ROCKLAND — The Island Institute is one of five organizations in the country recently awarded a contract for the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project (ETIPP), a new partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to provide resources and access to on-the-ground support for remote and islanded communities in the United States seeking to transform their energy systems and lower their vulnerability to energy disruptions.

Through this initiative, the Island Institute will be awarded $330,000 over three years by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to work alongside Maine’s island communities to help address their energy and infrastructure challenges.

Residents of Maine’s 15 year-round, unbridged island communities face electricity rates as high as four times the national average and heating fuel costs that are a

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