ME has $9 million available for large energy efficiency and conservation projects

By Ramona du Houx - October 4th, 2009 · 

Efficiency Maine and the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust (Trust) are joining forces to announce a $9 million energy efficiency and conservation competitive granting program to save energy and save jobs by investing in large scale energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

“We are very excited to launch this program, and have already received nearly forty requests for the application. We look forward to reviewing and awarding these funds quickly,” says Sharon Reishus, Chair of the Public Utilities Commission.

“The Trust and Efficiency Maine worked together to align their programs goals and develop one-stop-shopping for large energy efficiency projects. This program greatly complements the commercial and residential programs we are already delivering through Efficiency Maine and we are looking forward to results,” says Tom Tietenberg, a Trustee of the Trust.

Applications will be evaluated based on energy savings, greenhouse gas savings, economic impacts, such as job creation and retention, and the readiness of the project. Awards are expected to range between $100,000 and $1 million. The notice for the request for applications was issued on Friday, September 25, 2009, and is available on the Maine Public Utilities Commission website. Applications are due November 4, 2009.

Efficiency Maine is funding this program through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust is funding this program through the revenues received from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions.