Governor Recognizes Grocers with Energy Efficiency Award
Maine Governor John Baldacci presented Associated Grocers of Maine with the first annual Philip C. Hastings Award for 19 member grocers who have increased their energy efficiency through Efficiency Maine. Efficiency Maine is a statewide effort to promote the efficient use of electricity by the state's citizens and businesses. The organization is funded through a small charge on electricity bills that is administered by the Maine Public Utility Commission. The commission created Efficiency Maine to comply with the Energy Conservation Act, which was passed by the Maine Legislature in 2002.
Associated Grocers of Maine is headquartered in Gardiner and supplies independent grocers throughout New England. During the last year, 19 grocers have applied more than $80,000 of grants and incentives from Efficiency Maine to upgrade lighting and controls, replacing rooftop heat pumps, and installing load-shifting controls (to shift consumption of electricity to off-peak hours). The grocers estimate annual electricity savings from these measures at 758,735 kilowatt-hours (kWh).
At the award ceremony held on May 12 in the Governor's Cabinet Room, Baldacci said, "Associated Grocers of Maine embodies the enthusiasm of our business leaders and residents who incorporate energy efficiency into everyday lives." For more information, see Efficiency Maine's June 1 press release (PDF 26 KB ).