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Crews from Emera Maine travel to Delaware in January to help restore power to customers affected by a deadly blizzard.

Maine regulators may seek Emera management audit

By Darren Fishell on April 05, 2016, at 5:38 p.m.
Regulatory staff said it found during the latest rate case that the cost to implement the company’s new customer information system was about 50 percent higher than initially projected in 2014, at $30.1 million rather than $17.3 million.
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LePage to join talks on Maine’s energy future

By Bob Mentzinger on April 05, 2016, at 1:26 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: University of Maine, Wells Conference Center, Orono, Maine For more information: (207) 509-7292; unity.edu/news/lepage-join-talks-maine-s-energy-future Governor to address students, educators at nonpartisan Power Dialog Story continues below advertisement. sponsored by Unity College, University of Maine, Maine Conservation Alliance ORONO, Maine – …
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Camden Hills Regional High School

The Future of Solar: Workshop with ReVision Energy and Pika Energy

By revisionenergy on April 05, 2016, at 11:32 a.m.
Join representatives from ReVision Energy and Pika Energy for an upcoming solar workshop in Camden on new and changing solar options in Maine. The focus of the workshop will be current and forthcoming solar energy options, including growing options for battery storage. Guests will have the opportunity to learn how …
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Freeman Buzzell (left) gives Bob Hughgill a haircut Wednesday in his downtown Madison shop. Buzzell has been cutting hair in Madison since 1963 and believes the mill closure most likely will have a trickle-down effect on the community. "Pretty much everyone thought that [the mill closing] wasn't going to happen that fast," said Buzzell.

‘Madison’s going to have to reinvent itself,’ LePage tells mill town

By Michael Shepherd on March 30, 2016, at 8:49 p.m.
The mill announced earlier this month that it would shut down by May, laying off 214 workers. It was the fifth major Maine mill closure announced in the last three years.

Madison residents explain the impact of mill closure will have on town

By Ashley Conti on March 30, 2016, at 8:46 p.m.
Residents of Madison explain how the Madison Paper Industries mill closure will affect their town.
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Solar electric panels on a ballasted racking system are ideal for flat roofs

Solar 101workshop to be held in Bangor

By revisionenergy on March 30, 2016, at 7:55 p.m.
Friday, April 8, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Location: COE Space, 48 Columbia St., Bangor, Maine For more information: 589-4171; revisionenergy.com/events BANGOR — Representatives from ReVision Energy and Pika Energy will host a workshop on new and changing solar options in Maine at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at …
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Rockland’s latest draft big energy ordinance: residents, city councilors spar over Big Gas’ role in writing it.

By Friends of Penobscot Bay on March 23, 2016, at 9:27 p.m.
Rockland. Maine’s lobster capitol on the western shore of Penobscot Bay is in the throes of changing city ordinance to include reviewing applications for utility scale power plants. This is due to efforts by Massachusetts natural gas promoter EMI to site a cogeneration gas plant there, and realization that the …
A view of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, Texas.

Rockefeller Family Fund drops Exxon, divests from fossil fuels

By Terry Wade and Anna Driver, Reuters on March 23, 2016, at 6:05 p.m.
The Rockefeller Family Fund said on Wednesday it will divest from fossil fuels as quickly as possible and “eliminate holdings” of Exxon Mobil Corp.
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Solar Power in the Ellsworth Area

By marthad on March 12, 2016, at 6:15 p.m.
Friday, March 25, 2016 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, 121 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 207 667 5863 The public is invited to a program on solar power for the Ellsworth area, presented by Emmie Theberge of the Natural Resources Council of …
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The solar hot water and grid-tied solar electric arrays at Maple Hill Farm B&B, Hallowell

The Future of Solar: Workshop with ReVision Energy and Pika Energy

By revisionenergy on March 07, 2016, at 8:05 p.m.
Join representatives from ReVision Energy and Pika Energy for an upcoming solar workshop on new and changing solar options in Maine. The focus of the workshop will be current and forthcoming solar energy options, including growing options for battery storage. Guests will have the opportunity to learn how solar electric …

Quebec seeks injunction to force Energy East pipeline review

By Allison Lampert, Reuters on March 01, 2016, at 4:23 p.m.
MONTREAL — Quebec on Tuesday filed a motion for an injunction to ensure TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Energy East oil pipeline complies with the Canadian province’s environmental laws, another potential setback for the project. TransCanada has said the pipeline is subject to federal regulations, not those of Quebec. Energy East would …
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New England Clean Energy Procurement Project Proposals

By Jeff Marks on Feb. 18, 2016, at 10:22 a.m.
Friday, March 11, 2016 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: Maple Hill Farm Inn and Conference Center, 11 Inn Road, Hallowell, Maine For more information: e2tech.org/event-2174353 A consortium of New England states and electric utilities issued a joint RFP to identify projects that will advance the clean energy goals of …
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Solar panels are seen on the outside of Erica Buswell and Scott Giroux's simple home on Sept. 14, 2015, in Searsport. They live in a simple, old-fashioned way on their piece of land in Searsport where Giroux has built all the structures on the property.

This is Maine’s chance for the right solar power reboot

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 10, 2016, at 10:54 a.m.
Maine has hit an important solar juncture: Enough homeowners have installed solar panels on their roofs and enough community solar projects are in operation that the key policy that has encouraged so many solar panels is due for major revision. The state will position itself well if it can strike …
The average price of a regular gasoline in Maine dropped to $1.88 per gallon Monday, the lowest it has been in more than seven years.

Gas prices dip to $1.88 average in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 01, 2016, at 9:35 a.m.
The dip brings the average price to the lowest point in more than seven years and about 20 cents lower than one year ago.
Emera Maine and Central Maine Power Co. have bid for three southern New England states to pay for a transmission line that would deliver windpower from Aroostook County to the regional power grid. The companies said more than half of the line would go through existing rights-of-way and they're working now on acquiring portions of the proposed route from Keene Road to Pittsfield. Emera Maine and Central Maine Power Co.

Emera, CMP join scrum to send renewable power south

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 28, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
Utilities Emera Maine and Central Maine Power Co. on Thursday put forward a joint bid to sell new wind energy from Maine to southern New England states.
The Tinker hydroelectric dam along the Aroostook River, downstream of Fort Fairfield. The transmission line connection at Tinker, which brings energy into Maine, is slated for an upgrade.

Northern Maine electric grid a small market with big potential for Emera

By Anthony Brino on Jan. 27, 2016, at 12:32 p.m.
With less than 70,000 inhabitants but many miles of sunny, windy hills, Aroostook County has a bright future in renewable energy, in the eyes of Emera Maine executives Steve Sloan and Alan Richardson.

US Supreme Court holds FERC’s ‘demand response’ rule

By Greg Stohr, Bloomberg on Jan. 25, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to power generators, upholding a federal rule aimed at encouraging industrial consumers to cut electricity use.
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Solar Open House: Building Community Solar on MDI

By revisionenergy on Jan. 12, 2016, at 9:23 p.m.
Join ReVision Energy to learn about community solar opportunities on Mount Desert Island at a solar open house on Wednesday, January 20th at Bar Harbor Community Farm, located at 115 Gilbert Farm Road in Bar Harbor. Refreshments, conversation and tours of the net-zero energy barn and seedling greenhouse begin at …
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E2Tech Feb. Forum: Solar Energy in Maine- Where the Sun Does Shine!

By Jeff Marks on Jan. 06, 2016, at 1:38 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: Maple Hill Farm, 11 Inn Road, Hallowell, Maine For more information: e2tech.org/event-2120070 Solar Energy in Maine- Where the Sun Does Shine!Story continues below advertisement. Maine receives roughly 20% more annual sunshine than Germany, the world leader in solar energy installations. …
Greg Hamilton, a delivery driver with Dead River Co., struggles through a waist-high snowbank after filling the oil tank at a Brewer home in 2013.

Maine heating oil prices continue to fall

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 29, 2015, at 2:42 p.m.
The cost of keeping the cold at bay has continued to fall.