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More communities opt out of fast-track wind development

An increasing number of Maine communities are seeking to opt out of the fast-tracked commercial wind development areas that were allowed by Maine’s Wind Energy Act of 2008.

Stored Solar planning greenhouses next to biomass plant

Stored Solar, which acquired Covanta Energy's two closed biomass power plants in Maine last fall, is looking into establishing greenhouses next to the West Enfield plant to grow peppers and providing...

Governor's Energy Office: Maine still most dependent state on heating oil


Despite 10 years of concerted efforts to tighten Maine homes and shift to other forms of heating, Maine still remains the state most dependent on heating oil, the Governor's Energy Office reported.

Thousands remain without power due to blizzard


Almost 35,000 Maine residents were without power at mid-morning today due to the high winds and heavy snowfalls that arrived with Winter Storm Stella on Tuesday.

Island Institute publishes 'deep dive' into coastal, island economies


The Island Institute has published its first deep-dive comparison of the economic, community and environmental indicators for Maine's coastal and island communities with the rest of the state and...

Searsmont lumber firm to become an energy producer

The loss of pulp markets for woodchips produced at its 136-year-old sawmill in Searsmont is prompting Robbins Lumber to invest in a biomass plant that can convert that waste wood into energy.

Seven Maine businesses land renewable energy grants

Seven Maine businesses will receive $77,500 in USDA funds to purchase and install renewable energy systems.

Solar power advocates aren't happy with PUC's final rule


Solar power advocates wasted no time in voicing strong disapproval of the Maine Public Utilities Commission final order on Wednesday adopting new policies that gradually reduced the credits solar...

Find out how Maine ranks in U.S. News & World Report's 'Best States' rankings

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U.S. News & World Report, using data provided by McKinsey & Co.'s Leading States Index, ranks Maine 18th overall in its first-ever “deep dive” ranking of the 50 states based on more than...

CMP ratepayers get a break with expiration of long-term power contracts


The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved an agreement on Wednesday that marks the expiration of two large power purchase contracts and reduces stranded costs for Central Maine Power customers.