Canadian legislator slams proposed Downeast LNG terminal

By Tim Cox on May 29, 2014, at 1:10 p.m.
ROBBINSTON, Maine — A Canadian legislator took aim this week at the proposed Downeast LNG terminal in Robbinston, contending that tankers making deliveries to the terminal would have to pass through Canadian waters against the wishes of that country’s government. However, the president of Downeast LNG disagrees that the company …
U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud is flanked by Zach Rand of Becky's Diner (left) and Mayor Michael Brennan at a solar energy press conference in Portland on Tuesday. Michaud vowed to be an advocate of solar power if elected in the fall.

Report putting Portland behind other cities in solar adoption renews policy push

By Darren Fishell on May 27, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Solar energy advocates said Tuesday that a report showing Portland behind most cities in harvesting power from the sun warrants renewed state support for solar power installations. A study released by the Frontier Group, a think tank focused on environmental issues like climate change, ranked Portland 44th …

Stakeholders speak in favor of solar power at press conference in Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on May 27, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
Environment Maine holds a press conference in response to Governor Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to re-establish Maine’s solar rebate program.
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Yarmouth Makes Energy Efficiency and Conservation Top Priorities

By Alison Truesdale on May 24, 2014, at 10:34 a.m.
Yarmouth – The Town of Yarmouth is making a major effort to promote energy efficiency in its town buildings. It is part of Yarmouth’s long term commitment to energy conservation. In 2013 the Town Council approved a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to have ReVision Energy install solar panels on the …

Controversy in Clifton over separate dates for votes on wind farm setbacks and land use rule changes

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 23, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
CLIFTON, Maine — The wording of a local referendum to increase wind farm setbacks to 4,000 feet — or three-quarters of a mile — from property lines that will go before voters on June 10 is fueling another controversy in town. The original plan was to have locals cast ballots …
Turbines on Heifer Hill that are part of the Bull Hill Wind Project put up by First Wind in Township 16.

First Wind tries again to gain Maine regulators’ approval for wind farm partnership with Emera

By Darren Fishell on May 19, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
HALLOWELL, Maine — Boston-based First Wind is pushing Maine utilities regulators to approve for a second time its multimillion-dollar partnership with Nova Scotia-based power company Emera, in a case that was sent back to the Maine Public Utilities Commission by a court order. Opponents of the joint venture have argued …

Two West Virginia coal miners killed when mine with ‘pattern of violations’ collapses

By Annie Moore, Reuters on May 14, 2014, at 7:21 a.m.
BECKLEY, W.Va. — The West Virginia coal mine where a collapse this week killed two workers had “chronic compliance issues” and received numerous citations from inspectors last year, federal authorities said on Tuesday. The Patriot Coal Corp’s Brody Mine No. 1 collapsed about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, trapping two miners, …
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Solar on MDI: A Workshop with ReVision Energy

By revisionenergy on May 09, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Sweet Pea Farms , 854 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor, ME For more information: 2075894171; BAR HARBOR – Representatives from ReVision Energy, Maine’s leading solar energy installer, and College of the Atlantic welcome the public to a solar workshop …
 A wind turbine test site has been proposed off of the coast of Monhegan.

Monhegan’s power struggle: Turbines versus tourism on Maine’s iconic island

By Aislinn Sarnacki on May 09, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
MONHEGAN ISLAND, Maine — When Winnie and John Murdock, longtime residents of Monhegan Island, heard the University of Maine did not receive a large grant for its offshore wind power project near their home, they “did a little happy dance.” “Monhegan to this day never ceases to amaze me, that …

Wind turbine test site planned off Monhegan Island

By Linda Coan O'Kresik on May 09, 2014, at 12:54 p.m.
A wind turbine test site has been proposed off the coast of Monhegan, a 700-acre island that is home to about 69 year-round residents and 250 summer residents.
Tankers remain on a rail off Route 2 in Hermon last year.

Maine officials have mixed reaction to notification of crude-oil rail shipments

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 08, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Dan Summers knows that freight trains carrying ammonia, sodium hydroxide and other hazardous chemicals that could be part of a major disaster come through Lincoln most every day. That’s why the public safety director, who helped organize a disaster drill featuring a train accident scenario last weekend, …

Feds order companies to notify states of oil-by-rail cargoes, recommend older tank cars be retired

By Patrick Rucker, Reuters on May 08, 2014, at 6:15 a.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. companies moving crude oil by rail must tell state officials when a cargo is moving across their regions, the Transportation secretary said Wednesday, the latest response to a string of fiery and sometimes deadly derailments. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, at a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, …

Maine public advocate withdraws opposition to wind energy deal

By Naomi Schalit, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on May 05, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The state public advocate’s office, which represents the interests of utility customers in Maine, has withdrawn its opposition to a multimillion-dollar transaction to build wind turbines across Maine and the Northeast. Public Advocate Timothy Schneider said the move was made after his office reviewed its previous position …
Maine Department of Environmental Protection officials listen to residents discuss the proposed Bowers Mountain wind project during a public hearing at Lee Academy in April 2013.

State agency recommends board deny Bowers Mountain wind project

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 29, 2014, at 5:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — State environmental officials have recommended that the Board of Environmental Protection reaffirm the denial of a proposed $100 million, 16-turbine wind-to-energy site in eastern Penobscot County, officials said Tuesday. Maine Department of Environmental Protection staff members Jessica M. Damon and Mark Bergeron advised the appeal board in …
A fracking operation takes place on leased farm land in Dimock, Pennsylvania, where dairy farms used to dominate, on January 31, 2012.

US natural gas stockpile low; price could spike next winter

By Scott DiSavino, Reuters on April 28, 2014, at 8:21 a.m.
NEW YORK — The United States faces a natural gas supply shortfall this year despite the country’s fracking boom, threatening more price spikes as energy companies struggle to replenish stockpiles drained to critically low levels after a brutal winter. As the coldest winter in 30 years thaws across North America, …
Maura McDonald, a nurse practioner and South Portland resident, speaks on Thurs., June 6, 2013, at a rally organized by the Concerned Citizens of South Portland against the prospect of pumping oil sand crude, also known as tar sands, from Montreal to South Portland harbor.

South Portland adds 6 months to tar sands moratorium

By Shelby Carignan, The Forecaster on April 24, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The South Portland City Council on Wednesday extended a moratorium on tar sands and approved a transfer of $15,000 additional funds to the city property tax assistance program. Councilors also authorized a $10,000 business loan for a start-up consignment shop in the Mill Creek-Knightville neighborhood, and …
A color-coded map of Falmouth shows where Summit Natural Gas plans to install gas distribution lines over the next four years.

Towns just north of Portland prep for $42 million natural gas ‘backbone’ project

By Ben McCanna on April 23, 2014, at 2:33 p.m.
FALMOUTH, Maine — The first phase of a $42 million natural gas distribution project is imminent, but it’s still unknown when residents will be able to begin using the fuel in their homes. That was the takeaway from an informational meeting held Thursday, April 17, at Town Hall by Summit …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud speaks at an Earth Day press conference on Yarmouth waterfront on Tuesday. He blasted Gov. LePage's stance on renewable energy.

On Earth Day, Michaud takes digs at LePage’s environmental, energy record

By Mario Moretto on April 22, 2014, at 6:33 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud on Tuesday took several shots at Republican Gov. Paul LePage regarding the incumbent’s record on energy and environmental issues. Speaking during an Earth Day event organized by the Sierra Club of Maine at the Yarmouth Town Landing, Michaud said LePage has stood …
Eric Wilkinson (from left), external affairs representative for ISO-New England; Steve Hinchman, general counsel and senior vice president with GridSolar; Dan Kelley, vice president of Woodard and Curran'’s energy and power engineering group; and John Carroll, spokesman for CMP parent company Iberdrola USA discuss the future of electricity delivery in Maine during an E2Tech program Thursday at the Wishcamper Center at the University of Southern Maine.

CMP and solar energy advocates clash over what’s the smartest grid for Maine

By Darren Fishell on April 18, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Central Maine Power Co. says it needs to change a rate structure that no longer reflects its costs for delivering electricity. But some of the utility’s largest customers have countered that the proposed rate structure change would penalize them for generating their own power, using solar panels …
Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Forest Products Industry adviser Rosaire Pelletier (far left) and DECD Commissioner George Gervais listen to Cate Street Capital officials during a Finance Authority of Maine meeting on April 17.

FAME reduces bond for Millinocket pellet mill project to $16 million

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 17, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Finance Authority of Maine’s board of directors voted 8-5 on Thursday to approve a $16 million bond to build a $140 million wood pellet plant in Millinocket. The board’s action marked a $9 million reduction in the state-backed bond board members approved for a similar project …
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