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Efficiency Maine: Is bigger better?

At the Formtek-Maine factory in Clinton, the orange hue from high-pressure sodium light bulbs has been replaced by the white light of 330 high-efficiency fluorescent tubes. The new lights have improved employees' morale and knocked $25,000 off the plant's annual electricity bill. Formtek-Maine is one of more than 3,000 businesses that have received rebates from Efficiency Maine for energy-saving improvements since the Legislature created the agency nine years ago. Many of those companies are now joining environmental groups to urge lawmakers to boost funding for the program over the next two years, from $28 million to $52 million.

6/5 Portland Press Herald