Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) is asking Mainers for their input


Governor's Energy Office

For Immediate Release:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Contact:  Steven McGrath, Energy Office Director (207) 441-0359

Augusta, Maine –  The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) is asking Mainers for their input as they develop an Energy Planning Roadmap that advances the state of Maine’s energy, economic development and environmental goals. 

The roadmap, which builds upon the 2015 state comprehensive energy plan update(http://maine.gov/energy/pdf/2015%20Energy%20Plan%20Update%20Final.pdf), has the following objectives:  achieve energy and cost savings in the residential, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors; reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; and support the growth of a robust state and regional energy market and workforce. The GEO is fortunate to have the guidance of an experienced and highly qualified steering committee in setting the overall direction of the project. The State has also sought information and recommendations from issue-expert taskforces and interagency discussions in the areas of energy innovation, heating and energy efficiency and transportation. 

With assistance from project partner E2Tech, the GEO has already held several public meetings to solicit input from private, public and non-profit stakeholders. The GEO will now travel to Presque Isle to seek input from northern Maine stakeholders on how to develop more targeted and successful strategies to meet energy policy objectives. 

Energy Office Director Steve McGrath highlights the importance of public participation in this process.  "We want everyone's best ideas so that we can lower energy costs and be friendly to the environment."

Melissa Winne, Acting Executive Director of project partner E2Tech, agrees. "Input from Maine's energy stakeholders is a critical component of this project. In addition to engaging businesses, municipalities, nonprofits, policymakers, and other energy professionals, we want to ensure that the general public has the opportunity to contribute to the Maine Energy Roadmap and its potential direction for the State's citizens and businesses." 

The time and location of the meeting is: 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
1–3 p.m.
Campus Center, Allagash Room
University of Maine, Presque Isle
181 Main Street
Presque Isle, Maine 04769

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