A MAINE PROGRAM AIMS TO MAKE SNOWMAKING MORE EFFICIENT.
Efficiency Maine wants you to put down your guns.
But it’s snow guns, not handguns, that the quasi-governmental organization, which is charged with administering the state’s energy-efficiency programs, is trying to get off the streets—er, slopes. The goal is to help Maine resorts use as little energy as possible to make snow. The program puts a bounty on old guns, offering money toward the purchase of efficient new ones—as much as $3,000 each, depending on the level of efficiency. Sunday River has pledged to destroy 173 energy hogs and will save enough juice to power 220 Maine homes a year. Other resorts are “getting in line.” That’s right, says EM’s Ian Burnes: “Put down the Ratnik Baby Snow Giant and nobody gets hurt.”