Maine Public Benefit Funds for Energy Efficiency
Since January 2004, Efficiency Maine has been the state's portfolio of energy conservation programs for all customer classes, including the low income through the Low-Income Appliance Replacement Program. These programs are mandated by Maine's 2002 Act to Strengthen Energy Conservation. Funding for Efficiency Maine is included in the rates of the major electric utilities, and at least 20 percent of its funds must be for low-income energy efficiency services, generally refrigerator replacement and energy efficient lighting. During SFY 2007 (July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007), the program delivered 2,468 energy efficient refrigerators and nearly 28,000 CFLs to 12,000 low- income households at a cost of about $2 million.
2007: $2 million