Contractor Training Grants Program

In 2024, the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) intends to apply on behalf of the State of Maine for $1.3 million in federal funding available through the Inflation Reduction Act to develop a statewide contractor training grant program. The State-Based Home Energy Efficiency Contractor Training Grants program (also known as TREC) is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy. The program offers states funding to create and implement workforce development programs that prepare workers to deliver energy efficiency, electrification, and clean energy improvements, including those covered under federal energy efficiency rebate programs. Consistent with federal guidelines, states may design programs that: 

  • Reduce costs associated with training contractor employees; 
  • Provide testing and certification of contractors; and 
  • Partner with nonprofits to attract and train a diverse set of local workers.  

Program Design and Application 

In January 2024, GEO is soliciting stakeholder feedback to help determine best uses of the funds based on federal regulations and guidelines as well as existing programmatic activities. In addition, GEO is working to ensure Maine’s program will align with goals established by Maine Won’t Wait, reduce energy burden, serve disadvantaged and underserved communities, and meet federal Justice 40 requirements

Opportunities for Public Comment 

On January 10, 2024, GEO hosted a public meeting to present information regarding Maine’s application and solicit stakeholder feedback. Slides from that meeting and the Draft Program Framework for Public Comment are available to view and download below: 

  • View the January 10 meeting slides here
  • View the Draft Program Framework for Public Comment here. 

The deadline to submit comments on Maine’s draft program is January 24, 2024. Please send comments via email to Tagwongo Obomsawin, Clean Energy Partnership Program Manager, at:  

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