Power for the People 2/26/20: Case study of renewable energy

Producer/Host: Steve Kahl
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

-Solar photo-voltaics
-Wind turbine
– Solar hot water

Guest: Scott Cowger, co-owner of Maple Hill Bed and Breakfast and Conference Center

About the host:

Steve Kahl is Professor of Science at Thomas College where he teaches environmental and energy courses and advises the student sustainability club. He writes the monthly ‘Sustainability Minute’ email which is distributed to over 1,200 readers. He is a member of the Quarry Road Recreational Area board of directors where he is advocating for a net-zero energy new welcome center. He has advised the board of WERU on the current plan for the station to become 100% solar powered in 2020. Steve is a member of the Green Campus Coalition of Maine, the working group of sustainability directors at Maine college campuses.

Steve’s past positions include Sustainability Director at Unity College where he developed a plan for the college to become 100% solar powered and earned the college the prestigious STARS Gold ranking with the American Association of Sustainability in Higher Education. Before that, he was Director of Environmental and Energy Strategies for the James Sewall Company of Old Town where he led a Maine Technology Institute research project that found that Maine could be 79% solar powered if all suitably-oriented rooftops had solar PV panels.

Prior to moving home to Maine, he was a member of the Energy Commission in Plymouth NH where he was obtained funding for the renovation of a town office building to net-zero energy and the installation of 160 KW of solar PV panels on town properties included a major PV array at the sewage treatment plant that offsets 40% of its electrical costs.

In his own home, he has installed two air-source heat pumps to completely eliminate heating oil, a hybrid hot water heater to reduce his water heating costs by 70%, and insulated the basement and attic to further reduce energy consumption and increase comfort. He would like to install rooftop solar panels but so far his shade trees that also produce maple syrup each year have convinced him otherwise. However, he has solar panels on his summer place at the lake and hasn’t paid for any electricity there since 2011.

Steve has a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Maine.

Power for the People 1/22/20: Wood Stoves

Producer/Host: Steve Kahl
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Discussion included:
a) safety considerations
b) types of stoves
c) firewood purchasing and storage

Guest: Paul Carey, owner North Winds Stove Shop, Ellsworth

About the host:

Steve Kahl is Professor of Science at Thomas College where he teaches environmental and energy courses and advises the student sustainability club. He writes the monthly ‘Sustainability Minute’ email which is distributed to over 1,200 readers. He is a member of the Quarry Road Recreational Area board of directors where he is advocating for a net-zero energy new welcome center. He has advised the board of WERU on the current plan for the station to become 100% solar powered in 2020. Steve is a member of the Green Campus Coalition of Maine, the working group of sustainability directors at Maine college campuses.

Steve’s past positions include Sustainability Director at Unity College where he developed a plan for the college to become 100% solar powered and earned the college the prestigious STARS Gold ranking with the American Association of Sustainability in Higher Education. Before that, he was Director of Environmental and Energy Strategies for the James Sewall Company of Old Town where he led a Maine Technology Institute research project that found that Maine could be 79% solar powered if all suitably-oriented rooftops had solar PV panels.

Prior to moving home to Maine, he was a member of the Energy Commission in Plymouth NH where he was obtained funding for the renovation of a town office building to net-zero energy and the installation of 160 KW of solar PV panels on town properties included a major PV array at the sewage treatment plant that offsets 40% of its electrical costs.

In his own home, he has installed two air-source heat pumps to completely eliminate heating oil, a hybrid hot water heater to reduce his water heating costs by 70%, and insulated the basement and attic to further reduce energy consumption and increase comfort. He would like to install rooftop solar panels but so far his shade trees that also produce maple syrup each year have convinced him otherwise. However, he has solar panels on his summer place at the lake and hasn’t paid for any electricity there since 2011.

Steve has a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Maine.

Power for the People 11/27/19: Efficiency Maine rebates

Producer/Host: Steve Kahl
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Key Discussion Points
a) electric vehicles
b) heat pumps
c) Maine energy mix

Guest: Michael Stoddard, ED of Efficiency Maine

Power for the People 10/23/19: Energy regulations and incentives

Producer/Host: Steve Kahl
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

-Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
-Solar PV net metering
-Electric vehicle rebates

Guest: Dylan Voorhees, NRCM

Power for the People 8/6/19: Net Zero Energy Construction

Producer/Host: Steve Kahl

Key Discussion Points
a) solar power net metering
b) Net zero energy case studies
c) Passive House building construction

Guests:
Phil Coupe, Revision Energy
Jill McLaughlin, Revision Energy

Power for the People 7/2/19: Recap of the 2019 legislative energy bills

Producer/Host: Steve Kahl
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Key Discussion Points
a) solar power net metering
b) electric vehicle rebates
c) Maine Renewable Portfolio Standard

Guests:
Sophie Janeway, Natural Resources Council of Maine
Nicole Grohoski, Maine House representative

Power for the People 6/4/19: LD 1646 – legislation for a proposed consumer-owned utility in Maine

Producer/Host: Steve Kahl

Key Discussion Points

a) Problems with CMP billing and service
b) proposed Maine Power Delivery Authority
c) How consumer-owned utilities have benefited other states

Guests:
Seth Berry, Maine House representative
Nicole Grohowski, Maine House representative

Power for the People 4/2/19

Maine Green Power Program

Producer/Host: Steve Kahl
Engineer: Amy Browne

Key Discussion Points
a) Maine renewable power sources
b) Maine green power program and how to sign up
c) Proposal for a consumer owned utility in Maine

Guest: Kay Mann, Outreach Coordinator, Maine Green Power