Governor Mills and Efficiency Maine Announce $4 Million Jobs and Stimulus Program in Maine to Cut Energy Costs for Hospitality Businesses

Governor Janet Mills and Efficiency Maine today announced the launch of a $4 million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan program to help Maine hospitality businesses improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.

“Helping small businesses, like those in our critically important hospitality sector, switch from expensive and harmful fossil fuels to highly efficient heat pumps and other improvements will help them save money and protect our environment,” said Governor Janet Mills. “I thank Efficiency Maine for partnering on this My Jobs Plan project. My administration will do everything in its power to help Maine’s small businesses reduce energy costs, save money, and make in the face of the threat of climate change.

“HospitalityMaine appreciates the Governor’s additional efforts on behalf of Maine’s small hospitality businesses,” said Matt Lewis, President and CEO of HospitalityMaine. “Restaurant and accommodation operators use a lot of energy to heat and cool their buildings. This assistance to provide more incentives for installing heat pumps and retrofitting heating systems through Efficiency Maine will help reduce costs over time and will be very valuable in this era of rising heating prices. ‘energy.

The Maine Efficiency program provides incentives to restaurants and lodging establishments in Maine to install high-efficiency heat pump systems for heating and cooling to reduce the consumption of expensive heating fuels. The program also provides incentives for hospitality businesses to use LED lighting and retrofit refrigeration systems, further reducing their electricity costs.

“We are excited to use these Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan funds to help Maine’s vital hospitality industry take steps to reduce energy costs, especially during this time of rising energy prices,” said Michael Stoddard, Executive Director of Efficiency Maine. “As accommodations and restaurants in Maine adopt high-performance heat pump systems for heating and cooling, they will save money on their energy bills while their guests enjoy greater comfort by all seasons.”

This initiative is the first of several Maine Efficiency plans to support energy efficiency upgrades for Maine businesses engaged in travel, tourism and hospitality, which have been hit hard by the COVID pandemic. -19. In total, Efficiency Maine is receiving $50 million from the Governor’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan for weatherization and energy efficiency in Maine homes, businesses and local government buildings.

“This new program will provide businesses in Maine’s tourism and hospitality sector with significant relief from rising energy costs,” said Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development. “These energy efficiency improvements will help make this vital sector – which supports one in five jobs in Maine – more sustainable for years to come.”

The initial phase of this initiative prioritizes small businesses. To be eligible for the program’s first funding opportunity, lodging businesses – hotels, motels, inns, and bed and breakfasts – must have fewer than 100 beds, be located in Maine, and must not be franchised or owned by , a national or international chain. Maine restaurants that are franchised or owned by a national or international chain are also not eligible. Rental homes, short-term accommodations, seasonal properties such as camps or cabins, and non-permanent structures are also not eligible for this phase, but may be eligible for other Maine Efficiency incentives.

Applications for energy retrofit funds are open now and will be available until May 1, 2023, or funds run out.

This new program builds on steps already taken by the Mills administration to reduce costs for Maine residents struggling with rising fuel oil and electricity prices due to volatile global fuel markets. fossils. These actions include:

Since 2019, more than 40,000 new high-efficiency heat pumps have been installed in Maine to address the state’s national dependence on fuel oil and reduce harmful carbon emissions. The state’s climate plan, Maine Won’t Wait, aims to install 100,000 new heat pumps in Maine by 2025.

Efficiency Maine is an independent administrator of programs in Maine aimed at increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, primarily by providing financial incentives for the purchase of high-efficiency equipment or helping customers to modify their operations to reduce energy costs. Visit Efficiencymaine.com to learn more.

The Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan is the Governor’s plan, approved by the Legislature, to invest nearly $1 billion in Federal American Rescue Plan funds to improve the lives of Maine residents and families, help businesses, create well-paying jobs and build an economy. ready for future prosperity.

It draws heavily on the recommendations of the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee and the state’s 10-year Economic Development Strategy, turning them into concrete actions to improve the lives of Maine residents and strengthen the economy.

To learn more about Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, visit maine.gov/jobsplan.

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