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Efficiency Maine Hosts Press Event in Norridgewock to Launch New Funding Opportunity for Small Municipalities

What: Efficiency Maine will host a press event at the Norridgewock Fire Station on Tuesday, August 30, at 1 p.m. to launch a new grant opportunity for small municipalities with fewer than 5,000 residents to make energy upgrades to town buildings.

This new promotion will rely on a portion of $50 million in federal funds allocated for this purpose by the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan (MJRP). The MJRP funds will be used primarily for initiatives that will reduce consumption of heating oil and propane by switching facilities to high-performance heat pump systems that deliver efficient, clean heating and air conditioning. Other eligible conservation projects include interior and exterior LED lighting, refrigeration upgrades, and wood-heat systems.

This press event will highlight a range of energy efficiency projects that have been installed across a variety of municipal buildings in the town of Norridgewock. The press will be able to ask the Town Manager about the heat pumps and lighting systems the town has installed, and capture images/video of completed projects. Efficiency Maine will provide details of the new grant opportunity and answer questions about the benefits available to towns and how they can participate.

When: Tuesday, August 30, at 1 p.m.

Where: The Norridgewock Fire Station, 22 Upper Main St., Norridgewock, ME 04957

Norridgewock is a leading example of the types of projects Efficiency Maine is promoting through this small-town opportunity. In recent years, the town has completed nine projects using Efficiency Maine incentives to upgrade the lighting in its fire department, airport terminal, library, municipal garage, wastewater facility, and town offices, as well as to install heat pumps in its fire station, airport terminal, and library.

Who: Eligible municipalities for this opportunity must have a population fewer than 5,000 residents based on 2020 Maine census data. Larger municipalities are not eligible for this funding opportunity, but may qualify for other public sector incentives offered through Efficiency Maine, which can be found on its website at

B-roll and photos: Efficiency Maine will make B-roll and photos from the event available via Dropbox.


Michael Stoddard – direct inquiries to Kate Rankin at
Executive Director
Efficiency Maine Trust

Richard LaBelle – direct inquiries to or call (207) 634-2252
Norridgewock Town Manager

Hannah Pingree – direct inquiries to Tony Ronzio at
Director, Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future – invited

Dan Burgess – direct inquiries to Tony Ronzio at
Director, Governor’s Energy Office

Brad Farrin (R-Norridgewock) – invited
Maine State Senator (District 3)

Jack Ducharme (R-Madison)
Maine State Representative (District 111)

How: This funding opportunity will accept applications until August 31, 2023, or until funds are exhausted. Accepted projects must be completed by February 28, 2024.



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