Articles by Darren Fishell


Worried about beach poopers? These places dump their treated waste in the water

on Aug. 09, 2017, at 6 a.m.
843 Maine municipalities, residences and businesses still treat and then dump their wastewater into public waterways and the ocean.
Carlisle McLean, pictured at the State House after her confirmation to the Maine Public Utilities Commission in January 2015.

Former LePage lawyer who quit as utilities regulator in June lands job at CMP parent company

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 08, 2017, at 12:20 p.m.
Former Maine Public Utilities Commissioner Carlisle McLean in July began a senior legal job at Avangrid, the publicly traded parent company of Central Maine Power Co.
Lumber is processed in Madison, March 30, 2016.

New Jersey investors buy hydropower dams at defunct Maine paper mill

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 08, 2017, at 9:46 a.m.
New Jersey-based Eagle Creek Renewable Energy has purchased the hydroelectric facilities that until May 2016 powered Madison Paper Industries.
FairPoint Communications plans to close its regulated landline service to new customers in five more communities.

FairPoint asks out of landline service in five more Maine communities

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 07, 2017, at 3:41 p.m.
FairPoint last month asked regulators to stop requiring the company to provide price-controlled landline service in Bath, Yarmouth, Old Orchard Beach, Westbrook and Freeport.
A truck delivers wood chips to the Covanta Energy's West Enfield facility, Jan. 7, 2016.

Jonesboro biomass plant fires up for the first time in months, then shuts off

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 07, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
A biomass plant in Jonesboro could collect up to $81,000 in taxpayer subsidies for July, coming back online July 5 after an outage that started at 5 p.m. on March 23.

Seaside property next to Maine’s ‘lost colony’ hits market for $1.25 million

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 04, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.
A pair of sneakers hang from a power line on Boynton Street in Portland.

Maine projects aim to cash in on Bay State hunger for clean energy

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 03, 2017, at 3:23 p.m.
Eleven of the proposals include new wind turbines — often combined with battery storage — and two include new solar farms.
Gov. Paul LePage

Solar bill falls to LePage veto, leaving policy in regulators’ hands

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 02, 2017, at 7:03 p.m.

The solar bill had two-thirds on its enactment votes, but will it hold?

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 02, 2017, at 12:53 p.m.

For CMP, solar bill isn’t just a policy concern. It’s about who’s in charge.

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 02, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
This solar shed is the result of collaboration between the Unity-based Backyard Buildings LLC. and the Pittsfield-based Insource Renewables.

Why small solar threatens the companies that deliver electricity in Maine

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 01, 2017, at 2:53 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

The two choices Maine lawmakers face on solar power

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 01, 2017, at 2:52 p.m.

Poland Spring’s plan to take water from Lincoln wins regulators’ OK

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 01, 2017, at 1:04 p.m.
The company and water district said that quantity of water roughly equals what the shuttered Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill drew annually from the Lincoln Water District’s Well No. 4.
Curtis Emerson prepares to pump 40 gallons of oil into the house of a family on heat assistance in Ellsworth on February 1, 2011.

Maine officials oppose Trump cuts to heating assistance

By Darren Fishell on July 31, 2017, at 1:59 p.m.
Maine’s plan targets populations most susceptible to hypothermia, primarily elderly residents and young children.
The Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC mill as seen on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

Bankrupt Lincoln mill claims Woodland Pulp, other Maine firms owe it $1.1 million

By Darren Fishell on July 28, 2017, at 12:58 p.m.
The bankrupt Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill plans to file $1.1 million in claims against Maine-based suppliers and others that it paid before filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Central Maine Power Co.'s New England Clean Energy Connect project would link hydropower from Quebec to the New England grid, vying for a contract with Massachusetts utilities.

CMP unveils plan that could quench LePage’s thirst for Quebec hydropower

By Darren Fishell on July 27, 2017, at 8:01 a.m.
The proposed 145-mile transmission line would run from Beattie Township through The Forks and down to a new converter station in Lewiston.

Bushmaster founder’s last firearm company files for bankruptcy in Maine

By Darren Fishell on July 25, 2017, at 4 p.m.
The Bangor-based firearm maker started by Bushmaster Firearms founder Mack Gwinn Jr. has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
A cellphone

Mainer sues another debt collector for calling his cellphone

By Darren Fishell on July 25, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.
A Cumberland County man has sued a Chicago debt collector, saying he did not grant them permission to call his cellphone number.

Solar farm covering 57 acres in Pittsfield wins regulators’ OK

By Darren Fishell on July 25, 2017, at 1:54 p.m.
The project will have a maximum generation capacity of 9.9 megawatts.

Electricity Maine insurer doesn’t want to pay to fight customers’ class-action suit

By Darren Fishell on July 24, 2017, at 4:23 p.m.
The insurer for electricity seller Electricity Maine says it doesn’t have to pay for the company to defend a class-action lawsuit, and it wants a judge to agree.