December 13, 2017

Here’s your chance to have a voice in shaping state’s energy plan

Schedule of meetings

Here are the times and locations for the public meetings, which were rescheduled from meetings cancelled in mid-October:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to noon, University of Southern Maine, Wishcamper Center, Room 102, 44 Bedford St., Portland.

  • Friday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to noon, 111 Sewall St., Augusta, Room 211 / Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee Room.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, 10 a.m. to noon, University of Maine, Presque Isle, Campus Center, Allagash Room, 181 Main St., Presque Isle.

The Governor's Energy Office is hosting three regional meetings over the next few weeks asking Mainers for their input on developing an "energy planning roadmap" that advances Maine's energy, economic development and environmental goals.

The roadmap, which uses the 2015 state comprehensive energy plan update as a starting point, has the following objectives:

  • Achieve energy and cost savings in the residential, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors.
  • Reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Support the growth of a robust state and regional energy market and workforce.

An experienced steering committee will be helping the Governor's Energy Office in setting the overall direction of the project. The state has also sought information and recommendations from expert task forces and interagency discussions in the areas of energy innovation, heating and energy efficiency, and transportation.

With assistance from project partner E2Tech, the Governor's Energy Office will be facilitating a series of public meetings over the next couple of weeks to obtain input from private, public and nonprofit stakeholders on how to develop more targeted and successful strategies to meet these objectives.

"We want everyone's best ideas so that we can lower energy costs and be friendly to the environment," Energy Office Director Steve McGrath said in a news release.

Jeff Marks, executive director of E2Tech, said input from Maine's energy stakeholders is a critical component of this project.

"In addition to engaging businesses, municipalities, nonprofits, policymakers, and other energy professionals, we want to ensure that the general public has the opportunity to contribute to the Maine Energy Roadmap and its potential direction for the state's citizens and businesses," he said.


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