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Rockland: Midcoast officials plan energy forum

Bangor Daily News

ROCKLAND, Maine – A local state legislator and a Knox County commissioner plan to hold an energy forum to educate the public on how to prepare for the coming winter.

The forum is slated for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Rockland City Hall council chambers.

State Rep. Ed Mazurek, D-Rockland, and Commissioner Anne Beebe-Center have put together resources to show forum participants what they can do to save oil and be safe. Participants will discuss ways to lower energy costs and ways to pay for the fuel people need.

There will be information about home energy audits, weatherization assistance, alternative energy and funds available to help families.

“We’ ve got people from all across the spectrum — from home efficiency audits, like Richard Burbank, to [Rockland Fire Chief] Charlie Jordan, to tell people what not to do,” Mazurek said this week.

Jack Williams of Camden National Bank Ray Sisk, director of Knox County Emergency Management Agency Brenda Harrington of the city of Rockland John Kerry of the Governor’ s Task Force on Energy and Susan Ware of Maritime Fuel are among the participants, Mazurek said.

Other presenters will include Willard Monsell of Green Energy Products LLC, Knox County Penquis, Spectrum Generations, Area Interfaith Outreach and The Salvation Army.

The 14 participants will give presentations of about 10 minutes each, Mazurek said.

“At the end of the presentations, we’ ll open the forum up to questions and answers,” he said.

“Hopefully, by the end of the night, everyone will have a better idea of how to prepare for this coming winter,” he said. “With fuel prices being what they are, it was tough enough last year. This year it’ s going to be twice as tough.”

“It looks like it’ s a long way off,” he said of the winter. “But really, it’ s not.”

Mazurek said he is concerned about the elderly and people with low incomes.

“It’ s crazy, it really is,” he said of high fuel prices. “It’ s not right. It really isn’ t.”

He hopes the first forum produces a united front of participating organizations to form a coalition and continue offering support through the heating season.

Boston Financial is contributing its nearly 400-car parking lot during the Lobster Festival to help raise money for the city’ s emergency fuel fund, which Mazurek and Councilor Tom Molloy started last year.

“Coupled with that, and the information the energy forum will be giving out, maybe we can help a lot of people get through this winter,” he said.

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