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Federal Stimulus: MPUC and the Federal Recovery Package
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provides all States with funds for job creation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, weatherization and workforce development. The Maine Public Utilities Commission’s State Energy Program (located within the MPUC’s Energy Programs or “Efficiency Maine” division) has been designated to receive that portion of energy efficiency and renewable energy funding for which Maine is eligible. See the Table below for a summary of the programs to be supported by Maine’s ARRA energy funds.
These are one-time funds, and will be spent or committed within two years. The short-term goals for this funding are to create and retain jobs in Maine, to achieve energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions, and to encourage energy efficiency improvements in all sectors. The long-term goals are to strengthen Maine’s energy efficiency and renewable energy infrastructure, reduce barriers to increasing efficiency and renewable energy, build professional capacity, educate the public and lay the groundwork for transforming our markets so that energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts are sustained after the ARRA funding is spent.
If you are interested in applying for ARRA funds, you should check the active RFPs/RFA/s using the link on the right side of the page to see what applications we are currently open. Check this website frequently for updates on RFPs/RF. For weekly ARRA updates submitted to the Governor’s office by the MPUC and other agencies, go to www.maine.gov/recovery.
The MPUC is also eligible to receive formula grants for the following DOE programs: Enhancing State Government Energy Assurance Capabilities and Planning for Smart Grid Resiliency; and State Electricity Regulators Assistance.
There are also ARRA funds set aside for improving access to broadband services, and the MPUC plays a role in taking public comments on guidelines for use of those funds and submitting comments to the federal government. Broadband funds will be deployed through a grant process administered by the federal government. More information on broadband funds may be found at www.maine.gov/connectme.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of phone calls and emails that Efficiency Maine has been receiving, we ask that you please review the information below and in the links to the right before contacting Efficiency Maine regarding ARRA funding for the State Energy Program and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant programs.
* A complete set of application documents can be found by clicking on the links in the box to the right
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