Join the Island Institute, NASEO Rural Energy Task Force, and the Maine Governor’s Energy Office on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, for a webinar on Bridging the Rural Efficiency Gap.
Islands and other rural communities throughout the United States pay some of the highest costs for electricity and heating fuel. With such high energy costs, the financial benefits of energy efficiency can be significant, but if you live in one of these rural places it can be difficult to find financing for energy upgrades or a contractor who will work in your area. These financial and logistical barriers are called the “rural energy efficiency gap.” The Island Institute is working to bridge this gap, partnering with the Maine Governor’s Energy Office and a team of experts from other rural states. This multi-state effort is identifying the barriers to energy efficiency in rural areas and the program designs, policies, and outreach strategies that are “bridging the gap.”
This webinar will highlight data collected by project partners about energy burdens and barriers to energy efficiency in rural parts of Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Presenters will also share case studies from these states that demonstrate the solutions that program administrators and program implementers are identifying to increase uptake of energy efficiency in rural communities.
- Lisa Smith, Senior Planner, the Maine Governor’s Energy Office
- Suzanne MacDonald, Senior Community Development Officer, Island Institute
- Sarah Brock, Energy Program Manager, Vital Communities
- Representative, Alaska Energy Authority