Energy And Environmental Briefs (December 2017)

Monday, December 04, 2017 3:27 PM | Anonymous

CHP in Maine. The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the University of Maine to lead one of eight regional partnerships dedicated to the promotion, technical support, and deployment of cost-effective and highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) technologies throughout the nation. UMaine, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire and Watson Strategy Group, will oversee the CHP Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) center in the northeast region, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Microgrids in Maine. A recent devastating wind storm swept through Maine with 80 mph wind gusts and cut out power for more than a half million Mainers, earning it the distinction of being the largest power outage in Maine history.  Other states are working on creating more reliability and resilient electricity grids.  The Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee is holding meetings on LD 257, which seeks to promote and incorporate microgrids and other innovative energy technologies.

Heating Oil in Maine. Maine’s winter heating season is in full swing and heating oil, kerosene, and propane prices are climbing.  Watch the Maine Governor’s Energy Office website for changes in fuel prices through March 2018.

EVs in Maine. Electric charging stations are popping up all over Maine, including recent installations at E2Tech Members LL Bean and Hannaford. Now, you can charge up while you wind down at Flight Deck Brewing in Brunswick. Tesla installed three charging stations at the brewery at Brunswick Landing, joining solar and an anaerobic digester as components of a burgeoning renewable energy center at Brunswick Landing.

Environmental Excellence in Maine. Governor Paul R. LePage and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection announced the recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The awards recognize businesses, public entities, and individuals for their extraordinary efforts to protect and improve Maine’s environment. E2Tech congratulates Pratt & Whitney and the City of Brewer for their awards, but sends a special shout-out to E2Tech co-founder and former Board Member James Atwell, Retired Senior Project Manager – Sevee & Maher Engineers. Inc. Throughout his 50-year career as a civil and environmental engineer, Jim has used his professional skills to make Maine a better place to work and live. 

Governor's Energy Bill. The Governor's Technical Energy Advisor, Jim LaBrecque, announced on a radio show that the Governor is working on an energy bill for the upcoming legislative session to reduce oil use, decrease heating and transportation costs, and reduce CO2 through "real time pricing". 

PUC Delays Solar Net Metering Change. The Maine Public Utilities Commission has decided to delay for four months the solar power net energy billing (aka net metering) rule that would gradually reduce the amount of credit for solar energy until the end of April 2018. The rule was originally slated to go into effect on January 1, 2018. 

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