Rockland receives energy efficiency award from Efficiency Maine

Sep 06, 2018
Courtesy of: El Costell From left, Energy Advisory Committee member Bill Pearce, City Manager Tom Lutrell, committee member Nathan Davis and former committee chair Larry Pritchett accept the 2018 Hastings Award from Efficiency Maine Executive Director Michael Stoddard.

Rockland — Rockland's Energy Advisory Committee issued a press release Sept. 5 announcing that the city was named the winner of the Efficiency Maine Trust’s 2018 Philip C. Hastings Award Aug. 24.

The Hastings Award is presented each year to an individual or organization that typifies the spirit of the late Phil Hastings, the founding director of Efficiency Maine. To honor his memory, the Philip C. Hastings Award recognizes an individual or organization for significant contributions to energy efficiency and to the state’s environmental stewardship through exemplary support of the Efficiency Maine program. According to the release, the award recognizes Rockland’s leadership in energy efficiency initiatives including Weatherize Rockland, PACE home energy loan financing, and downtown streetlight replacement.

The Energy Advisory Committee also announced its first Community Energy Forum, set for Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of Rockland City Hall. The event will kick off the process of developing a community energy policy for Rockland that will include plans and policies for energy efficiency, sustainability, economy and resilience across both public and private sectors. Expert panelists will discuss community energy policies, including policies that other communities have successfully implemented, and then there will be a public question and comment session. Snacks will be provided.

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