Experts discuss clean energy solutions for Maine’s Islands

Penobscot Bay Pilot
Posted 2017-08-03

Staff / Penobscot Bay Pilot

Maine island communities pay some of the highest energy costs in the nation, but they are also leading the way in transitioning to clean energy systems. Learn more during the talk, “Island Energy: Transitioning to a Cleaner Future,” August 9.

On Wednesday, August 9 at 10:30 a.m., Brooks Winner and Harry Podolsky from the Island Institute’s Community Energy program will look at how the islands of the coast of Maine are developing innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions and serving as microcosms for the rest of the world as we transition to a clean energy future. The talk, “Island Energy: Transitioning to a Cleaner Future,” will take place in the fourth floor conference room at the Island Institute, 386 Main Street in Rockland, and is free and open to the public.

As the Island Institute’s Community Energy Manager, Brooks Winner works closely with island communities to assist with programming in energy efficiency, community-owned renewable energy, offshore wind and energy education. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he received multiple awards for his work on community energy projects throughout the state of Maine during his time there. Through his work as Community Energy Associate at the Island Institute, Harry Podolsky assists the Gulf of Maine’s year-round islands in implementing numerous programs focused on efficiency upgrades, education, and community owned renewable energy.

The one-hour talk is the final lecture in the Island Institute’s weekly Summer Lecture Series, which began on July 5th. All events are free and open to the public, and coffee and muffins will be provided.

To register for the event, visit, or for more information, contact the Island Institute membership department at (207) 594-9209, ext. 113, or

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