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An attorney for the Maine Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday asked representatives of Stored Solar, which operates a biomass energy generator in West Enfield, to respond to allegations that it has not been paying loggers for wood products used to generate energy.

Biomass firm asked to explain financial status after loggers say they were not paid

Regulators have asked a company receiving state subsidies to explain why loggers supplying the plants report not being paid in more than a month.
An oil tanker in Casco Bay.

Bill to protect against Maine oil spills likely dead

A bill that would require ships transferring fuel in Maine waters to use protective devices meant to block the spread of oil in the case of a spill is likely dead.
A fisherman opens scallops in Southwest Harbor earlier this month. Heavy fishing activity in the northern Gulf of Maine federal scallop management area has resulted in regulators shutting the area down on Thursday, two months earlier than it was closed last year.

Regulators close federal scallop fishing grounds in Gulf of Maine

The area is being closed because vessels in that area have reached their cumulative annual limit of 70,000 pounds of scallops.
A representative of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine said some members of his group report that they have not been paid for wood products since early February by Stored Solar, which operates a biomass generator in West Enfield.

Loggers: State-subsidized biomass firm stopped paying in February

A Sears logo is seen inside a department store in Garden City, New York, U.S. on May 23, 2016.

Sears stock plummets after citing ‘substantial doubt’ about its future

This archived aerial photo shows the Northern Maine Regional Airport and vicinity in Presque Isle. The airport received a $250,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission in 2016 to  help construct a five unit, heated airport hangar for medical evacuation aircraft and business clients.

Agency that brought $5 million to rural Maine on Trump’s chopping block

Since 2010, The Northern Border Regional Commission has funded 26 projects in Maine with a total of $5.4 million in grants
Ocean Renewable Power Co.'s tidal power generator, pictured here in August 2013, has been out of the water since April of that year because of problems with the generation component built by a Massachusetts company. In a regulatory filing in Maine, the company says it could have the generator back online later this year.

Bad waterproofing kept pioneering Maine tidal project off the grid

The company expects to get its new generator online by mid-2019. That’s a longer period offline than its contract with Emera Maine allows. The current agreement otherwise would expire April 21.

Amazon will start charging sales tax for Maine shoppers, state officials say

The change will add 5.5 percent to the price of items sold through Amazon, and the decision follows similar moves in other states.

Lawmakers, businesses say visa restrictions will harm Maine tourism industry

A cap will soon kick in on the number of short-term work visas, which includes landscaping, seafood processing and other hospitality services.

After 109 months, Maine’s finally recovered jobs lost to the recession

The estimate of Maine payroll jobs in January topped 620,000 for the first time since before the Great Recession.

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