The Island Institute’s Community Energy Program supports island communities in reducing their energy costs and increasing the reliability and sustainability of island electricity and heating infrastructure.
Welcome to the Island Institute’s blog. We’ll share interviews, photos, and stories from our staff, partners, and program participants about the issues facing our islands and coast and what we are doing to address them on a day-to-day basis. We’ll keep it informative and varied. Check back every week or so for new posts.
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The U.S. Department of Energy’s WINDExchange Summit in Orlando on May 18 provided an opportunity for the audience to learn more about the current status of the wind energy industry. The audience included members of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), national lab representatives, Regional Resource Centers, state energy officials, and professional and institutional partners.
The New York Times reporter Diane Cardwell follows the participants in the CIERA program—the first of many planned collaborative projects between the Island Institute and College of the Atlantic—as they travel from Maine to the island of Samsø, Denmark, which is powered by 100% renewable energy.
ROCKLAND, ME—The Island Institute today announced that it has received a grant of $90,285 from the Grants to Green Maine program for energy efficiency upgrades to its headquarters in Rockland. The grant will be used to make energy-saving retrofits to the historic building, including a new, high-efficiency wood pellet boiler. Work on the upgrades is expected to begin in January.
PORTLAND, ME—The Island Institute will host the Fifth Annual Island Energy Conference on November 7th in Portland, Maine. The event will bring together energy experts and island leaders from New England’s year-round island communities and beyond to discuss common energy challenges and to learn more about resources that exist to address those challenges.
James McCarthy’s Mainebiz article illustrates Island Institute programming in action, including our highly visible Island Fellows Program.
MPBN’s Jay Field reports on commercial fishermen from Great Britain offering their Maine counterparts advice on protecting their interests, as the state’s first offshore wind development moves forward.