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September Meeting

Happy Fall Everyone!

Exciting things are happening in York these days. Couple updates below:

1. Our next meeting is tomorrow night at the Library at 7pm. We’ll be joined by Ann Goggins, a consultant who has been helping Kennebunk craft their PACE ordinance. She can help answer some of our questions, and give us some direction on where we might want to go in York.

2. I will be making a presentation to the York Planning Board on September 23rd at 7pm to begin the discussion with the town on what PACE is, and how it can benefit home-owners looking to make energy efficiency improvements. Please come and show your support – or watch it on Channel 3!

3. I continue to think that PACE loans can become even more effective if they are pooled together. For example, say 10 people in town sign up for window replacements to be paid for by PACE loans. The entire project could be put out to bid, which theoretically would allow each homeowner to take advantage of a negotiated bulk-pricing discount. I’m still trying to figure out if this is feasible in practice or not.

4. I recently attended a “Transition Town” training at UNH which was very interesting and motivating. From their website: The Transition Town movement is

“a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic contraction. There are thousands of initiatives around the world starting their journey to answer this crucial question:”for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly rebuild resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil and economic contraction) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?”

I left the training feeling happy and proud of what we’ve already accomplished in York – but also feeling like we need to do a lot more.

Hope to see you at the meeting tomorrow night!

best,
Eric

Eric Hopkins
Chairman
York Energy Efficiency Committee
eric@yorkgoesgreen.org

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