Articles by Darren Fishell

The Maine Brewers' Guild plans to refurbish a refrigerated shipping container into the "Maine Beer Box." It will have 50 taps and will make its first trip as the "ambassador for Maine beer" in June, heading to a beer festival in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Maine’s craft beer is headed to Iceland

By Darren Fishell on March 30, 2017, at 5:16 p.m.
A 50-tap keg will be carrying Maine’s craft beer to a festival in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, this June.

Not in my backyard: Lawmakers from all over Maine often decide key local issues

on March 29, 2017, at 11:25 a.m.
The makeup of legislative committees, based on the whims of party leaders, makes important changes to who decides what in Augusta. Our interactive map helps sort that out.

Shareholders OK FairPoint’s $1.5 billion sale to Illinois company

By Darren Fishell on March 28, 2017, at 7:07 p.m.
FairPoint has at least 660 employees in Maine.

Health care industry gave a big boost to Maine earnings last year

on March 28, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.
About one dollar in six of Maine’s $1.56 billion increase in earnings from 2015 to 2016 went to people working in the health care or social assistance industry, according to U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates.
Stored Solar, which operates biomass generators in West Enfield and Jonesboro, said it has settled a problem with loggers who claim they had not been paid since early February for products delivered to the generators.

Biomass company says it paid aggrieved loggers, wants to rework subsidy

By Darren Fishell on March 28, 2017, at 3:26 p.m.
Biomass generator Stored Solar said it’s settled an “invoicing dispute” with loggers who claimed they were not being paid.

Small Maine communities reclaim their say over wind projects

By Darren Fishell on March 27, 2017, at 7:06 p.m.
A total of 39 Unorganized Territory communities have taken back the ability to nix wind power projects they don’t like.

Pepper farmer eyes building biomass-fueled greenhouse in Maine

By Darren Fishell on March 24, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.
The development is part of Stored Solar’s broader plan for “biomass energy parks” that would bring in customers for other biomass byproducts.

How Maine fuel assistance funds have changed since 2013

on March 23, 2017, at 3:53 p.m.
Mark Charette of Fort Kent, delivers home heating oil to a Fort Kent resident, Thursday, Dec. 1, during the season's first big snow event.

Bangor would be hardest-hit by Trump cuts to heating aid

By Darren Fishell on March 23, 2017, at 3:02 p.m.
Bangor, Lewiston and Skowhegan would get hit hardest by cuts to federal heating assistance in President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget.

By Darren Fishell on March 23, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.

All but 2 Maine counties had more deaths than births in 2016

on March 23, 2017, at 9:33 a.m.
An attorney for the Maine Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday asked representatives of Stored Solar, which operates a biomass energy generator in West Enfield, to respond to allegations that it has not been paying loggers for wood products used to generate energy.

Biomass firm asked to explain financial status after loggers say they were not paid

By Darren Fishell on March 22, 2017, at 7:35 p.m.
Regulators have asked a company receiving state subsidies to explain why loggers supplying the plants report not being paid in more than a month.

Hackers attack website used to look for jobs in Maine

By Darren Fishell on March 22, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
The Kansas-based contractor that runs Maine’s JobLink website reported a hacker viewed names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of job seekers.
A representative of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine said some members of his group report that they have not been paid for wood products since early February by Stored Solar, which operates a biomass generator in West Enfield.

Loggers: State-subsidized biomass firm stopped paying in February

By Darren Fishell on March 21, 2017, at 2:21 p.m.
Ocean Renewable Power Co.'s tidal power generator, pictured here in August 2013, has been out of the water since April of that year because of problems with the generation component built by a Massachusetts company. In a regulatory filing in Maine, the company says it could have the generator back online later this year.

Bad waterproofing kept pioneering Maine tidal project off the grid

By Darren Fishell on March 21, 2017, at 12:37 p.m.
The company expects to get its new generator online by mid-2019. That’s a longer period offline than its contract with Emera Maine allows. The current agreement otherwise would expire April 21.

Amazon to start collecting Maine sales tax in April

By Darren Fishell on March 21, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage during a press conference at the State House.

LePage seeks to change rules on biomass bailout bill he signed

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 7:22 p.m.
LePage has asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to change the rules for two biomass companies getting $13.4 million in taxpayer subsidies over two years.

Amazon will start charging sales tax for Maine shoppers, state officials say

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 5:48 p.m.
The change will add 5.5 percent to the price of items sold through Amazon, and the decision follows similar moves in other states.
Craft breweries are on the rise in all but one county in Maine.

When it comes to craft breweries in the U.S., Maine reigns supreme

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 12:35 p.m.
For Maine, the rate of new breweries coming online beat the national average for five of the six years between 2010 and 2015.
A new app launched by Forager 1 LLC, a group led by former CashStar CEO David Stone, aims to streamline transactions between local farmers and stores such as the Portland Co-op.

It just got easier for Mainers to get food from local farmers

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 6:24 a.m.
The company aims to improve transactions between small farmers and grocery stores or cooperatives, mostly by taking manual paperwork out of the equation.