a reasonable price while also ensuring that grid owners and operators receive proper compensation to maximize the potential of DER in relation to the grid. The act would also retain the authority of each state to design its own set of rules within its parameters, to properly reflect the state’s needs.

Read the bill here.

Efficiency Maine Increases Incentives on Heat Pump Water Heaters
05/01/2015 - 11:03am

diagram of a heat pump water heater image courtesy of US DOEEfficiency Maine has announced that effective April 15, 2015, the mail-in rebate on qualifying heat pump water heaters will be increased from $100 to $300.

This means that, after rebates, a $1,000 heat pump water heater costs only $300 more than a traditional electric water heater. With average savings of $250/yr, a heat pump water heater will pay for itself in 1.2 years - an 83% return on investment after taxes, according to Efficiency Maine.

Learn more here.

Dimmable LED Street Lights to Save Big at Brunswick Landing
04/16/2015 - 11:44am

A worker installs LED street lighting at Brunswick Landing in Maine image courtesy of Midcoast Regional Redevelopment AuthorityBrunswick Landing has become the first demonstration site in the US to use radio-frequency controls to dim LED street lights at times and locations of low traffic. Pemco Holdings, LLC, which managed and financed the project, announced its completion in April of 2015.

The cost of the conversion from sodium and metal halide fixtures to dimmable LED's will be paid for from the expected 85% savings on the cost of lighting at the former naval air station. Pemco has raised another $30 million to finance similar projects.

Read the full article here.

Image courtesy of Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.

Efficiency/Conservation Job and RFP Posts

Bangor
01/01/2022 - 5:00am

Penobscot Home Performance is currently hiring experienced Weatherization Technicians service Penobscot, Piscataquis, Knox, Waldo, and Hancock Counties. Responsible for on-site renovations identified during energy assessments that will reduce energy use in homes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Bangor
12/31/2021 - 11:00pm

Penobscot Home Performance is currently hiring experienced Home Energy Evaluators to service Penobscot, Piscataquis, Knox, Waldo, and Hancock Counties. Visits homes of customers to test and identify conditions that cause energy waste and recommends actions to improve comfort, health, safety, and energy efficiency.