Maine falls to 25th in ACEEE 2012 Energy Efficiency Scorecard
Remember that queasy feeling that came along with school report cards? Well, brace yourself, Maine: ACEEE’s 2012 State Energy Scorecard is out, and the results will give you a bellyache.
Once a top-ten performer in the annual assessment of the state policies and programs that improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, industry, and transportation, Maine has dropped to 25th place, and earned this scolding: “Maine’s apparent weakening of support for energy efficiency is of particular concern because of its laudable history of increasing efficiency budgets.”
ACEEE identified several factors behind the fall, but the biggest seems to be the $30 million dollar gap between the funding Efficiency Maine projects it needs to meet the state’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (a set of 10- and 20-year targets that includes weatherizing all of Maine homes by 2030) and the funding allocated in the FY2013 budget.
Efficiency Maine continues to offer long-term, low-interest loans and will offer $600 rebates through the Home Energy Savings Program for a limited time. Contact a Participating Energy Advisor like Evergreen Home Performance (594-2244) to learn how to take advantage of these limited funds. Evergreen offers FREE Energy Consults to help homeowners identify opportunities for efficiency upgrades, and installs home performance projects that cut energy bills by 25-50%.