Energy Advisory Committee

Meetings

  • As determined by the Chair on an as needed basis.

Members

  • Beth Widmaver, Chair
  • John Dunster
  • Bill Franks
  • Joe Hardy
  • Mike Livingston, Town Planner/ Engineer

Overview

This committee advises the Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen on energy programs, projects and policies which, through conservation and alternative energy use, work to achieve a reduction in Wells’ reliance on fossil fuel. Meetings are held monthly and are project driven.

Current Projects

  • Solar Power Purchase Agreement to meet the electricity needs of Town and Schools. Energy Committee drafted RFP, reviewed proposals and advised Board of Selectmen on selection of contractor. (As of March, 2021,contract being negotiated with expected solar energy credits for the Town and School starting by 4th Qtr 2021/ 1st Qtr 2022)
  • Electric Vehicle show scheduled for Sunday, September 12, 2021, 1:00 to 4:00 at the Library
  • Increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations in Wells
  • Exploration of conversion of Wells’ school buses to electric
  • Exploration of electric bike sharing program for Wells
  • Community Solar-Informational webinar with ReVision Energy scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, noon to 1:00.

Recently Completed Projects

  • Town streetlight conversion to LED lights Streetlights. The annual savings to the Town is approximately $60,000.
  • Electric Vehicles. The Town has leased its first E.V. (electric, battery powered vehicle), a Nissan Leaf, for use by Town officials  utilizing a substantial rebate from Efficiency Maine
  • Installed a level II charging station near the back entrance to the Town Hall, with the assistance of Revision Energy of Portland. This charging station is available at no cost to townspeople.
  • Renewable energy. The Town has contracted with a private developer, Walden Renewables, Inc., to build solar installations, generating up to 10 megawatts of electricity, The Town will receive approximately $80,000 annually from tax and lease payments by the Developer.
  • Lighting   “Standard” lighting in the Town Hall has been converted to L.E.D. lighting.

Contacting the Energy Advisory Committee

To submit comments to the Energy Advisory Committee, you can:

  • Email the Chair
  • Hand deliver them to the Town Manager's Office
  • Mail them to:
    Town Manager
    208 Sanford Road
    Wells, ME 04090

Join our Committee

The Wells Energy Advisory Committee is seeking additional members.  Contact the Town Manager or Energy Committee Chair, Beth Widmayer