Energy

 
View of the cooling towers at the Golfech nuclear power plant on the border of the Garonne River between Agen and Toulouse, southwestern France, March 22, 2016.

Should troubled nuclear reactors be subsidized?

By Peter Bradford, The Conversation on Jan. 13, 2017, at 7 a.m.
Since the 1950s, U.S. nuclear power has commanded immense taxpayer and consumer subsidy based on promises of economic and environmental benefits. Many of these promises are unfulfilled, but new ones take their place and more subsidies follow.

Renewable power standards face uncertain future

By Fred Bever, Maine Public on Dec. 27, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
A consumer subsidy for renewable power in Maine may be ending — or at least changing. It’s called the Class 1 Renewable Portfolio Standards program, and many stakeholders, including environmentalists, say it’s ready for reform.
The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant closed Dec. 29, 2014.

Proposed Vermont Yankee sale seeking state approval

By Meghan Foley, The Keene Sentinel on Dec. 20, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.

Houlton utility gets OK to build line to connect to New Brunswick Power

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 16, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
John Clark, general manager of the utility, said the move will save “millions of dollars” for its customers.
Covanta Energy's West Enfield facility.

Biomass bailout to restart former Covanta plants, boost Aroostook generators

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 13, 2016, at 1:03 p.m.
Maine regulators on Tuesday approved splitting $13.4 million in subsidies across four biomass facilities.
ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson speaks during the 26th World Gas Conference in Paris, France, June 2, 2015.

Trump picks ExxonMobil CEO Tillerson to be secretary of state

By Steven Mufson, Philip Rucker and Karoun Demirjian, The Washington Post on Dec. 13, 2016, at 8:18 a.m.
Trump praised Tillerson’s global business experience in a statement Tuesday.
Railroad tank cars are unloaded on a loop track at a refinery in Delaware City, Delaware, in 2013.

With Dakota Access Pipeline in limbo, more Bakken crude to move on trains

By Liz Hampton, Reuters on Dec. 06, 2016, at 3:02 p.m.
Shippers who expected to see another 570,000 barrels of daily Bakken pipeline capacity in 2017 will have to find new ways to move supply.
Community

Here Comes the Sun: Solar Power on MDI

By swhplibrary on Dec. 01, 2016, at 1:03 p.m.
Community

Holiday Concert and Vocal Workshop

By Laura Genese on Dec. 01, 2016, at 12:59 p.m.
A protest sign is planted along the route of the Dakota Access pipeline during a protest near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in St. Anthony, North Dakota.

Trump dumped his stock in Dakota Access pipeline over the summer

By Steven Mufson, The Washington Post on Nov. 24, 2016, at 9:06 a.m.
The sale would eliminate one possible conflict of interest for Trump, who has vowed to speed up permits for oil and gas pipelines.
Delegates from West Virginia hold signs supporting coal on the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.

Canada accelerates plan to phase out coal power

By Ethan Lou, Reuters on Nov. 21, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
South of the border, President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to ease the regulatory burden on all fossil fuel producers.
Community
Solar electricity and solar hot water at a home in coastal Maine

New Solar Salute Program Offers Renewable Energy Discounts for Veterans

By revisionenergy on Nov. 07, 2016, at 9:47 p.m.
Community

Maine Thought Leader Forum: A Post-Election Discussion on Climate and Clean Energy

By Sophie Halpin on Nov. 02, 2016, at 4:32 p.m.
Community

Interior Storm Window Building Workshop

By Mandy Skinner on Nov. 02, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
Community

E2Tech Expo 2016

By Jeff Marks on Oct. 26, 2016, at 9:24 a.m.
Activists are seen attempting to cut chains after trespassing into a valve station for pipelines carrying crude from Canadian oils sands into U.S. markets near Clearbrook, Minnesota.

Activists disrupt Canada-US oil pipelines

By Nia Williams, Reuters on Oct. 11, 2016, at 8:13 p.m.
Protest group Climate Direct Action said the move was in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Community
Dan Bell, general manager of Agri-Cycle, is giving his remarks after receiving the 2016 Community Climate Champion Award from Maine Conservation Alliance. From left are: Travis Fogler, president of Stonyvale Farm; Sam Michaud, vice president of operations from Good Shepard Food Bank; Jennifer deHart, chief sustainability officer at Unity College; Trampas King, representative from Mid-Maine Solid Waste Association; Bob Sedgwick, director of Dining Services at Husson University; Dan Belll, general manager of Agri-Cycle; Beth Ahearn, program director of Maine Conservation Alliance.

Exeter Agri-Energy and Agri-Cycle named 2016 Community Climate Champion

on Oct. 04, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
Community

E2Tech Forum: New England Electricity Outlook- Get Plugged In!

By Jeff Marks on Oct. 04, 2016, at 11:27 a.m.
Community

PLC reminds Mainers that heating with wood supports local jobs and working forests

By PLC of Maine on Sept. 22, 2016, at 7:22 a.m.
Smoke no longer rises out of the smokestacks at the coal-fired Castle Fate Power Plant outside Helper, Utah, Aug. 13, 2015. The plant closed in spring 2015 in anticipation of the Clean Power Plan, which faces a legal challenge from 27 states.

Most states on track to meet emissions targets they call burden

By Nichola Groom and Valerie Volcovici, Reuters on Sept. 18, 2016, at 9:17 a.m.
A 2015 analysis by consulting firm M.J. Bradley & Associates for the Environmental Defense Fund found that 21 of the 27 states suing to block the Clean Power Plan are on track to meet its 2024 targets..