April 21, 2018
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Baldacci nominates seven for energy board

By Kevin Miller, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci on Monday nominated seven people — including three Bangor area residents — to serve on a new board that will oversee Maine’s energy efficiency and conservation programs.

The Efficiency Maine Trust was a key part of a larger energy bill that sets ambitious goals for moving the state toward greater energy independence.

The trust’s board will coordinate the energy-related programs now offered by the state, such as home weatherization efforts, as well as develop new initiatives. The trust also will oversee disbursement of money for energy efficiency and alternative energy projects — including proceeds from Maine’s participation in the regional cap-and-trade program on greenhouse gases. Trustees also will explore how to raise additional funds, whether through bonds or other methods.

Additionally, the trust will be responsible for developing a triennial plan for how to meet energy independence goals. Those goals include: weatherizing 100 percent of homes and 50 percent of businesses by 2030 and reducing Maine’s consumption of liquid fossil fuels by 30 percent by 2030.

The seven nominees are:

• Michelle Atherton of Orrington, a civil engineer and owner of New Form Building Systems Inc.

• James Atwell of Falmouth, a senior project manager at Sevee & Maher Engineers Inc. and current chairman of the board of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.

• Glenn Poole of Orrington, manufacturing support manager and energy manger for Verso Paper in Bucksport and a member of Maine’s Energy Conservation Board.

• John Rohman of Bangor, president and CEO of WBRC Architects Engineers and former Bangor City Council member and mayor.

• Adam Lee of Cumberland Center, president of Lee Auto Mall and chairman of the Maine Energy Conservation Board.

• Naomi Mermin of Portland, owner of Naomi Mermin Consulting, an energy efficiency firm, and current chairwoman of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Maine board of directors.

• Tom Tietenberg of Waterville, a retired economics professor at Colby College who serves as a trustee of the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust and a member of the Energy Conservation Board.

The other two trustees, as specified in the legislation, will be the director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security, a post now held by John Kerry, and the director of the Maine State Housing Authority, a position now held by Dale McCormick.

The seven nominees must be reviewed by the Legislature’s Utilities and Energy Committee and confirmed by the Maine Senate.

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