Regional Energy Resources

Regional Energy Use and Emissions Inventories

Greater Portland Maine 2007 Energy Use and Emissions Inventory

In 2008, the Greater Portland Council of Governments’ (GPCOG) Executive Committee adopted seven Sustainability Principles. These principles state that, “A sustainable Greater Portland Region is one that…uses non-renewable resources sparingly, renewable resources at a sustainable rate, and in a continuous cycle [and]…thinks globally, acts regionally, and respects the local interests of its citizens”(GPCOG 2008). In order to implement these principles, it is important to establish a baseline of resource consumption. Consequently, in 2009 GPCOG and Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) partnered to conduct the Greater Portland Maine 2007 Energy Use and Emissions Inventory. An Executive Summary is available here.

Cumberland County Maine 2007 Energy Use and Emissions Inventory

With its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Energy, Cumberland County funded GPCOG to expand its regional inventory to the few remaining  towns in Cumberland County, resulting in the creation of Cumberland County ME 2007 Energy and Emissions Inventory.  This inventory formed the basis of the Cumberland County Climate and Energy Planing inititiative. An Executive Summary is available here.

Cumberland & York Counties, Maine 2010 Energy Use and Emissions Inventory

In 2010, GPCOG was awarded a $1.6 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in concert with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant funded the Sustain Southern Maine initiative, which encompassed 42 communities in York and Cumberland Counties.

The Sustain Southern Maine initiative provided the opportunity to build upon these previous inventories and energy planning work. Under Sustain Southern Maine, these inventories have been expanded to encompass all communities in both Cumberland and York Counties, and have also been updated to the year 2010. The Cumberland & York Counties, Maine 2010 Energy Use and Emissions Inventory helps identify which sectors will yield the most effective and efficient reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in Southern Maine. It also serves as a baseline against which the region can measure the success of future efforts to reduce emissions and energy consumption.

For more information, please contact Ben Lake at blake@gpcog.org