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Bangor Energy Expo

By Karen Marysdaughter on July 21, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St, Bangor, Maine For more information: (207) 992-4284; bangormaine.gov/energysmartbangor BANGOR — The public can learn about EnergySmart Bangor, a new residential rebate program initiated by the city, and connect with a number of Efficiency Maine …

Rockland citizens group hails new local power plant regulations

By Stephen Betts on July 17, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
A citizens group hailed the approval last week of local laws that will regulate any future energy plants in the city.
Nicholas Cabral and Nicholas Bernier, co-founders of Goose River Hydro in Belfast, on Tuesday received a key Maine Public Utilities Commission certification that will advance their plans to generate electricity from small dams along the Goose River  for as many as 560 customers.

Maine firm aims to bring new life to old dams

By Darren Fishell on July 13, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
PORTLAND | Nicholas Cabral and Nicholas Bernier, co-founders of Goose River Hydro in Belfast, on Tuesday received a key Maine Public Utilities Commission certification that will advance their plans to generate electricity from small dams along the Goose River. Cabral and another Maritime Academy graduate restarted the small, Belfast-based …
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PERC Open House Sure to Impress July 16

By Susan Pate on July 06, 2016, at 6:06 a.m.
Saturday, July 16, 2016 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: PERC Open House, 29 Industrial Way, Orrington, Maine For more information: 207-825-4566; orringtonoldhomeweek.com Since 1988, the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company (PERC) has helped communities from all over Maine dispose of their municipal waste safely, affordably, and with concern for the …
A coal train is heading north through the old Georgia-Pacific site in Bellingham, Washington, March 1, 2011.

Monthly coal use for US power production falls to lowest since 1978

By Reuters on June 27, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
Ten years ago, coal produced 50 percent of the nation’s power supply, while gas accounted for just 19 percent. Now both fuel about a third.
New Siemens AG headquarters are seen in Munich, Germany, June 14, 2016.

Siemens, Gamesa to form world’s largest wind farm business

By Jose Elías Rodríguez, Reuters on June 17, 2016, at 2:06 p.m.
The new group, which will have a market capitalization of around $11 billion, according to analysts, would bring together Siemens’ strength in offshore wind power and Gamesa’s leading position in emerging markets.
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Solar array at Wiswell Farm Greenhouse in Orrington.

The Future of Solar in Maine: A Conversation with Maine Leaders about Solar Policy and the State of Solar Energy

By Karen Marysdaughter on June 13, 2016, at 3:52 p.m.
THE FUTURE OF SOLAR IN MAINE There is growing support for policies in Maine that will take advantage of the many economic development opportunities solar energy can provide. In the Bangor area a number of home and business owners, as well as public institutions, have embraced solar technology with good …
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The Future of Solar in Maine: A Conversation with Maine Leaders about Solar Policy and the State of Solar Energy

By Karen Marysdaughter on June 06, 2016, at 9:58 a.m.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Rangeley Hall, Eastern Maine Community College, 268 Sylvan Rd, Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-262-3706 There will be a forum on “The Future of Solar Energy in Maine,” on Tuesday, June 28, from 6:30 to 8:00pm at Rangeley Hall on …
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Summit Natural Gas of Maine Announces 2016 Recipients of its Community Sponsorship and Giving Program

By Lizzy Reinholt on May 24, 2016, at 2:16 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine – Summit Natural Gas of Maine today announced the 2016 recipients of the company’s Community Sponsorship and Giving Program. Each year the company donates thousands of dollars to local nonprofits and community events that strengthen the local communities that Summit serves. This year the company is donating nearly …
A photo illustration of the Downeast LNG facility as proposed for Robbinston in 2005.

Downeast LNG to put Robbinston project up for sale

By Darren Fishell on May 19, 2016, at 10:24 a.m.
The chairman of the board said the company decided that another industrial firm or infrastructure investor would be better suited to take on the project.
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Two Energy Options: Solar & Efficiency

By Ken Gross on May 15, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Camden, ME For more information: 207-236-3440; librarycamden.org/event/solar-options-may-31-2/ Representatives from Sundog Solar, Evergreen Home Performance, and ReVision Energy will present technical and economic information about improving building efficiency and generating solar power. Hosted by The …
Antonio Hope installs the solar panels in the solar farm in St. Paul, North Carolina. The Sanford City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize City Manager Steve Buck to execute a land lease for 226 acres at Sanford Regional Airport to Ranger Solar LLC for a 50-megawatt solar farm there.

Maine city reaches deal to establish New England’s largest solar farm

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on May 04, 2016, at 1:10 p.m.
The 50-megawatt facility will use 176,000 photovoltaic panels.
The headquarters of SunEdison is shown in Belmont, California, recently.

SunEdison to file for bankruptcy as early as Sunday, source says

By Jessica DiNapoli, Reuters on April 15, 2016, at 5:03 p.m.
The solar energy company said Friday it was in talks for potential debtor-in-possession financing with some of its first- and second-lien lenders.
Dean Bennett, Hampden community and economic development director, is shown in 2013.

Hampden to start reviewing plan for waste-to-energy plant

By Dawn Gagnon on April 12, 2016, at 9:24 p.m.
Members of the Hampden Planning Board will begin their review Wednesday of the site plan and conditional use application submitted by developers of a waste-to-energy plant proposed for the “triangle” area between Ammo Industrial Park, Interstate 95 and Coldbrook Road. The Municipal Review Committee and its Maryland-based …
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“Community Solar Farms: Building the Future” presentation in Belfast

By Belfast Co-op on April 12, 2016, at 4:47 p.m.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast, Maine For more information: (207) 589-4171 Jennifer Albee of ReVision Energy ; revisionenergy.com On Thursday, April 28 at 6:30pm at the Belfast Free Library, join John Luft of ReVision Energy and Christopher Hahn …
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A final load of wood chips is delivered by one northern Maine logging company to Covanta's West Enfield plant in early March.

The True Cost of Losing Maine’s Biomass Industry

By PLC of Maine on April 07, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
Maine’s forest products industry has seen its share of ups and downs over the decades. But the slide that started last summer rapidly became an avalanche that threatens to bury one of the state’s legacy industries, one that provides thousands of jobs and pumps hundreds of millions of dollars into …
Crews from Emera Maine travel to Delaware in January to help restore power to customers affected by a deadly blizzard.

Maine regulators may seek Emera management audit

By Darren Fishell on April 05, 2016, at 5:38 p.m.
Regulatory staff said it found during the latest rate case that the cost to implement the company’s new customer information system was about 50 percent higher than initially projected in 2014, at $30.1 million rather than $17.3 million.
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LePage to join talks on Maine’s energy future

By Bob Mentzinger on April 05, 2016, at 1:26 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: University of Maine, Wells Conference Center, Orono, Maine For more information: (207) 509-7292; unity.edu/news/lepage-join-talks-maine-s-energy-future Governor to address students, educators at nonpartisan Power Dialog sponsored by Unity College, University of Maine, Maine Conservation Alliance ORONO, Maine – Gov. Paul R. LePage …
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The Future of Solar: Workshop with ReVision Energy and Pika Energy

By revisionenergy on April 05, 2016, at 11:32 a.m.
Join representatives from ReVision Energy and Pika Energy for an upcoming solar workshop in Camden on new and changing solar options in Maine. The focus of the workshop will be current and forthcoming solar energy options, including growing options for battery storage. Guests will have the opportunity to learn how …
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Freeman Buzzell (left) gives Bob Hughgill a haircut Wednesday in his downtown Madison shop. Buzzell has been cutting hair in Madison since 1963 and believes the mill closure most likely will have a trickle-down effect on the community. "Pretty much everyone thought that [the mill closing] wasn't going to happen that fast," said Buzzell.

‘Madison’s going to have to reinvent itself,’ LePage tells mill town

By Michael Shepherd on March 30, 2016, at 8:49 p.m.
The mill announced earlier this month that it would shut down by May, laying off 214 workers. It was the fifth major Maine mill closure announced in the last three years.