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Bangor Hydro Electric Company Pledges to Go Green

May 29, 2009 - TRC

Bangor, ME—Bangor Hydro Electric Company announced its commitment to pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification as the ribbon was cut at its new energy-efficient corporate headquarters today.

Distinguished speakers at today’s ceremony included U.S. Senator Susan Collins, John Kerry, Director of the Office of Energy Independence and Security, and Bangor Mayor Gerry Palmer.

“We’re excited to talk about our new building because we went to great lengths to make it environmentally friendly,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Robert Hanf. "We wanted to set a high standard of energy responsibility in our community.”

Senator Susan Collins, who just a few months ago was named the “greenest” Republican in Congress for the second year in a row, cut the ribbon at the new facility. Senator Collins received the honor because of her work taking on climate change, expanding the use of cleaner energy technologies, and of practicing good stewardship over our natural resources.

LEED certification is an extensive process in which points are earned in six categories:
• Materials and Resources
• Indoor Environmental Quality
• Innovation In Operations
• Sustainable Sites
• Water Efficiency
• Energy & Atmosphere

To date, Bangor Hydro has installed in the new building six energy-efficient, air-source Acadia heat pumps manufactured by Hallowell International in Bangor, added insulation, installed low-volume water fixtures, purchased energy star appliances, installed energy-efficient lighting, and eliminated the use of paper plates and cups.

“Bangor Hydro believes it is time to turn our attention and focus on reducing our dependence on fossil fuel and our carbon footprint,” said Hanf. “We feel so strongly about this that we’ve committed to it in our strategic plan. It won’t be easy, but it needs to be done to keep the planet healthy for future generations.”

Submitted by : Susan Faloon, Communications Officer, Bangor Hydro-Electric Company (207) 973-2812

Bangor Hydro-Electric Company (BHE) is an electric utility wholly-owned by Emera Inc. BHE serves a population of 192,000 in an area encompassing 5,275 square miles in eastern and east coastal Maine. BHE is a member of the New England Power Pool and is interconnected with other New England utilities to the south and with the New Brunswick Power Corp. to the north. Visit us at www.bhe.com.

Emera Inc. (EMA-TSX) is an energy and services company with $4.7 billion in assets. Electricity is Emera's core business. The company has two wholly-owned regulated electric utility subsidiaries, Nova Scotia Power Inc. and Bangor Hydro-Electric Company, which together serve 600,000 customers. Emera also owns 19% of St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited, which serves more than 50,000 customers on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and 25% of Grand Bahama Power Company which serves 19,000 customers on the Caribbean island of Grand Bahama. In addition to its electric utility investments, Emera has a joint venture interest in Bear Swamp, a 600 megawatt pumped storage hydro-electric facility in northern Massachusetts; a 12.9% interest in the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline; a 7.4% interest in Open Hydro and Emera Energy Services which manages energy assets on behalf of third parties. Visit Emera on the web at www.emera.com.

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