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  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 2:05 PM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    Maine Technology Institute (MTI) Solicits Proposals for the Maine Clean Energy Innovation Challenge

    May 17, 2021

    Today, the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) began soliciting proposals for the Maine Clean Energy Innovation Challenge that was announced by Governor Janet Mills on Earth Day. In collaboration with the Governor’s Energy Office, MTI developed the challenge to catalyze the deployment of innovative clean energy technology solutions in Maine.

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  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:11 PM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    SANDWICH, Mass., April 22, 2021: 

    Retail electricity supplier Actual Energy Inc. and solar energy software company SolBid today announced a formal collaboration to offer solar energy to commercial and industrial electricity consumers. The companies’ goal is to optimize cost savings and carbon emissions reduction efforts for customers interested in on-site (“behind-the-meter”) solar generation. SolBid’s solar solutions complement Actual Energy’s data-driven, transparent electricity procurement process.

    According to Tony Bianco, Director of Sales and Business Development for Actual Energy: “We supply electricity, but we also supply energy solutions, so there’s synergy between Actual Energy and SolBid. Our customers choose us for our transparency, exceptional service, and sustainability, and this extends to SolBid as well. We regularly see aspirational energy management plans that include on-site solar, but our customers and prospects are often overwhelmed with options. To streamline the process, we will now direct them to SolBid, where their solar energy needs will be analyzed, and a customized plan will be developed and implemented. Our customers deserve the highest level of industry expertise and that is what SolBid delivers.”

    “Our team is excited about the synergies between the two companies. Both companies are focused on quality and excellence, so there is a great opportunity for business development,” said Ian Ricci, COO/CTO of SolBid. “SolBid’s technology allows us to easily build accurate solar projects in a matter of minutes. We also make the whole experience of going solar easy for everyone. Actual Energy’s customers are in great hands.”

    Mark Finley, CEO of Actual Energy, is excited about the alliance: “Sustainability is a core tenet of ours, so it makes sense to offer solar to our customers—over and above what we have in our generation mix. With SolBid as a trusted partner, we can recommend a product that enhances our own.”

    About Actual Energy: A retail energy supplier based in Massachusetts, Actual Energy provides hourly electricity pricing and innovative advisory services to commercial and industrial customers in New England. Actual Energy’s technology platform facilitates energy conservation, cost reduction, and carbon management. Transparency and sustainability are Actual Energy’s guiding principles. Learn more at actualenergy.com.

     

    About SolBid: SolBid is a clean energy technology company that deploys commercial and industrial solar energy systems. This is done via SolBid’s proprietary solar software platform and partner network. Learn more at solbid.com.

     

    Contacts:

     

    Actual Energy:
    John Carroll (Maine Business Development Manager)

    (207) 458-9889

    john.carroll@actualenergy.com

     

    SolBid:
    Ian Ricci

    (857) 233-9283

    iricci@solbid.com


  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:23 PM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)



    FOR RELEASE: April 28, 2021

    CONTACT:

    ReEnergy: Sarah Boggess: (518) 810-0200, sboggess@reenergyholdings.com

    Ember: Maria Rengifo: (646) 374-4476, maria@ember-infra.com


    ReEnergy and Ember Infrastructure to Form Bioenergy Platform Joint Venture


    ReEnergy Biomass Operations LLC (“ReEnergy”) and Ember Infrastructure (“Ember”) today announced plans to enter into a joint venture to create an industry-leading bioenergy platform.  The company will be named ReGenerate Energy (the “Company”) and will be led by experienced team members from ReEnergy and Ember.  The Company will acquire an ownership interest in ReEnergy’s two biomass power plants in Maine,ReEnergy Stratton and ReEnergy Livermore Falls, and will look to expand the platform through the acquisition of additional bioenergy assets across North America.


    The Company will leverage ReEnergy’s operational capabilities and both teams’ experience in acquiring and growing renewable energy platforms as it pursues a robust pipeline of acquisition targets.  ReEnergy will continue operating the Maine facilities as well as the other assets added to the Company, and the Maine facilities will continue to use the ReEnergy name.


    Larry D. Richardson, Chief Executive Officer of ReEnergy Holdings and one of its co-founders, said: “This is an exciting time in the history of ReEnergy. With the combination of Ember’s capital and experience in the energy industry, and ReEnergy’s expertise in the bioenergy sector, we look forward to a period of new growth and innovation.” 


    Elena Savostianova, Managing Partner of Ember said: “We are thrilled to partner with ReEnergy, given the team’s track record of best-in-class operations as we build out the platform and capitalize on compelling opportunities we see in the bioenergy sector as demand grows for resource efficient, carbon-neutral base-load power generation.”


    The transaction is expected to close this summer; terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 


    Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP served as legal counsel to ReEnergy.  Mayer Brown LLP served as legal counsel to Ember.


    About ReEnergy 

    ReEnergy Biomass Operations LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of ReEnergy Holdings LLC, which was formed in 2008 by a senior management team comprised of experienced industry professionals along with an energy-sector focused private equity fund. In 2019, the management team completed a buyout of this fund’s ownership interest. ReEnergy Holdings LLC also owns ReEnergy Black River, a 60-MW biomass power facility located on the Fort Drum U.S. Army installation near Watertown NY, and ReSource Waste Services LLC, which operates five facilities in New England that recycle construction and demolition waste materials.  ReEnergy’s bioenergy facilities transform forest-derived, sustainably harvested woody biomass and other wood waste residues to produce renewable clean energy.  This benefits the environment by enhancing forest health and reducing the use of fossil fuels.


    The 48-MW ReEnergy Stratton and 39-MW ReEnergy Livermore Falls facilities support approximately 50 direct jobs, more than 300 indirect jobs, spend more than $30 million annually and purchase more than 700,000 tons of fuel each year from Maine loggers/truckers and mills.  


    About Ember

    Founded in 2018, Ember is a New York-based private equity firm delivering capital solutions to businesses and assets seeking to reduce carbon intensity and enhance resource efficiency.  Ember focuses on equity investments across renewable energy, water, waste, industrials and agricultural infrastructure.  For more information, please visit www.ember-infra.com.  



  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:58 AM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    Alpha Analytical supports Maine DEP with PFAS

    Alpha is providing laboratory support under contract with the Maine DEP for the analysis of drinkwater, groundwater, soil, sludge, milk and other agricultural products for the presence of Per & Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).  Using its newly expanded PFAS laboratory located in Mansfield, Massachusetts, Alpha provides analyses for these persistent chemicals.  Alpha provides daily courier services from its Brewer, Maine location, throughout the state of Maine, where samples are picked up and delivered to our labs.  

    To find out more information on PFAS, please visit:  https://alphalab.com/index.php/analytical-services/emerging-contaminants/per-and-polyfluorinated-alkyl-substances-pfas

    Or send an email to Steve Knollmeyer sknollmeyer@alphalab.com



  • Friday, January 15, 2021 11:30 AM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    January 12, 2021 / Billings, MT Power Delivery Industry Announcement - Electrical Consultants, Inc. [“ECI”], a leading power delivery provider to the utility and energy industries in North America is pleased to announce the acquisition of Casco Systems [“Casco”] headquartered in Cumberland, Maine.  Casco is a respected consultant that has provided design, protection, integration, automation and testing services to a broad spectrum of utilities, renewable energy developers, generation plants and industrial clients for over 19 years. In addition to the Cumberland office, Casco maintains field offices in Waterville, Maine and Rochester, New York.

     

    The integration of Casco with ECI is the most recent of ECI’s multi-step initiatives to advance our presence, relationships and services along the Eastern Seaboard. This acquisition brings together teams that share ECI’s culture of Relentless Dedication to Optimum Quality and Timeliness. Both companies provide engineering, commissioning & construction services to some of the same regional customers.  Casco brings deep industry-leading IEC-61850 design, integration, protection and cyber security expertise to benefit ECI’s wide range of utility and energy customers.  Casco will operate under the name Casco Systems – “A Division of Electrical Consultants, Inc.” for the foreseeable future.

     

    The addition of the Casco Team will support ECI in continuing to meet our customer’s unprecedented demands for Engineering and Construction Management services with Distinction” - quote of Richard McComish, ECI President and EPCS President. 

     

    The addition of Casco Systems expertise in protection, integration and automation to ECI’s impressive group of electric power experts creates an industry leading team with a national footprint. It enables our Cumberland office to execute projects large and small to ensure we meet our client's needs.” – said Kevin Mahoney, ECI Vice President of Automation & Integration and General Manager of ECI’s Cumberland, Maine office.

     

    About ECI – ECI is a strategic provider of vertically integrated engineering and construction services to utilities nationwide.  Additionally, ECI is arguably the premier provider of these services to the renewable energy industry encompassing wind, solar and energy storage.  The Company offers a full complement of in-house services in OH and UG power T&D, station engineering, protection engineering, electrical studies, environmental & permitting, utility land surveying, regulatory compliance and construction services.  ECI’s wholly owned subsidiary, EPC Services Company, is among the largest and most respected professionally led firms providing full EPC execution for power projects through EHV levels. ECI provides both ESOP and private ownership opportunities for our staff of over 700 dedicated employees, all of whom serve the power delivery, generation and industrial markets.

     

    About Casco Systems – Casco Systems is a division of ECI. Casco is The Control & Automation Solutions Company, applying technology to protect, control, automate and integrate power systems for utility, power generation and industrial clients throughout North America. Casco’s team of engineers, project managers and technology specialists provide best in class solutions & service. For more information, contact Andrea Lowell at 207-829-8490.


  • Friday, October 16, 2020 4:40 PM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    Efficiency Maine has recently issued a Request for Proposal from qualified bidders (or teams of bidders) to host, purchase, install and operate public Level 2 EV chargers to serve electric vehicles (EV) at locations throughout Maine where there is a high likelihood of significant use and longevity.

     

    Qualifying bids must propose to install a minimum of 4 EV plugs (or ports) per location and a maximum of 8 EV plugs (or ports) per location.  Only customers of CMP or Versant may apply.  Efficiency Maine is particularly interested in bids from large employers, apartment managers, retail centers and other locations where there is a high probably of EVs parking now and in the future. Winning bids may receive up to $4,000 per plug.

     

    The full RFP and Application Form can be found here: https://www.efficiencymaine.com/rfp-em-005-2021/

     

    This is one of two pilot programs approved by the MPUC to promote the beneficial electrification of Maine’s transportation sector. See attached for a summary of the pilots.


    Summary_MPUC_L2_Chargers_Pilots_CMP_EMT.pdf


  • Thursday, October 01, 2020 7:11 PM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    Earlier this month CMP launched a Make Ready Grant Program for Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) chargers. 

    Central Maine Power’s Make-Ready Grant Program


    CMP’s process is designed to be easy to navigate from application to implementation. Our make-ready grant program launched in early September and the rolling application process will continue until all 60 charging ports are awarded.  



    This pilot will provide an incentive for Level 2 EV charger projects with a minimum of 4 charger plugs at eligible public, workplace, or multi-unit dwelling sites. Sites are eligible for an incentive of up to $4,000 per plug towards the cost of implementation services and make-ready infrastructure.



    Learn more about this pilot program and our simple application process. The evaluation process begins on October 1, 2020 and applications will be considered on a first applied – first reviewed basis until all 60 chargers have been approved. We encourage you to share this opportunity with your network!


    For More Information Contact:


    Peter Hinkley, 207-530-0181 Peter.Hinkley@avangrid.com

    Aaron Smith, 207-844-9202 Aaron.Smith@avangrid.com


  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:43 AM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    September 22, 2020

    BELFAST, Maine

    PowerMarket, an employee-owned community solar management services company, has partnered with SunRaise, a New England solar energy developer, owner, and operator, to bring some of the first community solar projects to Maine. PowerMarket and SunRaise’s goal is simple: Bring locally produced clean energy to local residents and businesses. With the recent passing of community solar legislation in Maine, residents can now support renewable energy that is produced in the state while seeing guaranteed savings on their utility bill every month.

    Community solar is a renewable energy model that has seen success in states like Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. Residents and small businesses in the same utility territory as a community solar project can subscribe to a portion of it. Subscribers receive guaranteed savings on their utility bill for the clean energy that their portion of the project produces and supplies to the utility grid. Subscribers are then billed for their portion of the project but at a discount for supporting clean energy - saving them money every month.

    PowerMarket has worked to help bring community solar and its benefits to Mainers. To support this effort, PowerMarket has created four new jobs in Maine. PowerMarket also seeks to help build Maine’s clean energy future by being a proud Sustaining Leader of E2Tech.

    “For many years, numerous states have seen the benefits of community solar thanks to the help of our PowerMarket team. We are excited to finally bring these benefits to the state of Maine as well. The recent momentum behind community solar in Maine means saving residents money while ensuring a better future for communities throughout the state. We are proud to be a part of the clean energy movement in Maine.” - Nick Baudouin, Co-Founder of PowerMarket

    While at first community solar can seem complicated, PowerMarket’s experienced team works to streamline the process so that subscribing to a community solar project is simple and easy. That is why SunRaise decided to work with PowerMarket.

    “We are excited to finally be able to provide Mainers with off-site solar power that is lower cost, clean, and local. PowerMarket has been a great partner in bringing some of our first community solar projects in Maine to life. Drawing on PowerMarket’s expertise in the community solar industry, their team helped our project launch go smoothly so Maine residents can simply sign up and enjoy the benefits of community solar. Just as it should be.” - Patrick Jackson, Co-Founder of SunRaise Investments

    All Central Maine Power customers are able to subscribe to these community solar projects where participants will not only be guaranteed 10% savings on the community solar credits they receive every month, but also support clean energy in Maine. Residents who are interested in becoming subscribers or those who have questions about community solar in Maine can contact PowerMarket at sunraise@powermarket.io or 207-280-8130. As some of the first community solar projects in the state, spots will fill up quickly so subscribers should act fast.

    About PowerMarket:

    PowerMarket works to make clean energy more accessible, affordable, and ubiquitous through community solar. We are a recognized market leader in providing subscriber acquisition, management & billing services to the community solar industry. Based in New York City, we manage over 20,000 subscribers—ensuring they are seeing utility bill credits, savings and the environmental impact of their participation. Since inception, we have put over $600,000 back in the pockets of our community solar subscribers. We are an advocate for our subscribers and have rolled out many programs across the Northeast with Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI) carve outs to ensure benefits are equally distributed to these communities.

    Company Website: www.powermarket.io

    Media Contact: Nick Baudouin


    About SunRaise:

    SunRaise Investments is a mission driven commercial solar energy owner, operator, and development group. We develop, finance, own, and operate large community solar energy projects. As a developer and owner, we are unique in that we can be the one party to bring your public or private property through permitting, interconnection, construction, financing, and operation, allowing property owners to enjoy a seamless relationship with one party. Lease your land or roof and receive long-term predictable revenue from SunRaise. We develop projects on farm land, roof tops, landfills, gravel pits, parking lot canopies, industrial sites, forested land and more. We invest in these solar projects so our electricity consumers don't have to pay the upfront cost of solar. Instead, we provide consumers with a low, stable electricity rate, significant savings, and environmental leadership. We choose to do this because we care deeply about our future. We are committed to a complete transition away from fossil fuels & towards clean renewable energy because it must happen now.

    Company Website: http://www.sunraiseinvestments.com/#home-3

    Media Contact: Patrick Jackson


  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:53 AM | Joe Brown

    Check out this compilation of celebratory videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meXLTOusgeE


  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:13 AM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    Portland, Maine, August 11, 2020 – ORPC, Inc., a global energy solutions company with expertise in microgrid development and marine renewable energy systems that generate power from free-flowing rivers and tidal currents, has selected Downeast Machine & Engineering of Mechanic Falls, Maine,­ to build the structural components for its second commercial RivGen® Power System device.­

    ORPC will install the device in Igiugig, Alaska, in 2021, as part of a multi-year project supported in part by funding to the Village of Igiugig from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technology Office and Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, as well as private investment.

    ORPC installed the first RivGen device, also constructed and assembled by Downeast Machine, in the local Kvichak River in 2019. When completed the Igiugig project will feature two RivGen devices, smart grid controls and electronics, and an energy storage system, resulting in baseload power supplied from renewable river energy and a 90% reduction in the community’s use of diesel fuel. 

    “The Igiugig-ORPC partnership is the model marine renewable energy project in the United States today and exemplifies a long-term and predictable renewable energy solution available to remote communities around the world,” said ORPC CEO, Stuart Davies.

    “We are very excited to, again, have the opportunity to work with ORPC in the manufacture, fabrication and assembly of a second RivGen device,” said Michael Bertrand, Project Manager for Downeast Machine. “These large-scale, fabricated assemblies are uniquely suited to our highly skilled fabricators and industrial-sized fabrication facility.”

    ORPC is Maine-based, with headquarters in Portland, an operations center in Eastport, and an engineering laboratory in Brunswick, where the Downeast Machine team will assist ORPC engineers with final system integration of the RivGen device. ORPC has a project office in Alaska, operates subsidiaries in in Montreal (ORPC Canada) and Dublin (ORPC Ireland), and is working with project partners in Patagonia, Chile. For more information, visit www.orpc.co.

    Downeast Machine’s headquarters is in Mechanic Falls and its fabrication facility is in Leeds, Maine. The company provides quality design, machining, fabrication, and industrial maintenance services throughout Maine and northern New England. The company was formed in 1979, and purchased its Leeds facility in 2011, retrofitting it using a Maine Rural Development Authority loan. In 2016 Downeast Machine became 100% employee owned. Its Leeds facility specializes in large fabricated drums, vats, tanks, and other products in stainless steel, high end stainless alloys and carbon steel, transforming plates of steel into fabricated, machined and painted fully finished and customer-ready products. For more information, visit https://www.downeastmachine.com.

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