What is the Right Energy Mix for Maine?

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Solar panels atop the main lodge at Ocean View at Falmouth image Courtesy of Revision EnergyOn June 8, 2016, OceanView at Falmouth Retirement Community hosted an energy forum entitled, “The Right Mix: Envisioning our Energy Future,” featuring a panel discussion on Maine’s future energy mix. The panelists discussed what the future energy mix will look like and what steps can be taken in Maine by communities and individuals to utilize this mix, as demonstrated by OceanView’s own diverse energy installations. Attendees were able to tour OceanView’s energy systems throughout the campus, which include over 30 solar installations.

Jennifer Rooks, host of Maine Calling on MPBN, moderated the panel which included Fortunat Mueller, Founder of Revision Energy; Claudette Townsend, Director of New Products and Services at Dead River; Tony Buxton, Chair of the Energy Group at Preti Flaherty, LLP; and Naomi Beal, Director of passivhausMAINE and Treasurer of the North American Passive House Network.

The panelists discussed the biggest trends effecting Maine’s energy mix, how these energy sources will be working together in the future, and how to accelerate use of renewable sources. To the later challenge, Tony Buxton, Chair of the Energy and Utilities Practice Group at Preti Flaherty, LLP stated that Maine has the ability to completely function on renewable energy.

“We are very close to being able to take enormous leaps in using these various sources in one system,” Buxton said. “The challenge is to make the decision and once we do, we could see most facilities in Maine functioning like OceanView.”

Claudette Townsend, Director of New Products and Services at Dead River Company suggested that the ideal energy mix for the future needs to be fully diversified and to include conservation.

“With more and more choices available, consumers are finding ways to have a mix of energy sources in their homes,” Townsend said. “Oil consumption is down 43 percent over the last decade, so we are becoming more efficient and using less to fit those needs.”

”The experts we convened today helped to identify and provide insight on sources and systems that are likely to comprise our future energy mix,” said John Wasileski, Owner of OceanView at Falmouth. “OceanView was an ideal host for this conversation, as our campus features a mix of energy installations, which allowed attendees to tangibly experience what the panelists discussed.” OceanView at Falmouth has installed solar hot water systems and solar electric systems on many of the existing facilities and has committed to doing the same on all new facilities.

Thanks to Jason Sulham of Broadreach Public Relations for contributing this article. You may contact Jason with any questions: jasons@broadreachpr.com or (207) 619-7350. Or, read James McCarthy''s report in Mainebiz.

Image credit: Solar panels atop the main lodge at Ocean View at Falmouth, image courtesy of Revision Energy.