Maine Energy Systems
Maine Energy Systems (MESys) wood pellet boilers and furnaces are heating homes and businesses from Maine to Alaska. Built in Bethel, Maine, for the North American market, the licensed boiler design was acquired from ÖkoFEN, the world’s leader in automatic wood pellet boiler design and technology since 1989.
Maine Energy Systems’ primary mission is to support the transition to the use of renewable wood pellet fuel for heating of homes and businesses. By offering a stably priced carbon neutral source of heat and energy like wood pellets, MESys keeps home and business owners comfortable with their heat and comfortable in the knowledge that they are being good stewards of our environment. This fuel transition not only lowers costs for users, it also retains and creates jobs in the region while significantly reducing the region’s carbon footprint.
MESys was the outcome of a series of informal seminars organized by Les Otten in 2007. Les had decided it was time to use his energy and creativity in support of the regional economy and he wanted to focus on energy. He assembled a group of people with similar interests and invited experts in various fields of energy to biweekly meetings. The meetings were broadly focused to allow for highly speculative thinking about the regions economy and energy usage.
Les and the group identified a number of ways in which improving energy production and usage in the region would help the citizens and the local economy. After months of meeting, the group settled on a comprehensive solution that appeared to be the most likely to have an immediate positive impact on the lives of local citizens and the economy of the region. The solution is based on the conversion of a significant proportion of the central home heating systems in the Northeast from oil to wood pellet fuel. The conversion to wood pellet fuel will cut heating costs in homes and businesses substantially. The production of the fuel from local forests employs many local workers and most importantly will keep the money spent on home heating in the region rather than sending it to the Middle East. The conversion to a renewable carbon neutral fuel has a positive impact on the environment through a substantial reduction in the production of greenhouse gases.
To implement the solution, Les Otten, “Dutch” Dresser, and Bill Strauss formed Maine Energy Systems, LLC with the goal of bringing these benefits to homeowners and businesses. MESys offers a complete line of wood pellet fired central home heating systems and fuel delivery throughout much of the Northeast.