Energy

Ellsworth Green Action Team

Several subcommittees were formed under the Ellsworth Green Plan Steering Committee, including one focusing on Energy and one focusing on Solid Waste. In early 2018, those two subcommittees merged and are now known as the Ellsworth Green Action Team (EGAT).

To learn more or volunteer with EGAT, please contact EllsworthGAT@gmail.com

Our Mission: The Ellsworth Green Plan Energy Subcommittee will assist the city government and its residents in assessing and implementing cost-effective reductions in energy use, especially from non-renewable energy sources.

Our Vision: Ellsworth can assert itself as both an economic and environmental leader by prioritizing and promoting the reduction of energy use, especially from non-renewable sources, across its governmental, business, and private sectors. The city can make strategic long-term investments to both save taxpayer dollars and switch to renewable energy sources. Ellsworth will continue to be an attractive destination for the businesses and families of the 21st century.

The Energy Subcommittee can assist the city, its businesses, and residents by providing high-quality information and programs about energy efficiency and renewable energy use, for both buildings and vehicles. The Subcommittee will research and promote large and small scale solutions to help businesses and residents save money, live comfortably, and reduce non-renewable energy use.

Action Areas

WEATHERIZATION

EFFICIENCY

RENEWABLES

VEHICLES

Actions to date

Weatherize Ellsworth, summer 2018: By signing up for energy audits, air sealing, insulation, or other energy efficiency work done on their homes through this initiative, residents of Ellsworth received both rebates from Efficiency Maine and additional cost savings by partaking in group purchasing. EGAT helped the Natural Resources Council of Maine and the City of Ellsworth to promote this initiative. Penobscot Home Performance of Bucksport was the selected contractor. Participants are immediately saving money on their heating/cooling costs in both the winter and summer.

Municipal solar site assessment, ongoing: EGAT team members identified municipal properties suitable for a solar installation and have conducted site visits with a member of the Ellsworth City Council and the City Manager. The currently favored site is the old landfill on outer Union Street.

EV Charging Stations: Did you know there are two in Ellsworth? Thanks to the City of Ellsworth, A Climate to Thrive, and Tradewinds, there are charging stations at 59 Franklin Street and at Tradewinds at 357 State Street. See a more complete map of charging options for your travels at PlugShare. While not EGAT initiatives, we plan to promote and research efficacy of and improvements to EV options in Ellsworth.

Continuing and future action areas

Reduce building energy use through weatherization and efficiency:

    • Weatherization of buildings to reduce energy costs and increase comfort
    • Promote livable temperature adjustments in hottest and coldest months
    • Promote energy-efficient light sources and appliances
    • Promote off-peak energy use by homeowners

Research and promote viable local renewable energy sources:

    • Municipal solar to reduce long-term electricity costs to the city
    • Community or individual solar for businesses or houses
    • Small-scale wind turbines
    • Tidal energy in Union River Bay

Vehicle emissions and associated fuel costs:

    • Reduction where possible in the city vehicle fleet
    • Promote individual use of more fuel-efficient vehicles
    • Promote reductions in personal vehicle use
    • Assess use of existing charging stations and demand for more

Solar Energy for Ellsworth

There are three types of projects that EGAT encourages for the City of Ellsworth:

Solarize Ellsworth

A group purchasing plan to help local property owners install solar arrays at lower cost than they could do as individuals.

Examples:

Municipal Solar

EGAT has proposed that the City install solar arrays on municipal property to save tax payer money on electricity. EGAT has brought in several regional installers to meet with City officials.

Examples:

Community Solar Farms

An array installation facilitated by a municipality (or other entity) in order to bring the solar electricity option to residents who for one reason or another cannot install a solar array on their own property.

Examples: