Maine Climate Table
Working together for climate action in Maine
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Energy Efficiency

 Making syrup in Limerick.

Making syrup in Limerick.

Energy Efficiency Subcommittee

One of the subcommittees of the Climate Table, this group is co-chaired by Suzanne MacDonald of the Island Institute and Tyler Kidder of GrowSmart Maine. The goal of the statewide work is to to increase consumer demand for and uptake of energy efficiency in residential, business and institutional/municipal buildings in Maine.

The Climate Table has identified a role that includes the following strategies to accomplish the above goal:

CONVENE strategic players within and beyond the field of energy efficiency that are not currently working together but that have experience, orientations and access to resources and technical assistance that can contribute to solutions,

CONNECT these organizations to each other so that they may share lessons learned and tools they have found to be effective in overcoming barriers and implementing efficiency measures and explore new ways to overcome barriers together,

CATALYZE concrete and pioneering action by providing a platform for these players to present and debate various proven models that can be replicated and supporting new initiatives that emerge from this process, as appropriate and practicable, and

COMMISSION additional research to support new actions, where required and sharing the results of our research, including messaging research undertaken in 2015-2017.


Background

The Climate Table proposes to catalyze action, harnessing the momentum built so far and leveraging the collective strengths and resources of its members and stakeholders to scale up energy efficiency efforts statewide.

From 2014-2016, the Climate Table conducted energy efficiency messaging research, mapped the energy efficiency system in Maine and held extended discussions among key stakeholders with knowledge of energy efficiency activity in Maine.

After considered deliberations, relying on the information acquired through these investigations, the Climate Table became convinced that it can play a meaningful role in addressing climate change in Maine. We developed an approach that we believe will be effective, will fill a current void and will contribute to realization of the goal stated above.

members of the EE subcommittee

  • Naomi Beal - PassivHaus Maine
  • Leigh Cameron - New England Grassroots Environment Fund
  • JennyDeHart - Unity College
  • Sophie Janeway - Natural Resources Council of Maine
  • Tyler Kidder - GrowSmart Maine
  • Cathy Lee - Lee International
  • Suzanne MacDonald - Island Institute
  • Kathleen Meil - Acadia Center
  • Lucy Van Hook - Our Katahdin
  • Dylan Voorhees - Natural Resources Council of Maine
  • Suzanne Walsh - Maine CAP
  • Steve Ward - Former Public Advocate
  • Brooks Winner - Island Institute
  • Rob Wood - The Nature Conservancy

Energy Efficiency Action Plan

Through convening, connecting, catalyzing, and commissioning projects as needed to address three key barriers that are currently blocking progress:

  1. Low levels of consumer demand/uptake in underserved communities, especially low income and rural communities throughout the state
  2. Lack of Integrated community-based approaches
  3. Lack of comprehensive knowledge of existing energy efficiency efforts that can be complemented, modified, replicated or simply supported.

This Action Plan is expected to be implemented over a two-year period which will launch in February of 2017 and complete by December 2018.

The work will be divided into four distinct phases, each of which is described in more detail below:

  • Phase 1 – Plan the convenings for spring 2017 (Feb-Mar 2017)
  • Phase 2 – Hold three convenings (Mar – June 2017)
  • Phase 3 – Document outcomes & support partners as implementation begins (Jul-Dec 2017)
  • Phase 4 – Broaden engagement, support additional partnerships, disseminate learnings (Jan – December 2018)