AUGUSTA – Efficiency Maine held its Annual Symposium yesterday in Augusta honoring business leaders in Efficiency Maine programs and Maine’s energy efficiency community. Approximately 200 efficiency contractors, stakeholders, and legislators attended the event. Efficiency Maine also awarded the Philip C. Hastings Award to recently retired Maine Public Utilities Chairman Thomas L. Welch for his frequent and influential commitment to energy efficiency.
Dave’s World of Windham and Dover-Foxcroft was recognized for innovation in energy efficiency.
Participants attended a panel discussion on Maine’s path to affordable home heating led by home performance and heating system professionals. A workshop entitled “Using New “Smart” Technology to Lower Energy Bills for Maine Businesses” highlighted smart meter analytics and advanced controls technology. Patrick Woodcock, Director of the Governor’s Energy Office and Efficiency Maine Trust Board Member, offered his thoughts on the future of energy efficiency in Maine. Michael Stoddard, Executive Director of Efficiency Maine, provided highlights from Efficiency Maine’s work in the past year, including delivering electricity savings at an average levelized cost of 2.3 cents/kWh compared with an average cost of supply of 7 cents/kWh. Stoddard also shared that Efficiency Maine’s programs in FY14 helped Mainers avoid $191,779,901 in wasted energy costs. Efficiency upgrades installed since the Trust started in July, 2010 through the end of FY2014 are projected to lower lifetime energy costs by $964 million and now deliver the equivalent of a 96 MW power plant operating on the hottest day of the summer, accounting for 3 percent of Maine’s generating capacity during summer peak.
Efficiency Maine is an independent trust dedicated to promoting the efficient and cost-effective use of energy in order to save money for Maine residents and businesses, grow the economy and create jobs. For more information, visit www.EfficiencyMaine.com or call 1-866-376-2463.