Investment from Governor’s Jobs Plan will allow more Maine schools, towns, cities, and Tribal governments to reduce energy costs and create savings for taxpayersGovernor Janet Mills and Efficiency Maine today announced the launch of a $15 million initiative from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to help Maine’s public schools, towns, cities, and Tribal governments make energy efficiency improvements and reduce their energy costs.
Governor Mills made the announcement Friday during “Communities Leading on Climate,” a conference convened by the Maine Climate Council that was held at the Augusta Civic Center.
The new initiative from Efficiency Maine comes at a time of rising prices for heating fuels and represents a significant investment in public-sector energy efficiency that will reduce costs to taxpayers, increase energy cost stability, and decrease carbon emissions.
This energy efficiency initiative is just one of many from Efficiency Maine funded by the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan. In May, Governor Mills announced a $4 million program to support energy efficiency upgrades for Maine travel, tourism, and hospitality businesses, which were hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, Efficiency Maine is receiving $50 million from the Governor’s Jobs Plan for weatherization and energy efficiency in Maine homes, businesses, and local government buildings.
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