Efficiency Maine Trust Releases 3-Year Strategic Plan

CodeWatcher Maine 3 Year Plan

Maine plan aims to capture all energy-efficiency opportunities available.

In mid-August, the Efficiency Maine Trust released the first draft of its next three-year strategic plan (Triennial Plan IV) for the period spanning fiscal years 2020, 2021, and 2022. While the public comment and hearing period has closed, all draft materials are viewable by clicking here.

“The Efficiency Maine Trust Act includes a mandate for the Trust to capture all cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities that are reliable and achievable,” reports Samantha Caputo of NEEP. “The Trust includes some non-energy impacts in its cost-effectiveness testing for the triennial plan, including monetizing reduced water usage, operations and maintenance impacts, and avoided bad debt from low-income initiatives.”

The Trust offered various measures under the low-income initiative in FY2018 that continue to be cost-effective. These include lost opportunity and retrofit heat pump water heaters (HPWHs), air-sealing and insulation measures, and a suite of small energy-saving measures relying on do-it-yourself (DIY) or volunteer installation.

The Innovation Program is also used by the Trust to conduct pilot and demonstration projects of innovative types of energy efficiency, conservation, or alternative energy measures. By conducting pilots on a smaller scale before making large investment on the program design and incentives, the Trust is able to determine if the program is cost-effective and popular within the Maine marketplace.”1 The Innovation Program is the perfect blend of field testing and fostering state-of-the-art techniques, methods and/or products.