Energy Advisory Committee

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.

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  • Beth Widmayer, Chair
  • John Dunster
  • Bill Franks
  • Joe Hardy
  • Jackie Quinton
  • Lisa Gatti-Arnold
  • John Lillibridge
  • Mike Livingston, Town Planner/ Engineer

Meetings

  • Work sessions are determined by the Chair on a monthly meeting basis, either virtually or in person. 

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 May 2022, expected solar energy credits for the Town and School starting in 3rd Qrt 2022.)
  • Second annual Electric Vehicle show scheduled for September 2022, at the Library (Exact details pending). 
  • Increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations in Wells.
  • Exploration of conversion of Wells’ school buses to electric.
  • Exploration of an electric bike sharing program for Wells.

Recently Completed Projects

  • Community Solar-Information webinar with Revision Energy scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, noon-1:00pm. 
  • First Electric Vehicle show 9/12/21.
  • EV Charging station: Assisted Town Manager in acquiring grants for install at the Library.
  • Community Solar: Investigated many town sites for use as Community Solar Farms. 
  • Town streetlight conversion to LED 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 2' 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

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Join our Committee

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


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