Federal Funding

American Rescue Plan Act
Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

In January 2021, the U.S. Congress enacted the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a federal stimulus bill to aid, among other things, economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan included funding for state governments through the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). Approximately $1 billion of the SLFRF was allocated to the State of Maine to respond to the pandemic and support economic recovery.

In May 2021, Governor Mills put forth a proposal – the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan (MJRP) – outlining her administration’s priorities for using these funds. The Maine Legislature approved the plan in July 2021, enacting LD 1733, An Act To Provide Allocations for the Distribution of State Fiscal Recovery Funds.

The MJRP allocated $50 million to the Efficiency Maine Trust (Efficiency Maine) to accelerate weatherization upgrades for low- and moderate-income residents, and to expand energy efficiency investment among local governments, schools, community organizations, and businesses. The MJRP also allocated $8 million to the Maine Department of Transportation to expand state, municipal, and other publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and related infrastructure in partnership with Efficiency Maine.

In collaboration with other agencies and offices of state government, Efficiency Maine prepared a series of five initiatives that incorporate both the goals of the MJRP and the federal guidelines for uses for the SLFRF. These initiatives, each designed to assist different customer segments of the Maine economy, are listed below with links to further information about the available incentive offerings and guidance on how to participate. Efficiency Maine will post updates about future offerings on this webpage.

ARPA Initiatives Administered by Efficiency Maine

  1. Low- and Moderate-Income Weatherization Initiative ($25 million)
    Provides financial incentives to accelerate air sealing and insulation projects in low- and moderate-income residential dwellings.

    Offering(s):

  2. Hospitality Retrofit Initiative ($4 million)
    Provides financial incentives to support energy efficiency upgrades for businesses in Maine’s travel, tourism, and hospitality sector.

    Offering(s):

  3. Energy Efficiency Initiative for Local Government, Public Schools, and Congregate Housing ($15 million)
    Provides financial incentives to support energy efficiency upgrades at buildings owned or leased by local governments (including municipal, county, or tribal governments), public schools, and community organizations providing congregate housing (e.g., long-term care, group home, and supportive housing facilities).

    Offering(s):

  4. Energy Efficiency Initiative for Manufacturers ($6 million) (pending approval)
    Provides financial incentives to support high-efficiency, clean energy upgrades for businesses in Maine’s manufacturing sector.

    Offering(s): Not yet available

  5. EV Charging Infrastructure Initiative ($8 million)
    Provides financial incentives to support the continued expansion of Maine’s public EV charging network.

    Offering(s): Not yet available

All ARPA funds must be committed by December 31, 2024, and expended by Dec. 31, 2026.

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

In November 2021, the U.S. Congress enacted the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to support a broad range of infrastructure needs. In addition to investments in highways, transit, broadband, clean water, and electric grid renewal, the bill provides $7.5 billion to build a national network of EV chargers. Maine will receive approximately $19 million of these funds and will have the opportunity to apply for additional grant funding to expand EV charging.

Efficiency Maine will play a major role in administering the IIJA funding to expand the EV charging network in Maine, building upon the initiative that started in 2018. Efficiency Maine will continue to manage rounds of competitive solicitations, awarding grant funds for EV chargers over the next five years.

As IIJA-funded grant opportunities EV chargers become available, Efficiency Maine will post all relevant information on its Opportunities page.