What does it take for a community to change how it thinks about transportation?
Change is never easy, especially when it means modifying long-standing behavioral habit. It’s a huge undertaking, and only happens with committed people willing to take on leadership, cobbling together resources and doing time-intensive outreach. Through Central Maine Power’s EV Pilot 2B Project , I am very proud to have had the opportunity to work with a great group of committed leaders motivated to bring electric vehicles and their infrastructure into Greater Portland, Maine and Northern New England.
My sincere thanks to the Working Group who helped oversee my efforts, including Phil Coupe from ReVision Energy (@revisionsolar), Greg Cunningham, Conservation Law Foundation, Beth Nagusky and Mark LeBel (Environment Northeast aka the Acadia Center), Dylan Voorhees with Natural Resource Council of Maine, Steve Hinchman (Grid Solar), Ed Miller of the American Lung Association of the Northeast and the dedicated staff of Central Maine Power: Adam Cutter, Gail Rice, Joel Harrington and Shelley Morris.
The EV 2B Pilot was responsible for installing Maine’s first public high-voltage EV charger and workplace charging clusters at two large employers.
The project’s efforts, success and look forward are summarized here. As Director of Electric Mobility NE, based in Portland, Maine, I look forward to continued collaborative and innovative efforts to drive that transformation forward.