Energy Action Team

Are you Interested in Joining a Wood Pellet Buyer’s Cooperative?

If you use wood pellets to heat your home or business, or are thinking of doing so, please join us for one of two focus groups to discuss the purchase and delivery of Maine-made wood pellets and whether there is interest to create a wood pellet buyer’s cooperative in Southern Maine. We envision a cooperative that would ensure adequate supply of high quality, Maine-made wood pellets to all interested members at a fair price with flexible payment plans and pre-buy options.

Focus groups will be held on:

Thursday, December 3, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 9, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to Jennifer Brennan if you plan to attend.

 

An Energy Action Team (EAT) was formed in May, 2013 with Jennifer Puser of GPCOG and Jeff Packard, CEO of Alodyne both co-chairing the Committee.

The Energy Action Team formed several sub-committees made up predominantly of private sector business people in order to implement energy projects that reduce energy consumption and costs in the following five project areas. These include:

Promotion of Locally Produced Biodiesel – The EAT has been working with Casco Bay Lines to use a blend of 20% locally produced biodiesel in their ferry fleet from Maine Standard Biofuels of Portland. The new fuel has been in use since June.

See Press Release of Maine Standard Biofuels 8th Anniversary as a local Portland Business

Energy Efficiency for Businesses – The EAT held a successful Energy Efficiency Workshop for Small Businesses on April 1, 2014 with approximately 50 people in attendance. Efficiency Maine provided a trainer.

Sebago Lakes Region Energy Projects– The EAT has met with local elected officials in the lakes region in order to gauge interest in potential energy projects there. The EAT also held an Energy Summit at St. Joseph’s College on April 29th to continue exploring potential ideas and is having on-going discussions with the College on a number of potential projects. So far, solar, biomass and potentially bringing natural gas to the region have been suggested.

Creation of a 2030 District in Portland – The EAT has recruited several high-level commercial property owners and managers to participate in the formation of a “2030 District”, or high performance building district on the Peninsula in Portland with the goals of reducing energy and water consumption and transportation emissions 50% by 2030.  Portland was recently accepted by the National 2030 Architecture initiative as an “Emerging” District and an Advisory Board is being formed.

Promotion of Combined Heat and Power Technologies – The EAT held a very successful workshop on Combined Heat and Power on November 22nd at Woodard and Curran with over 65 people in attendance. The event was sponsored by Woodard and Curran, East Brown Cow, Self-Gen, Alodyne and GPCOG.