BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Officials with 'Efficiency Maine' are working on a plan to reduce how much energy homes and businesses use in the coming years. Officials with the trust are aiming to cut energy costs by roughly $500 million.
'Efficiency Maine' is drafting a strategic plan for the next three years. A draft version is currently being assessed by the public at hearings across the state.
Over the years 'Efficiency Maine' has worked with companies to weatherize homes and businesses in turn saving Mainers millions of dollars on energy bills. The strategic plan will require money from the state. Energy advocates say for the good of consumers, lawmakers should support it.
"It costs about three cents to save a kilowatt hour of electricity," said Dylan Voorhees, who is the clean energy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, "it costs about seven eight or nine cents to buy that power so from an electric rate payer perspective, energy efficiency is very important."
'Efficiency Maine' will hold its next public hearing on the plan at Southern Maine Community College in Portland on Wednesday September 6 from 9 a.m. until noon.
People can also continue to submit their comments to 'Efficiency Maine' in writing until September 13.