Efficiency Maine Annual Event 2022 Spotlights the Contributions of Maine Contractors That Support the Success of the Trust’s Programs
Augusta, Maine – June 16, 2022 – Efficiency Maine today recognized the top-performing contractors that sell, install, and service high-efficiency lighting, heating and cooling systems, refrigeration equipment, electric vehicles, and other upgrades that are promoted through the quasi-state agency’s programs. Efficiency Maine also honored the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) with its Philip C. Hastings Award, which recognizes extraordinary commitment to energy efficiency in Maine. The event took place at the Hilton Garden Inn Freeport, Maine.
After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Efficiency Maine hosted more than 200 electricians, plumbers, heating system installers, insulation technicians, distributors, manufacturers, business owners, and other stakeholders, who gathered for the awards and attended workshops on Efficiency Maine’s initiatives and energy-efficiency trends. Workshop sessions focused on residential initiatives, including low- and moderate-income weatherization, and commercial and industrial initiatives that will invest federal funding from the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan. Sessions also covered Efficiency Maine’s demand management and electric vehicle (EV) initiatives.
“It is important to celebrate the hard work by so many dedicated contractors working in Maine’s energy sector,” said Michael Stoddard, Efficiency Maine’s executive director. “These firms, mostly small and locally owned, are providing equipment and services that hold the key to Maine’s energy consumers managing their costs by improving efficiency and shifting to cleaner energy.”
In Efficiency Maine’s programs, home energy upgrades are delivered by Residential Registered Vendors while energy improvements at commercial and industrial facilities are provided by Qualified Partners. Efficiency Maine presented 29 of these contractors and vendors awards for outstanding performance in selling and servicing energy upgrades using financial incentives of the statewide efficiency programs. These companies, among the more than 1,000 trade allies listed on the organization’s website, are experienced vendors, contractors, suppliers, and other professionals who supply or install energy-efficient equipment, receive training from Efficiency Maine, and are familiar with Efficiency Maine’s incentive programs.
For outstanding contributions in the category of Residential Programs in 2021, the Trust recognized:
- CJ Insulation & Subcontractors, Orland
- Dave’s World, Inc., multiple locations
- Evergreen Home Performance, LLC, Rockland
- F.W. Webb Company, multiple locations
- Gateway Mechanical, Van Buren
- The Granite Group, Augusta and Portland
- Hometown Heat Pumps, Burnham
- Horizon Homes, Portland
- Maine Alternative Solutions, Milo
- Maine Insulation Systems, Madison
- New England Spray Foam Insulation, Newburgh
- Royal River Heat Pumps, Freeport
- Seal It Insulation Systems, Topsham
- Valley Home Services, Inc., Hermon
For outstanding contributions in the category of Commercial Programs in 2021, the Trust recognized:
- ABM Mechanical, Bangor and Westbrook
- Amp Electric, Vassalboro
- BSP Electric, Inc., Standish
- Dave’s Appliance, Inc., Winthrop
- Downeast Toyota, Brewer
- F.W. Webb Company, Hampden
- Gilman – Ellsworth, Ellsworth
- Johnstone Supply – Balsan Group, Bangor and Westbrook
- King Electric, Trenton
- Lee Toyota of Topsham, Topsham
- Ranor Mechanical Inc., Jay
- Rockingham Electric Supply Company, Portland
- Rowe Westbrook, Westbrook
- S-H Electric, Garland
- Solarlogix, Belfast
The annual Philip C. Hastings Award was presented to E2Tech, a member-based organization of individuals, businesses, and organizations that seek to build Maine’s environmental and energy technology economy. The Philip C. Hastings Award recognizes an individual or organization whose exemplary efforts have furthered Maine’s goals of achieving maximum energy efficiency. The Hastings Award is named after the original director of state energy conservation programs when they were administered by the Maine Public Utilities Commission, and celebrates his legacy by memorializing his extraordinary commitment to and leadership of energy efficiency programs.
“E2Tech fulfills a vital role in Maine, fostering robust discussion about issues that impact Maine’s businesses and environment,” said Stoddard. “Energy issues are complex and constantly evolving, and E2Tech’s discussion forums have been indispensable in our efforts to raise awareness about new energy efficiency technologies and programs.”
The organization facilitates networking, serves as a clearinghouse for objective information, and leads efforts to promote economic development in the cleantech sector across the state.
“On behalf of our 325 member companies all dedicated to advancing energy efficiency, sustainability, and the Maine economy, we are extremely pleased and honored to accept this award,” said Marty Grohman, executive director at E2Tech.
About Efficiency Maine Trust
Efficiency Maine Trust is the independent administrator for programs to improve the efficiency of energy use and reduce greenhouse gases in Maine. The Trust does this primarily by delivering financial incentives on the purchase of high-efficiency equipment or changes to operations that help customers save electricity, natural gas and other fuels throughout the Maine economy. The Trust is a quasi-state agency governed by a Board of Trustees with oversight from the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Visitefficiencymaine.com for more information.
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Kate Rankin, Senior Communications Manager
Efficiency Maine Trust