Articles by Darren Fishell

 

Pepper farmer eyes building biomass-fueled greenhouse in Maine

By Darren Fishell on March 24, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.
The development is part of Stored Solar’s broader plan for “biomass energy parks” that would bring in customers for other biomass byproducts.
WIDGETS AND DIGITS

How Maine fuel assistance funds have changed since 2013

on March 23, 2017, at 3:53 p.m.
Mark Charette of Fort Kent, delivers home heating oil to a Fort Kent resident, Thursday, Dec. 1, during the season's first big snow event.

Bangor would be hardest-hit by Trump cuts to heating aid

By Darren Fishell on March 23, 2017, at 3:02 p.m.
Bangor, Lewiston and Skowhegan would get hit hardest by cuts to federal heating assistance in President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget.

By Darren Fishell on March 23, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
WIDGETS AND DIGITS

All but 2 Maine counties had more deaths than births in 2016

on March 23, 2017, at 9:33 a.m.
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

By Darren Fishell on March 22, 2017, at 7:35 p.m.
Regulators have asked a company receiving state subsidies to explain why loggers supplying the plants report not being paid in more than a month.

Hackers attack website used to look for jobs in Maine

By Darren Fishell on March 22, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
The Kansas-based contractor that runs Maine’s JobLink website reported a hacker viewed names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of job seekers.
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

By Darren Fishell on March 21, 2017, at 2:21 p.m.
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

By Darren Fishell on March 21, 2017, at 12:37 p.m.
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 to start collecting Maine sales tax in April

By Darren Fishell on March 21, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage during a press conference at the State House.

LePage seeks to change rules on biomass bailout bill he signed

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 7:22 p.m.
LePage has asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to change the rules for two biomass companies getting $13.4 million in taxpayer subsidies over two years.

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

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 5:48 p.m.
The change will add 5.5 percent to the price of items sold through Amazon, and the decision follows similar moves in other states.
Craft breweries are on the rise in all but one county in Maine.

When it comes to craft breweries in the U.S., Maine reigns supreme

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 12:35 p.m.
For Maine, the rate of new breweries coming online beat the national average for five of the six years between 2010 and 2015.
POLL QUESTION
A new app launched by Forager 1 LLC, a group led by former CashStar CEO David Stone, aims to streamline transactions between local farmers and stores such as the Portland Co-op.

It just got easier for Mainers to get food from local farmers

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 6:24 a.m.
The company aims to improve transactions between small farmers and grocery stores or cooperatives, mostly by taking manual paperwork out of the equation.
Burnt Coat Harbor can be seen on Swan's Island.

One of the country’s smallest electric co-ops dissolves on Maine island

By Darren Fishell on March 16, 2017, at 11:05 a.m.
Residents of Swan’s Island and Frenchboro will soon pay about $20 less each month for electricity as they dissolve one of the smallest electric cooperatives in the country.

By Darren Fishell on March 16, 2017, at 9:41 a.m.

Here’s this morning’s snowfall totals

By Darren Fishell on March 15, 2017, at 10:50 a.m.

By Darren Fishell on March 15, 2017, at 9:46 a.m.

A look at the latest snowfall totals

By Darren Fishell on March 15, 2017, at 8:34 a.m.
A snowblower hangs out the back of a car driving along Route 154 in Ripley as snow began to fall Tuesday afternoon.

Map: Winter storm dumps 2 feet of snow in parts of Maine

By Darren Fishell on March 14, 2017, at 1:55 p.m.
Bridgton, in northwestern Cumberland County, topped the morning tally with 21.5 inches of snow as of 10 p.m.