The Load Management Initiative offers incentives to individuals and small businesses who allow Efficiency Maine to manage their eligible device(s) during periods of high demand and electric grid congestion. Participants can opt out of individual events or stop participating at any time. Eligible devices include: 1) residential and commercial energy storage systems that have an inverter size of no greater than 20kW, and 2) residential electric vehicle charging equipment that consumes between 2.8kW and 19.2kW of power.
Energy Storage Systems
Batteries will be controlled, or dispatched, approximately 15 times per summer (June 1 through September 30), when demand on the electric grid is very high. Each individual dispatch, or event, will last no longer than three hours. Events will not occur on holidays, weekends, or within two days before major storms.
Incentive: $100 per enrolled kW of continuous discharge capacity, paid annually in October. To calculate your battery’s enrollment potential (kW), divide its total rated energy storage (kWh) by three hours. Three hours is the typical event duration for this program.
To pre-enroll for 2024, please click here.
Electric Vehicle Charging Management
Electric vehicles will be charged year-round on an overnight schedule, when demand on the electric grid is low.
There are two participation pathways:
Pathway 1: Charging management via controls on your home charger. Eligible charger manufacturers are:
For help finding an installer, click here for the Efficiency Maine list of Qualified Partners. Where the form asks, “What services do you need?,” select “Electric Vehicle Chargers.”
Pathway 2: Charging management via integrated controls within your electric vehicle. The primary charger associated with the vehicle must be capable of providing 2.8kW to 19.2kW of power. Eligible vehicle manufacturers are:
- Ford (model year 2013 and later)
- Hyundai (model year 2017 and later)
- Jaguar (model year 2013 and later)
- Land Rover (model year 2013 and later)
- Tesla (model year 2013 and later)
- Toyota (model year 2013 and later, excluding Prius Prime)
- Volkswagen (model year 2013 and later)
Incentive: $50 up front upon enrollment, then $50 paid annually.
To enroll, please click here.
How to Get an Incentive
- Install your eligible device(s)
- Submit an enrollment form and accept the Terms and Conditions
- Maintain connectivity of eligible device(s)
- Receive incentive via email