About Us

This website is managed by the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), as a project of the local Energy Working Group – EmPowerMe. It is intended to provide resources and information for Maine local governments and local energy committees, and to coordinate energy reduction efforts.

The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), in partnership with Clean Air – Cool Planet (CA-CP), formed EmPowerMe, a local Energy Working Group, in early 2010.  The mission of the Working Group is:

“To reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through strategic energy planning, public outreach and the provision of resources and technical support to municipalities and local energy committees.”

EmPowerMe is a consortium of groups and individuals from the private, public and non-profit sectors with an interest in reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, specifically at the local government level.  While the Working Group is based in Cumberland County and the Greater Portland Region, it produces materials and models available and applicable to all of Maine.

The first projects of EmPowerMe include:

  1. Supporting the development of a handbook for municipalities and local energy committees interested in reducing energy and GHG emissions.
  2. EmPower Cumberland County – a regional energy and climate planning initiative.  With its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Energy, Cumberland County funded the Greater Portland Council of Governments to staff and manage the development of a Climate and Energy Plan.  EmPowerMe is overseeing the Plan’s development.
  3. Providing oversight of and contributing to this website, which is created and managed by GPCOG and designed to provide resources for Maine local governments and local energy committees.

If you are interested in getting involved and/or contributing to this website, please contact Jennifer Puser at jpuser@gpcog.org or 207-774-9891.

For more information on GPCOG’s sustainability efforts, click here.