My friend Elmer used to be too cheap to buy gas much, so he stayed at home, mostly. Last month he got himself one of those new plug-in electric cars, and now you see him tooling all over the county.

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TRANSPORTATION: A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPROVEMENT

Depending on whom you talk to, we in Maine spend 50-70% of our energy dollars on transportation. So, we stand to gain the most savings by exploring all the ways we can conserve and convert our fuel usage for a more sustainable ride.

Jory Squibb's handmade mini-car, "Moonbeam"

Jory Squibb of Camden shows off his home-made,100 mpg microcar "Moonbeam" at the AltWheels festival in Boston.

 
 

Transportation Blog Posts

03/12/2017 - 11:59am

Jeff Marks Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine or E2Tech by Kay MannAs part of the forum hosted by the Environmental and Energy Technology Council (E2Tech) on March 3, 2017, Executive Director Jeff Marks delivered an update on the status of the&

03/11/2017 - 5:45pm

On March 3, 2017, the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine hosted a forum in Augusta, entitled, “Playing Matchmaker- Aligning Energy Challenges with Compatible Policies”. The forum addressed the following questions: What are the most important energy challenges facing the State of Maine?

12/11/2016 - 6:02pm

Vicki Chase Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur Ben Lake and Judy Gates speak on a transportation panel at the E2Tech Expo in November 2016 at the University of Southern Maine photo by Kay MannOn November 17, 2016, the Environmental and Energy Technology Council (E2Tech) hosted its second annual E2Tech Expo at the Univ

11/13/2016 - 1:23pm

Image from 2015 E2Tech Expo courtesy of E2TechThe second annual E2TECH EXPO on November 17 will be the premier energy event of the year! The U.S.

10/16/2016 - 3:55pm

2030 Districts logo courtesy of 2030 Districts On October 4, 2016, Portland, Maine became the 15th North American city to launch a 2030 District plan to drastically reduce energy consumption from buildings and transportation.

07/10/2016 - 11:41am

Maine Senator Angus King photo by Kay MannOn June 27, 2016, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce invited Senator Angus King to speak about energy-related issues as they relate to Maine businesses. Green Energy Maine was there and brings you this report.

04/20/2016 - 7:54pm

Village Centre passive house in Brewer Maine image courtesy of Community Housing of MaineWhen the Village Centre opens this month, the nation's second largest Passive House in North America will be in Brewer.

03/20/2016 - 7:38pm

Toyota Mirai image courtesy of ToyotaAs reported, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Maine Governor Paul LePage have agreed to put 220 charging stations in Maine to add

01/23/2016 - 4:30pm

Alex Pine of Maine Standard Biofuels photo by Kay MannOn January 12-14, 2016, the Maine Agricultural Trades Show took place at the Augusta Civic Center. In a Wednesday session, Jennifer Brennan of the Greater Portland Council of Governments (or GPCOG) introduced Alex Pine, Direc

Transportation News

Maine-Quebec EV Charging Station Corridor Announced
03/10/2016 - 5:04pm

Signage in front of an EV charging station in South PortlandOn Wednesday, March 10th, 2016 Maine and the Canadian province of Quebec announced a partnership to establish a route of electric vehicle charging stations between the two locations. The program promotes tourism to Maine and complements Quebec's new multimillion dollar program to incentivize EV sales. Funding for the project has not yet been announced; an initial plan is expected by summer 2016.

Read more on MaineBiz, the Portland Press Herald, or the Bangor Daily News.

E2Tech Hosts its First Expo Oct. 1
09/28/2015 - 9:45pm

Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine E2TechThe Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) and its partners are pleased to host the inaugural E2Tech Expo on October 1, 2015. Events include keynotes from a Fortune 50 company and a venture capital firm; its first-ever “E2Tech Talks” on Maine’s local and global food movements; a high-level plenary panel on cleantech markets, technologies, and public policies; workshops on energy policy, workforce development & career connections, sustainability in the supply chain, and cluster development and seed funding; and dozens of tables featuring environmental and energy companies, products, services, and resources.

You may see the agenda and register here.

City of Portland Adds Two More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Parking Garages
08/28/2015 - 1:29pm

An electric vehicle charger in a parking garage in Portland, Maine image courtesy of Greater Portland Council of GovernmentsOn July 29th, GPCOG joined the City of Portland's Mayor Michael Brennan, Councilor Ed Suslovic, Joel Harrington of Central Maine Power and Darlene Beach with the Iberdrola USA Foundation to celebrate the expansion of the City's electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

As part of a grant to GPCOG from the Iberdrola USA Foundation, the City was able to install two level II electric vehicle charging stations, one at both the Temple St. and Spring St. parking garages.  Mayor Brennan said, "I want to thank the Iberdrola USA Foundation and GPCOG for this grant. GPCOG has been instrumental in introducing electric vehicles and charging stations into our fleet and parking garages. Having two more EV chargers in our parking garages adds convenience and will hopefully help convince more people to use electric cars."

So far, seven EV chargers have been installed at municipal buildings and other locations including: Town Halls in Falmouth, Raymond and Windham, as well as Pineland Farms, the Marriott Hotel on Commercial St. in Portland and the City's two parking garages.

To learn more contact the Greater Portland Council of Governments.

Photo: An electric vehicle charger in a parking garage in Portland, Maine; image courtesy of Greater Portland Council of Governments

New Law Permits Maine EV Charging Stations to Charge for Power
05/01/2015 - 10:38am

The electric vehicle charging station at the South Portland Community Center in Maine photo by Kay MannThe Greater Portland Council of Governments reports that Governor LePage signed a new law allowing the owners of public electric vehicle charging stations to charge customers a fee for kilowatt usage when they plug in their Electric Vehicles.

The law will provide an incentive for more electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) to be installed throughout the state, providing EV owners more places to charge their vehicles, over the current 44. The law will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature finishes its 2015 session.

Read more from GPCOG. And, see where the charging stations are at this time.

Breathing Easier With Biodiesel
01/14/2014 - 3:24pm

Maine Standard Biofuels delivery truck photo courtesy of Maine Standard Biofuels In November 2013, The Northeast Diesel Collaborative – a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state agencies, and private and nonprofit groups – recognized Oakhurst Dairy and Maine Standard Biofuels with its 2013 Breathe Easy Leadership Award for their outstanding leadership in reducing diesel emissions. Maine Standard Biofuels makes biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oils and delivers it to Oakhurst Dairy to fuel its delivery fleet. As a result of this partnership, Oakhurst has decreased its diesel fuel emissions up to 70 percent annually.

Read more from the EPA. Photo courtesy of Maine Standard Biofuels.

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