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Solar power project to cut electric bill at Camden high school

By Stephen Betts on June 18, 2015, at 3:26 p.m.
ROCKPORT | The Five-Town Community School District Board approved Wednesday night a solar power project for the high school that will continue to reduce the electrical costs for the complex. Facilities Director Keith Rose said the goal of students is for Camden Hills Regional High School to become self …
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SunEdison hosts annual ATV Ride-In at Rollins Project

By Alexa Coulombe on June 17, 2015, at 11:12 a.m.
Saturday, June 27, 2015 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Location: Penobscot Off Road Riders Club, Osgood Lane, Lincoln , Maine For more information: 617-275-6520 LINCOLN | SunEdison and the Penobscot Off Road Riders will co-host the annual ATV Ride-In, at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Rollins Wind …
Actor Mark Ruffalo's The Solutions Project produced this infographic showing how the organization believed Maine could become reliant on renewable energy sources by 2050.

How Maine could transition to 100-percent renewable energy, according to The Hulk

By Seth Koenig on June 12, 2015, at 2:19 p.m.
Mark Ruffalo knows a thing or two about going green. The actor is perhaps most famous for playing Bruce Banner in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers” super hero movies, in which he turns into the giant, green muscle-bound Hulk whenever he gets angry. Now he’s throwing his weight behind another green initiative. Ruffalo …
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Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Central Maine Power Receive National Recognition

By Jordan Rowe on June 12, 2015, at 9:46 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – The Gulf of Maine Research Institute received national recognition for its newest education program yesterday at the 2015 Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium in Chicago. Presented to Central Maine Power Company (CMP) and GMRI jointly, the 2015 Smart Grid Customer Education award recognizes the organizations’ exemplary work …
 Jeremy Lindberg of Maine Beer Company in Freeport stands in front of a brand new solar array at the brewery Wednesday. The company's roof is also covered with the power-generating panels.

Light beer: Freeport brewery crafts plan to become solar-powered

By Darren Fishell on June 12, 2015, at 6:51 a.m.
Maine Beer Co. plans to get about half its power from the sun this year from an installation on the leading edge of Freeport’s plan to encourage more solar power. Outside the craft brewery, two large mounted panels track the sun throughout the day. Last week, installers …
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UMM to Host Energy Conversion Forum

By Sharon Mack, Director of Public Relations on June 10, 2015, at 3:22 p.m.
The University of Maine at Machias would like to welcome the public to attend an informational meeting on the upcoming thermal energy conversion project taking place on campus this summer. This meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, in the Science Building, Room 102. The project will take …
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World Congress and Exhibition on Wind Energy

By stan lee on June 02, 2015, at 8:18 a.m.
Thursday, June 16, 2016 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Saturday, June 18, 2016 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Berlin, Germany, BERLIN, Berlin, germany For more information: 2360 Corporate Circle Suite 400, Henderson NV 89074-7722, USA; windenergy.omicsgroup.com/ OMICS International Conferences deliver new ideas, convictions, strategies, and tactics that directly affect how …

When a PUC chairman and governor meet, does it mean they are conspiring?

By Darren Fishell on May 31, 2015, at 6:05 a.m.
Democrats on the Legislature’s energy committee have stepped up pressure on regulators, probing a notion that the Maine Public Utilities Commission’s recent decisions too closely align with the preferences of Gov. Paul LePage. Democratic Sen. Dawn Hill’s Maine Freedom of Access Act request Friday for calendars from the PUC starts …
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World Congress and Exhibition on Wind Energy

By stan lee on May 27, 2015, at 8:58 a.m.
Thursday, June 16, 2016 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Berlin, Germany, Berlin, Germany, Berlin, Germany For more information: +1-888-843-8169; windenergy.omicsgroup.com/ OMICS International cordially invites all the participants from all over the globe to attend the “World Congress and Exhibition on Wind Energy” at Berlin, Germany during June 16 – …
Evan Coleman of Energy Management Inc. answered questions for more than two hours Tuesday night in Rockland about a proposed natural gas fired power plant.

Rockland residents raise environmental concerns at natural gas forum

By Stephen Betts on May 26, 2015, at 9:07 p.m.
An application for a natural-gas fired power plant will not be filed until late fall or early summer but not until a series of public informational meetings are held, according to City Councilor Larry Pritchett. Pritchett moderated a meeting Tuesday night at City Hall during which Energy …
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Senator King, Naomi Beal; Chair of the Building Committee at The Friends School of Portland and Director of passivhausMAINE; and David Merrill, Project Manager at Warren Construction Group discuss the buildings insulation.

Unique partnership between young and old results in Maine’s first “net-zero” school

By Broadreach Public Relations on May 26, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jenny Rowe, 207-712-4283 Unique partnership between young and old results in Maine’s first “net-zero” school Sen. Angus King (I-ME) visits The Friends School of Portland’s new facility in Cumberland – Maine’s first school to achieve the highest international energy efficiency rating. Cumberland, ME (May 26, 2015)—A …
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Rockland to hold Tuesday hearing on natural gas plant

By Stephen Betts on May 25, 2015, at 9:18 a.m.
The city will hold a public forum Tuesday evening with the developers of a proposed natural gas plant. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Councilor Larry Pritchett, chair of the Rockland Energy Committee, will moderate the session. Rockland Energy Center wants to build …

Washington state judge denies Shell appeal on rail project review

By Kristen Hays, Reuters on May 21, 2015, at 7:01 p.m.
HOUSTON — A judge on Thursday denied Royal Dutch Shell’s appeal of a ruling that a proposed oil-by-rail project at its Washington state refinery must undergo a full environmental review, just two weeks after a crude train derailment caused a fire in North Dakota. Shell had appealed a February ruling …
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Energy Storage: Saving for a (Renewable) Rainy Day

By Jeff Marks on May 20, 2015, at 1:42 p.m.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 7:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Location: Talbot Lecture Hall, Luther Bonney, USM, 85 Bedford Street, Portland, Portland, Maine For more information: e2tech.org/event-1929867 The case for increased renewable generation may rest on growth in the distributed and grid-scale energy storage markets and solutions to the intermittency of …
Sen. Angus King speaks during a Town Hall meeting on May 16, 2014, at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan.

Angus King proposes bill to shake up electricity pricing

By Darren Fishell on May 08, 2015, at 2:52 p.m.
PORTLAND | There’s a smartphone app that tells you how much power generators are charging in New England, minute-by-minute. It’s a level of detail that doesn’t exist on a power bill. But independent Sen. Angus King of Maine said he sees dynamic pricing as an inevitable result of changes …
Estela Fox Islands Wind turbines photographed April 7, 2012, w/ Fox Islands Thoroughfare in the backdrop and the Village of North Haven in the upper left-hand corner.

State high court overturns ruling, clears DEP in island wind case

By Stephen Betts on May 08, 2015, at 6:44 a.m.
VINALHAVEN | The state high court overturned a lower court ruling Thursday that had chastised the Department of Environmental Protection’s commissioner for loosening noise requirements for the island’s wind turbines. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled that DEP’s decision to enter into an agreement with Fox Islands Wind rather …

Rockland preps for negotiations on $200 million natural gas project

By Stephen Betts on May 06, 2015, at 11:31 a.m.
The city is awaiting a letter from the company that wants to build a $200 million natural gas plant before the next steps on negotiations start. City Manager James Chaousis met Tuesday with representatives of Rockland Energy Center, the subsidiary of Boston-based Energy Management Inc., which has …
An aerial view of First Wind's 60 megawatt, 200 wind turbine Rollins Wind project, 8 miles east of Lincoln, as seen March 18, 2012.

Maine wind energy advocates unveil study touting industry’s benefits

By Scott Thistle on May 05, 2015, at 2:49 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Proponents of Maine’s wind-power industry Tuesday touted a new study that reportedly shows positive impacts on health and the environment from the industry’s growth in the Pine Tree State. “This study confirms what we have long known, but have never seen quantified in this level of detail,” …
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Branching Out: The Future of the Forestry Industry + Biobased Maine

By Jeff Marks on May 05, 2015, at 2:07 p.m.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 7:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: Holiday Inn By The Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, Maine For more information: e2tech.org Please join us for this special two-panel event: Branching Out: The Future of the Forestry Industry Biobased Maine: Advancing Biobased Manufacturing for a Sustainable Maine Economy …
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Central Maine Power line worker Matt Beeler reconnects the service cable to a home in Bucksport.

Nominee for PUC disagrees with LePage on some issues

By Darren Fishell on May 05, 2015, at 5:28 a.m.
PORTLAND | One of the biggest and broadest challenges ahead in the electricity world is how to pay for the grid upgrades expected to cost about $1.5 trillion nationally between 2010 and 2030, an estimate developed by consultants at The Brattle Group. Bruce Williamson, the economist Maine Public Utilities …
 
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