I work around Efficiency Maine but never with them so limited knowledge. But I'm curious what your interest is. I do have a contact who does auditing and contracting and I assume he has done work in compliance with EM.
The people I deal with are not interested in trying to qualify for whatever program EM is offering as in many cases they can get the work done better for less. I'm sure they would argue that, but one of the big catches in the past was no DIY, which in Maine excluded many homes.
I know some guys at Hancock software who has developed the HEAT auditing tool. They reached out to me looking for a contractor working in the EM program. I knew you weren't doing it or I would have passed along your information. I would think there is probably a website for EM which has the participating contractors, although I have never looked.
Yes, there is a list of participating contractors, they call them energy advisors, but it includes everything related to energy. http://www.efficiencymaine.com/at-home/registered-vendor-locator
Just plug in the desired zip, Bangor = 04401 and go at least 25 mile radius.
As for software, last I knew Maine had developed their own which was only available for their own program. Those using REM or TREAT were able to continue, but how they uploaded to the Maine software I do not know. I don't know what their annual costs are for the system they are using, but as I remember, it was developed by another company and is maintained by them, so not like the state owns it in house.
With the current economy and political winds it is hard to see huge incentive dollars flowing into auditing. I'm currently trying to determine the effects of BPI's increased certification costs as Maine had adopted them. That would include all of their WAP auditors and at the new prices, that's a big cost. Since no one is returning calls, I'm assuming it is work in progress.
Our company, Evergreen Home Performance in Rockland, works closely with EM in the single and multi-family programs.
Heliotropic Technologies has a wealth of experience that will be critical in making your energy management program successful working with the Efficiency Maine Trust. We have existed at our Boothbay Harbor location offering a menu of similar services since 1980. Heliotropic Technologies has supplied energy engineering services and super efficient energy systems and renewable energy projects to municipalities, property management firms, ESCos, manufacturing companies, and commercial property owners. Heliotropic Technologies is an Efficiency Maine Trust “Qualified Partner”, and was inducted in 2010 into the National Environmental Hall of Fame. Mr. Mayhew, corporate President, is a Maine licensed Professional Engineer, and AEE Certified Energy Manager CEM, certified Green Building Engineer (GBE) , and was an EPA Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP) until the EPA stopped supporting the Energy Star “Green Lights Program”.
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Hello, my name is Colin Choney and I am with Hancock Energy Software. I was reaching out to Gary to learn more about the Efficiency Maine program and the companies who work within that program. Hancock Software is excited to announce that our iHEAT energy audit tool is now approved for modeling energy savings on Efficiency Maine financed projects. To learn more about the iHEAT software and how you can use our software with EM please visit http://www.hancocksoftware.com/efficiencymaine/