Articles by Darren Fishell

 
WIDGETS AND DIGITS
Donald Trump appears at a campaign event in Lisbon, Maine, Oct. 28, 2016.

How Trumpy is your town?

on Feb. 26, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Vote figures give us a chance to peer over the fence at the neighbors and see which towns voted like others, at least in terms of support for Trump.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.

Feds, state sue Maine firm over alleged false advertising for health supplements

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 22, 2017, at 3:09 p.m.
The lawsuit claims a South Portland-based supplement company and others used false advertising to sell health supplements that promised joint pain relief and memory improvements.
Airbnb hosts in Maine brought in more than $26 million last year, as twice as many guests booked stays through the website that lets people rent private homes and living spaces as an alternative to hotels.

Maine Airbnb hosts made $26 million in 2016. LePage and towns want a better way to tax it.

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 22, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.
Airbnb hosts in Maine brought in more than $26 million last year, as twice as many guests booked stays through the website that lets people rent private homes and living spaces as an alternative to hotels.

Maine’s biggest electricity reseller is under the gun in New York

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 21, 2017, at 6:27 a.m.
The owner of Maine’s largest retail electricity company faces allegations in New York that its salespeople deceptively lured new customers into contracts.
FairPoint Communications has asked Maine utility regulators to free it from a requirement to provide regulated landline phone service in another five communities. A law passed last year removed the requirement for seven of the largest communities and set out a schedule for removing others.

FairPoint asks to get rid of regulated landlines in five more towns

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 20, 2017, at 6:11 p.m.
Tom Welch

Expert who served 4 Maine governors: Mixing politics, energy regulation is bad for business

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10 a.m.
“If [a government] ministry can reverse or remove the decision, then the investors will say why would we ever invest here?” Tom Welch said. “People are going to put money where they see predictability and a higher value for cost recovery. And if you don’t have those two things, then you’re going to get an inadequate system. End of story.”
Friends Lily Bernier (left) and Abby Bergmark, fourth graders at the Mary Snow School, walk down a plowed sidewalk on Linden Street in Bangor on their way to school Thursday morning

See where the storm dropped the most snow around the state

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 16, 2017, at 12:08 p.m.
Southern Maine and some Down East areas bore the brunt of the snowstorm that passed over the state Wednesday night.
Supplies and parts can be seen near the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative office in this September 2016 file photo.

Islands will try again to join Emera Maine’s electric grid

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 15, 2017, at 3:53 p.m.
Driven by extremely high power rates, the Swan’s Island Electric Co-op plans to make another attempt at merging with Emera Maine, after regulators denied the proposal last month.

An update on snowfall totals

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 13, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.

Here’s an update on snowfall totals

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 13, 2017, at 12:16 p.m.

See where Sunday night’s storm dumped the most snow

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 13, 2017, at 10:55 a.m.
Pedestrians walk down Garland Street in Bangor Thursday afternoon.

See where the storm dumped the most snow in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 13, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.
More snow is on the way Monday afternoon.
Wood chips are dumped from a truck at Covanta Energy's West Enfield facility in this January 2016 file photo.

Here’s an early look at how Maine’s biomass bailout money is being spent

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 12, 2017, at 7:42 a.m.
In January, two biomass generators tallied their first payments under a state subsidy program, taking in more than $241,000 from a $13.4 million pool of taxpayer dollars.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage wants to fix Maine, but his to-do list is built on shaky history, data

By Christopher Cousins, Darren Fishell and Michael Shepherd on Feb. 12, 2017, at 7:41 a.m.
Here are four lessons the governor wanted you to take home, but with a fuller picture.
Gov. Paul LePage uses a model of a home selling solar power to the electric grid during a press conference at the State House to decry a recent decision by the Public Utilities Commission that he says will force Maine ratepayers to subsidize the solar industry.

LePage urges Maine utility regulators to resign over solar decision

By Darren Fishell and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on Feb. 10, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said Friday he would urge the three-member Maine Public Utilities Commission “to resign in a heartbeat.”

Maine lawmakers eye new protections for electricity customers

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 10, 2017, at 6:49 a.m.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to cap the price electricity resellers can charge to residential customers and limit automatic signups, after an investigative series by the Bangor Daily News that found competitive electricity providers have cost Mainers millions.
Sappi North America announced plans to invest $165 million in it's Skowhegan mill.

Sappi to pump $165 million into Skowhegan mill

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 08, 2017, at 10:52 a.m.
Sappi Ltd. plans to spend $165 million on its No. 1 paper machine at its Skowhegan mill, which it said will increase the machine’s overall capacity and ability to produce consumer packaging products by early 2018.
A map of the electrical service area that is covered by the Houlton Water Company in Houlton, Maine.

Houlton’s municipal electric utility to unplug from Maine grid

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 07, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Houlton’s municipal electric utility has approval to disconnect from the northern Maine power grid and connect directly with Canadian lines.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI on Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Patriots’ comeback lit up New England — literally

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 07, 2017, at 6:19 a.m.
“An event as large as the Super Bowl syncs up the actions of a majority of people in New England, and because of this, electricity consumption spikes and dips throughout the game.”
Stephen Smith, president and CEO of Freeport-based L.L. Bean.

Report: L.L. Bean CEO offers help to employees hit by Trump travel ban

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 06, 2017, at 5:10 p.m.
Politico reported that Stephen Smith encouraged employees “personally grappling” with the fallout of Trump’s executive order to contact him directly.