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Regional Energy Meeting, PACE on track for May

Greetings Everyone!

Hope everyone is staying warm this cold, cold winter – and like the rest of you, I am looking forward to warmer days ahead.

Lots of interesting things happening on the Energy front.  Here’s a brief run-down:

1. Our next meeting will not be at the usual time/place.  Instead we will be meeting with the energy committees of Kittery, Elliot, and South Berwick for a pot-luck and discussion.  It will be held at the old Frisbee Elementary school on 120 Rogers Road, in Kittery.    We will be meeting in classroom #1 at 6pm on Feb. 8.  Please bring a food or drink to share with the group.

On the agenda for that meeting will be to discuss the fate of the KEYSON grant, and to speak with Nicole Brown from Opportunity Maine on ways we can further network together.

2.  PACE in York is moving forward.  Read the draft PACE ordinance. The first public hearing will be Monday, February 28th at 7pm at the Selectmen’s Meeting.  Please come and show your support and speak in favor during the public hearing.  It’s our hope to get approval on the May ballot so people can take advantage of PACE over the summer in preparation for next winter.

What is PACE?

PACE is a federally funded grant program designed to help Maine residents weatherize their homes.  Loans are to be in the $10,000-15,000 range, for terms of 10-12 years at an interest rate of 5%.  Approval of the loans are contingent on the homeowner having an energy audit, and can demonstrate that the energy improvements will save at least 25% on home heating bills.  In order for York residents to qualify, the town needs to pass a PACE ordinance per state law LD1717.

3.  Congrats to our newly elected officers at last month’s annual meeting.  They are:

Eric Hopkins, Chairman
Wayne Boardman, Vice Chairman
Secretary, Paul Kittel
Business Liason, Paul McGowan
Treasurer, Bernie Reim

That’s all for now folks – stay warm!!

Eric

Chairman
York Energy Efficiency Committee
eric@yorkgoesgreen.org

Download draft PACE ordinance.

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