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BPA State Affiliate

Maine BPA is an official BPA State Affiliate, representing the state of Maine. We have organized to foster mutual collaboration and the exchange of information and ideas as we support Maine's expansion of home and building performance and energy efficiency businesses and industries. We also seek to provide meaningful input into policies that impact our small businesses.


Maine BPA & BPA National Membership

Maine BPA members are also members of BPA and enjoy all of the same benefits, including event discounts, policy support, access to BPA Connections, and more. If you're not yet a member, learn more and join today!

Ready to get involved with Maine BPA? Learn more and ask any questions by emailing


Download the Needs Assessment Survey Results Today!

BPA is proud to announce we have been awarded $299,543 to conduct a statewide workforce needs assessment among energy efficiency contractors, assemble hiring data and connect employers with community events, connect career-seekers with training opportunities, promote local resources for home performance and weatherization services, and establish and deliver Maine DOL-approved Energy Specialist and Weatherization Worker apprenticeship models.

An informal needs assessment conducted in July 2022 uncovered opportunities and challenges for energy efficiency contractors working in Maine. That report will serve as a starting point for taking a deeper dive into identifying and prioritizing new and innovative solutions to Maine's climate and energy challenges.

Maine BPA Engagement Opportunities


Access and download state-specific resources.

  • Maine BPA Letter: Respectfully Request Delay of Vote on Triennial Strategic Plan

  • Weatherization Building Capacity and a Stronger Maine Workforce

YouTube Channel

View the latest video updates and resources on YouTube.

Member-Only Discussion Community & Updates

For the most update to date state-specific industry information, join the Maine BPA discussion community available on BPA Connections. Note, you must be a current BPA member to access.

More About Maine BPA

According to the 2021 Energy Efficiency Jobs in America report, 90% of energy efficiency businesses in Maine have fewer than 20 employees. As members of the Maine BPA Affiliate, we support ongoing efforts to enhance the resources supporting our industry—which is comprised of small businesses and local job creators in Maine.


Richard W. Riegel Burbank

Maine BPA Volunteer

Richard founded Evergreen Home Performance in 2006 and serves as President, CEO, and Energy Advisor.

Richard, a Paris Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, uses his prior career in fine cuisine and foodservice management to exceed customer expectations with exacting preparation and attention to customer service. Richard is passionate about educating homeowners on energy efficiency and takes an active role in the ongoing education and mentoring of the Evergreen staff. Richard enjoys spending time with his wife and Evergreen co-owner Sammy, and three children, Cecile, Levi, and Joshua. He fills in the balance of his time with organic gardening and playing accordion and concertina while singing sea shanties.


Suzanne Watson

Maine BPA Volunteer

Suzanne has worked for decades in the clean energy and environmental for-profit and not-for-profit sectors at the state, regional, and national levels. In the late nineties, she created the Maine Environment & Energy Center (E2 Center) based out of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce now known as the E2Tech Council. She served as the Director of Innovation for the Maine DEP; climate and energy advisor for the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) based in Boston; senior energy advisor for the Northeast-Midwest House and Senate Coalitions serving eighteen states in the NE and MW regions; and, most recently for ten years as the policy director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in Washington, DC. She has supported the home performance industry both nationally and locally for many years. She received her BA in political theory from Bowdoin College and a JD and Masters of Law from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

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George Callas

Maine BPA Volunteer

Since 2007 George Callas has been training energy auditors and conducting energy audits. In 2010 he founded Build Green Maine, Maine’s only independent BPI Test Center. Through 2021, 1,500 energy efficiency professionals in Maine and from around the country have gained their BPI certifications through Build Green Maine. He has assessed hundreds of residential, institutional and commercial properties and has developed energy modeling software. He was the architect of the Independent Brooks project, one of the state’s first community-scaled weatherization initiatives. He serves on the BPI Technical Standards Committee.

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