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U.S. Sen. Angus King

Angus King, other New England senators call for investigation into high natural gas prices

By Dave Solomon, The New Hampshire Union Leader on March 27, 2014, at 6:23 a.m.
Six New England senators, including Maine Independent Angus King, have called on federal regulators to investigate this winter’s high natural gas prices to ensure that markets functioned properly and that prices were not increased by speculation or manipulation. In a letter sent Tuesday night to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission …

States still look to exploit ‘heat and eat’ loophole for extra food stamp benefits

By Reid Wilson, The Washington Post on March 26, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Governors in several states are using a loophole in the farm bill to restore food aid for thousands of low-income families, potentially wiping out billions of dollars in savings Congress agreed to last month. The action has led to a spat between the mostly Democratic governors and Republicans …
Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, delivers a fiery speech Wednesday from the house floor, which ranged from a paper mill to the history of WWII, urging his colleagues to sustain the governor's budget veto.

Heat-pump amendment helps Maine solar energy rebate bill win broad support in House

By Scott Thistle on March 26, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that seeks to expand the use of photovoltaic solar panels in Maine and is funded with a fee in electric ratepayers passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday with what appears to be broad bipartisan support. LD 1252 creates a $1 million fund for …
Canadian National Railway Co. cars are shown at the CN MacMillan Yard in Toronto in 2007.

CN Rail to phase out controversial tank cars after Lac-Megantic disaster

By Susan Taylor, Reuters on March 25, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
TORONTO — Canadian National Railway Co. will phase out its fleet of 183 older tank rail cars used to transport diesel fuel over the next four years as it works to improve safety after a string of industry accidents involving the puncture-prone cars. The company, Canada’s largest rail operator, said …

South Portland likely to extend tar sands moratorium

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on March 20, 2014, at 6:53 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The moratorium on loading and unloading so-called “tar sands” oil will likely be extended until Nov. 1. The City Council on Monday approved a first reading of a proposal to extend the moratorium, which is scheduled to expire May 5. The vote was 6-1, with Councilor …

Scientists say destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012, could have cost trillions in damage

By Laila Kearney, Reuters on March 20, 2014, at 6:06 a.m.
Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth’s magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington event, the largest solar magnetic storm ever …

Belfast council votes to ask state retirement system to divest from fossil fuels

By Abigail Curtis on March 19, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — After long deliberation at Tuesday night’s regular meeting, Belfast city councilors have decided to ask the Maine Public Employees Retirement System to divest from its fossil fuel-related investments. One strong supporter of the measure, David Smith of Belfast, said he believes Belfast to be the state’s first …
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MAINE CIRCUIT BREAKER PROGRAM;Help is Here

By Marianne Pinkham on March 19, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.
MAINE CIRCUIT BREAKER PROGRAM: Help is Here The Maine Residents Property Tax and Rent Refund “Circuitbreaker” has has been replaced by a refundable Property Tax Fairness Credit that can be claimed on the Maine Individual Income Tax Form. The filing deadline is May 31, 2014. By appointment Spectrum Generations ADRC …
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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage blasts Dems’ solar plan, seeks to expand rebates for heating conversions by increasing state timber harvest

By Scott Thistle on March 18, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – Gov. Paul LePage launched a fusillade of criticism against the state Legislature’s Democratic majority for supporting bills that promote solar energy during one of the coldest winters in recent history. Rolling out a new proposal on energy, LePage said Tuesday the focus of “liberal” lawmakers on solar …
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Northern Maine Community College to host APP Alternative Energy Fair April 5

By Jon Gulliver on March 17, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
Saturday, April 5, 2014 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Northern Maine Community College Gymnasium, 33 Edgemont Drive, Presque Isle, Maine For more information: 207-498-8736; appme.org PRESQUE ISLE — Northern Maine Community College will host the third Aroostook Partnership for Progress (APP) Alternative Energy and Biomass Fair April 5. The …
Oil conduit leads away from the Portland Pipe Line Corp.'s terminal facility on the South Portland waterfront last year.

Owner disputes report that Maine oil pipeline has exceeded life span

By Seth Koenig on March 13, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Environmentalists are pointing to a New Hampshire court document as evidence the Portland-Montreal pipeline has exceeded its life span and can’t be trusted to safely transport so-called tar sands oil. Portland Pipe Line Corp. officials counter that groups such as Environment Maine, the Natural Resources Council …

Oakfield receives $600,000 community benefit payment from First Wind

By Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times on March 13, 2014, at 2:31 p.m.
OAKFIELD, Maine — The town of Oakfield is now beginning to reap the economic benefit of wind power, even though not a single windmill has been completed. First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, announced March 4 that it had made the first payment to the town in the …

Downeast LNG adversary asks feds to dismiss Robbinston terminal permit request

By Tim Cox on March 13, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
An organization opposed to the proposed Downeast LNG terminal in Robbinston filed a motion with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week seeking dismissal of the company’s request for federal permitting. Among other things, the Eastport-based Save Passamaquoddy Bay argues that ships loaded with liquefied natural gas that would use …
Bowdoin College is seeking to generate solar electricity with solar panels on roofs of the Farley Field House (foreground) and the Watson Arena (right).

Bowdoin College, other major Maine customers that produce their own energy balk at new Central Maine Power fee

By Beth Brogan on March 13, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Opponents of a new fee proposed by Central Maine Power to charge customers who generate their own alternative energy say the fee would make those efforts unsustainable. But CMP says the fee is necessary to ensure all customers — residential, business and other entities — pay their …

Oil tanker strikes Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth

By Casey Conley, Foster's Daily Democrat on March 08, 2014, at 6:14 a.m.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A 600-foot oil tanker struck the Memorial Bridge early Friday morning, damaging a fender system installed to protect the span. N.H. Department of Transportation said preliminary inspections uncovered no structural damage to the bridge, which remained open to vehicle traffic. Lift operations on the bridge also were …

Carbon permit sales in Northeast bring in $94 million

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters on March 07, 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The price for power plants to emit 1 ton of carbon dioxide in nine northeastern states cleared at a record $4 per short ton at the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative’s 23rd permit auction, the market’s administrator said Friday. The electronic auction, held on Wednesday, raised a total of …
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Great Northern Paper Co. LLC in East Millinocket in January.

East Millinocket paper mill’s future at center of hearing on electricity bill Wednesday

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 05, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — As a state legislative committee prepared to meet Wednesday to discuss a bill allowing Great Northern Paper Co. LLC to sell electricity at its Main Street paper mill, the company’s owners and workers reiterated that the bill’s passage is critical to the mill’s restarting by May …

More than 2,000 in Orono area without power

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 04, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — More than 2,000 Emera Maine customers were without electricity in the Orono area Tuesday, officials said. The outages affected customers in Orono, Stillwater, Old Town and Milford, Emera Maine Spokeswoman Susan Faloon said. The cause of the outages had not been determined Tuesday. Power was restored Tuesday …
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CMP project to affect traffic on Maine Turnpike/Interstate 95

Bangor Daily News on March 03, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Construction crews will install new transmission lines across the Maine Turnpike/Interstate 95 in Farmingdale, near mile 105, from Monday, March 3, through Thursday, March 6 for Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA. This project, part of the utility’s Maine Power Reliability Program, will affect traffic …

Central Maine Power project to slow turnpike traffic

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 03, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Central Maine Power project will slow Maine Turnpike traffic over the course of this week. Crews will be installing new transmission lines across the turnpike near mile marker 105 Monday through Thursday. Traffic will be affected in both directions. The work will require traffic disruptions in …
 
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