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  • Monday, August 16, 2021 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    BlueWave Solar, based in Boston, has joined the E2Tech network! 


    BlueWave’s motto; “Solar the way it should be”, goes along seamlessly with our Maine State slogan “The way life should be”. 


    As a certified B Corp organization, BlueWave is committed to sustainability, accountability, and positively impacting the lives of others. Volunteering and community involvement are a big part of how they give back and incite positive change. 


    Recently, BlueWave has signed an agreement with Laketricity, who is a pioneer in the floatovoltaics industry. Floatovoltaics are floating panels that have the potential to generate large amounts of electricity without the land use. This makes BlueWave Laketricity’s first New England partner, allowing them to bring the floatovoltaics industry to the northeast. 


    BlueWave has also made their impact on the state of Maine. Sticking to their roots of sustainability and positive impact, BlueWave has installed Maine’s first agrivoltaic solar project to support local blueberry farmers and generate clean energy. The 4.2MW project was sold to Navisun, a solar producer, to be located on a wild blueberry farm in Rockport, ME. This project includes an agricultural research site that intends to monitor how solar impacts blueberry cultivation, a study that may eventually open new doors for our Maine farmers. 


    We’re excited to have BlueWave as one of our members, and to continue to watch them make a positive impact!




  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    Belfast, Maine – A 7MW community solar project is now operating and providing clean energy in Belfast, Maine. According to PowerMarket’s website, 7MW is equivalent to powering 1000 homes each year. The annual impact of the project is said to generate 7,665,000 kWh.

    PowerMarket and SunRaise have worked together to make this community solar project possible.

    PowerMarket is a market leader in providing subscriber acquisition in the solar community, managing over 200,000 subscribers. Since the company start, PowerMarket has given $600,000 back to their subscribers.

    SunRaise develops, finances, and operates large solar projects. SunRaise offers permitting, construction, financing, and operation, allowing customers to form a one-party relationship. They also invest in solar projects so that customers don’t have to pay the upfront cost of solar, making it an easier financial transition.

    Central Maine Power (CMP) customers are able to take advantage of this community solar project, while receiving 10% savings on community solar credits from participating in renewable energy.

    Co-Founder Patrick Jackson of SunRaise says “We are thrilled that this community solar project has gone online and is now providing the grid with clean energy. Being from New England, our goal in Maine has been simple - provide more New Englanders access to clean energy…”.

    PowerMarket has been working year-round to inform Mainers of the benefits of solar energy in anticipation of the upcoming solar project.

    Nick Baudouin, Co-Founder of PowerMarket, says “It is great to see this project come online because for so long we have been talking about the benefits of community solar as hypotheticals. Now that this project is producing clean energy for the grid the benefits of community solar are real…”.

    CMP customers will begin seeing the benefits of this project in the upcoming months. Customers can also contact PowerMarket about an upcoming Route 32 community solar project. Those interested can email sunraise@powermarket.io or call 207-280-8130.


  • Wednesday, June 02, 2021 3:25 PM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    May 18, 2021

    CONTACT:

    Lisa Cline

    lisa@revermont.org

    802-229-0099

    @re_vermont

    Renewable Energy Vermont Announces REV2021 Conference and Request for Presentations

    South Burlington, VT – The 2021 Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) conference, REV It Up: Climate Action, Equity & Resilience will take place October 4 & 5 in South Burlington, Vermont.  The largest comprehensive renewable energy event in New England, REV's annual conference and expo convenes more than 500 business, policy, and finance experts from across all four major clean energy sectors: electricity, heat/cooling, transportation, and efficiency.


    “It’s time to REV-up action to grow our local economy and protect our communities from the climate crisis. REV2021, our 21st annual conference will focus on ideas and solutions that build an equitable and sustainable energy future for New England,” said Olivia Campbell Andersen, Renewable Energy Vermont’s executive director.


    The conference committee invites interested speakers to submit presentation proposals by Friday, June 18th.  Presentation proposals must be submitted online at www.revconference.org


    Speakers and attendees enjoy unparalleled networking opportunities and new project and initiative partnership connections at the event.  Topics of interest include: energy and climate equity; transportation and thermal electrification; comprehensive energy planning, including Vermont’s climate action plan; grid modernization; energy storage; renewable heating; legal, legislative, and policy updates; finance tools; net zero and living buildings.  


    REV2021 is guided by a conference committee of business and association leaders from across the renewable energy sector. Incorporating a diverse array of experience and perspectives on clean energy, this group includes: Hillary Andrews, Efficiency Vermont; Josh Bagnato, TDI; Dan Bosley, Northeast Clean Energy Council; Olivia Campbell Andersen, Renewable Energy Vermont; Molly Connors, ISO New England; Chad Farrell, Encore Renewable Energy; Marie-Claude Francoeur, Government of Quebec; Joan Goldstein, Vermont Department of Economic Development; Meredith Hatfield, New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners; Karen Jernigan, PowerGuru; Kerrick Johnson, Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO); Mari McClure, Green Mountain Power; James Moore, SunCommon; Nathan Phelps, Vote Solar; Michael Pizziferri, Government of Quebec; Stephen Posner, University of Vermont Gund Institute; Andrew Raubvogel, Dunkiel Saunders Elliot Raubvogel & Hand; Michael Shank, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance; and Darren Springer, Burlington Electric Department.

    Email admin@revermont.org with any questions about or suggestions for the conference. 



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    About Renewable Energy Vermont

    Renewable Energy Vermont (REV)’s businesses, non-profit, utility, and individual members are creating resilient, local economies powered by renewable energy and employ a 21st century workforce committed to improving the lives of their neighbors and communities.  Together, we will achieve 100% total renewable energy (electric, thermal, transportation) and meaningful climate action.  Join us at www.revermont.org.



  • Thursday, May 27, 2021 10:38 AM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

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    Brookfield Renewable announces Youth Safety Grants during National Safe Boating Week

    For Immediate Release: May 27, 2021

    Media Contact: Miranda Kessel, 207-522-4147

     

    Lewiston, ME (May 24, 2021) – In recognition of National Safe Boating Week, Brookfield Renewable is announcing a grant program available to purchase youth life jackets and other water safety equipment that support safe outdoor recreation for youth-related nonprofit organizations.   

     

    National Safe Boating Week is May 22-28, 2021. Brookfield Renewable joins boating safety advocates who have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary, consistent life jacket wear each time boaters are on the water.

     

    The Brookfield Renewable grant program is available for schools, summer camps and nonprofits, which support youth outdoor activities within the watershed regions of the Penobscot, Union, Kennebec, Saco, and Androscoggin in Maine and New Hampshire. Multiple grants of up $2,500 will be awarded.   

     

    To apply for the grant, summarize the information below and in two pages or 1000 words (excluding the W9). The grant information can be e-mailed to  Stakeholder.Relations@brookfieldrenewable.com by June 30. You will be notified by July 15 of the status of your grant application.

     

    The following information is required for a grant request:

    • Name and description of the organization, primary contact, and submittal of a W9.   
    • Summary of how the funds will be used and how they will specifically benefit water and recreation safety or outdoor stewardship.
    • Brief description of the budget and the amount being requested.   

     

    Brookfield Renewable is launching the grant program as a public safety partner of the National Safe Boating Council. Wearing a lifejacket and safe outdoor and recreation practices should start early to ensure a lifelong commitment to the values of public safety and safe outdoor recreation. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2019 and that 86 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.  

     

    For more information on National Boating Week, please visit https://safeboatingcampaign.com/, or for more information on the grant program, please email Stakeholder.Relations@brookfieldrenewable.com

     

    About Brookfield Renewable - Brookfield Renewable U.S., based in New York City, is a leading owner, operator and developer of renewable power, delivering innovative renewable power solutions that accelerate the world towards a sustainable, low-carbon future. Our diversified portfolio of hydropower, wind, solar and storage facilities spans across 34 states, totaling approximately 7,300 megawatts of generating capacity, providing enough clean energy to avoid about 11 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

     

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  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 2:05 PM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    Maine Technology Institute (MTI) Solicits Proposals for the Maine Clean Energy Innovation Challenge

    May 17, 2021

    Today, the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) began soliciting proposals for the Maine Clean Energy Innovation Challenge that was announced by Governor Janet Mills on Earth Day. In collaboration with the Governor’s Energy Office, MTI developed the challenge to catalyze the deployment of innovative clean energy technology solutions in Maine.

    Download Press Release


  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:11 PM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    SANDWICH, Mass., April 22, 2021: 

    Retail electricity supplier Actual Energy Inc. and solar energy software company SolBid today announced a formal collaboration to offer solar energy to commercial and industrial electricity consumers. The companies’ goal is to optimize cost savings and carbon emissions reduction efforts for customers interested in on-site (“behind-the-meter”) solar generation. SolBid’s solar solutions complement Actual Energy’s data-driven, transparent electricity procurement process.

    According to Tony Bianco, Director of Sales and Business Development for Actual Energy: “We supply electricity, but we also supply energy solutions, so there’s synergy between Actual Energy and SolBid. Our customers choose us for our transparency, exceptional service, and sustainability, and this extends to SolBid as well. We regularly see aspirational energy management plans that include on-site solar, but our customers and prospects are often overwhelmed with options. To streamline the process, we will now direct them to SolBid, where their solar energy needs will be analyzed, and a customized plan will be developed and implemented. Our customers deserve the highest level of industry expertise and that is what SolBid delivers.”

    “Our team is excited about the synergies between the two companies. Both companies are focused on quality and excellence, so there is a great opportunity for business development,” said Ian Ricci, COO/CTO of SolBid. “SolBid’s technology allows us to easily build accurate solar projects in a matter of minutes. We also make the whole experience of going solar easy for everyone. Actual Energy’s customers are in great hands.”

    Mark Finley, CEO of Actual Energy, is excited about the alliance: “Sustainability is a core tenet of ours, so it makes sense to offer solar to our customers—over and above what we have in our generation mix. With SolBid as a trusted partner, we can recommend a product that enhances our own.”

    About Actual Energy: A retail energy supplier based in Massachusetts, Actual Energy provides hourly electricity pricing and innovative advisory services to commercial and industrial customers in New England. Actual Energy’s technology platform facilitates energy conservation, cost reduction, and carbon management. Transparency and sustainability are Actual Energy’s guiding principles. Learn more at actualenergy.com.

     

    About SolBid: SolBid is a clean energy technology company that deploys commercial and industrial solar energy systems. This is done via SolBid’s proprietary solar software platform and partner network. Learn more at solbid.com.

     

    Contacts:

     

    Actual Energy:
    John Carroll (Maine Business Development Manager)

    (207) 458-9889

    john.carroll@actualenergy.com

     

    SolBid:
    Ian Ricci

    (857) 233-9283

    iricci@solbid.com


  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:23 PM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)



    FOR RELEASE: April 28, 2021

    CONTACT:

    ReEnergy: Sarah Boggess: (518) 810-0200, sboggess@reenergyholdings.com

    Ember: Maria Rengifo: (646) 374-4476, maria@ember-infra.com


    ReEnergy and Ember Infrastructure to Form Bioenergy Platform Joint Venture


    ReEnergy Biomass Operations LLC (“ReEnergy”) and Ember Infrastructure (“Ember”) today announced plans to enter into a joint venture to create an industry-leading bioenergy platform.  The company will be named ReGenerate Energy (the “Company”) and will be led by experienced team members from ReEnergy and Ember.  The Company will acquire an ownership interest in ReEnergy’s two biomass power plants in Maine,ReEnergy Stratton and ReEnergy Livermore Falls, and will look to expand the platform through the acquisition of additional bioenergy assets across North America.


    The Company will leverage ReEnergy’s operational capabilities and both teams’ experience in acquiring and growing renewable energy platforms as it pursues a robust pipeline of acquisition targets.  ReEnergy will continue operating the Maine facilities as well as the other assets added to the Company, and the Maine facilities will continue to use the ReEnergy name.


    Larry D. Richardson, Chief Executive Officer of ReEnergy Holdings and one of its co-founders, said: “This is an exciting time in the history of ReEnergy. With the combination of Ember’s capital and experience in the energy industry, and ReEnergy’s expertise in the bioenergy sector, we look forward to a period of new growth and innovation.” 


    Elena Savostianova, Managing Partner of Ember said: “We are thrilled to partner with ReEnergy, given the team’s track record of best-in-class operations as we build out the platform and capitalize on compelling opportunities we see in the bioenergy sector as demand grows for resource efficient, carbon-neutral base-load power generation.”


    The transaction is expected to close this summer; terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 


    Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP served as legal counsel to ReEnergy.  Mayer Brown LLP served as legal counsel to Ember.


    About ReEnergy 

    ReEnergy Biomass Operations LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of ReEnergy Holdings LLC, which was formed in 2008 by a senior management team comprised of experienced industry professionals along with an energy-sector focused private equity fund. In 2019, the management team completed a buyout of this fund’s ownership interest. ReEnergy Holdings LLC also owns ReEnergy Black River, a 60-MW biomass power facility located on the Fort Drum U.S. Army installation near Watertown NY, and ReSource Waste Services LLC, which operates five facilities in New England that recycle construction and demolition waste materials.  ReEnergy’s bioenergy facilities transform forest-derived, sustainably harvested woody biomass and other wood waste residues to produce renewable clean energy.  This benefits the environment by enhancing forest health and reducing the use of fossil fuels.


    The 48-MW ReEnergy Stratton and 39-MW ReEnergy Livermore Falls facilities support approximately 50 direct jobs, more than 300 indirect jobs, spend more than $30 million annually and purchase more than 700,000 tons of fuel each year from Maine loggers/truckers and mills.  


    About Ember

    Founded in 2018, Ember is a New York-based private equity firm delivering capital solutions to businesses and assets seeking to reduce carbon intensity and enhance resource efficiency.  Ember focuses on equity investments across renewable energy, water, waste, industrials and agricultural infrastructure.  For more information, please visit www.ember-infra.com.  



  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:58 AM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    Alpha Analytical supports Maine DEP with PFAS

    Alpha is providing laboratory support under contract with the Maine DEP for the analysis of drinkwater, groundwater, soil, sludge, milk and other agricultural products for the presence of Per & Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).  Using its newly expanded PFAS laboratory located in Mansfield, Massachusetts, Alpha provides analyses for these persistent chemicals.  Alpha provides daily courier services from its Brewer, Maine location, throughout the state of Maine, where samples are picked up and delivered to our labs.  

    To find out more information on PFAS, please visit:  https://alphalab.com/index.php/analytical-services/emerging-contaminants/per-and-polyfluorinated-alkyl-substances-pfas

    Or send an email to Steve Knollmeyer sknollmeyer@alphalab.com



  • Friday, January 15, 2021 11:30 AM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    January 12, 2021 / Billings, MT Power Delivery Industry Announcement - Electrical Consultants, Inc. [“ECI”], a leading power delivery provider to the utility and energy industries in North America is pleased to announce the acquisition of Casco Systems [“Casco”] headquartered in Cumberland, Maine.  Casco is a respected consultant that has provided design, protection, integration, automation and testing services to a broad spectrum of utilities, renewable energy developers, generation plants and industrial clients for over 19 years. In addition to the Cumberland office, Casco maintains field offices in Waterville, Maine and Rochester, New York.

     

    The integration of Casco with ECI is the most recent of ECI’s multi-step initiatives to advance our presence, relationships and services along the Eastern Seaboard. This acquisition brings together teams that share ECI’s culture of Relentless Dedication to Optimum Quality and Timeliness. Both companies provide engineering, commissioning & construction services to some of the same regional customers.  Casco brings deep industry-leading IEC-61850 design, integration, protection and cyber security expertise to benefit ECI’s wide range of utility and energy customers.  Casco will operate under the name Casco Systems – “A Division of Electrical Consultants, Inc.” for the foreseeable future.

     

    The addition of the Casco Team will support ECI in continuing to meet our customer’s unprecedented demands for Engineering and Construction Management services with Distinction” - quote of Richard McComish, ECI President and EPCS President. 

     

    The addition of Casco Systems expertise in protection, integration and automation to ECI’s impressive group of electric power experts creates an industry leading team with a national footprint. It enables our Cumberland office to execute projects large and small to ensure we meet our client's needs.” – said Kevin Mahoney, ECI Vice President of Automation & Integration and General Manager of ECI’s Cumberland, Maine office.

     

    About ECI – ECI is a strategic provider of vertically integrated engineering and construction services to utilities nationwide.  Additionally, ECI is arguably the premier provider of these services to the renewable energy industry encompassing wind, solar and energy storage.  The Company offers a full complement of in-house services in OH and UG power T&D, station engineering, protection engineering, electrical studies, environmental & permitting, utility land surveying, regulatory compliance and construction services.  ECI’s wholly owned subsidiary, EPC Services Company, is among the largest and most respected professionally led firms providing full EPC execution for power projects through EHV levels. ECI provides both ESOP and private ownership opportunities for our staff of over 700 dedicated employees, all of whom serve the power delivery, generation and industrial markets.

     

    About Casco Systems – Casco Systems is a division of ECI. Casco is The Control & Automation Solutions Company, applying technology to protect, control, automate and integrate power systems for utility, power generation and industrial clients throughout North America. Casco’s team of engineers, project managers and technology specialists provide best in class solutions & service. For more information, contact Andrea Lowell at 207-829-8490.


  • Friday, October 16, 2020 4:40 PM | Adelaide Taylor (Administrator)

    Efficiency Maine has recently issued a Request for Proposal from qualified bidders (or teams of bidders) to host, purchase, install and operate public Level 2 EV chargers to serve electric vehicles (EV) at locations throughout Maine where there is a high likelihood of significant use and longevity.

     

    Qualifying bids must propose to install a minimum of 4 EV plugs (or ports) per location and a maximum of 8 EV plugs (or ports) per location.  Only customers of CMP or Versant may apply.  Efficiency Maine is particularly interested in bids from large employers, apartment managers, retail centers and other locations where there is a high probably of EVs parking now and in the future. Winning bids may receive up to $4,000 per plug.

     

    The full RFP and Application Form can be found here: https://www.efficiencymaine.com/rfp-em-005-2021/

     

    This is one of two pilot programs approved by the MPUC to promote the beneficial electrification of Maine’s transportation sector. See attached for a summary of the pilots.


    Summary_MPUC_L2_Chargers_Pilots_CMP_EMT.pdf


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