Bangor Daily News editorial Maine lawmakers again have the chance to fix unnecessary rules that will hamper the development of solar and other alternative, clean energy in Maine and will also needlessly cost Mainers millions of dollars. In 2016, the Legislature passed a bipartisan bill to update the state’s rules around solar power generation. LePage… Continue Reading
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By J. William Somes, Special to the BDN Bangor Daily News op-ed How many times in a month do you turn on the news and find that a climate-related catastrophe has laid waste to another swath of land, claiming dozens of lives and billions of dollars in damages? The horror stories are, unfortunately, nothing new;… Continue Reading
Maine should be looking to the future for forest products, not clinging to the past. The Editorial Board Portland Press Herald editorial Maine lawmakers faced a crisis in 2016: Subsidize the biomass industry or see hundreds of jobs vanish. It wasn’t much of a choice, following the shutdown of paper mills in Madison and Bucksport,… Continue Reading
The Public Utilities Commission decides to reopen terms of the 2013 contract between Aqua Ventus and CMP because of changing energy markets. by Tux Turkel, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald news story Long-running efforts to secure a power contract for the first floating wind farm in the United States suffered a setback Tuesday when the… Continue Reading
Tourism and fishing depend on a clean coastline – so why isn’t our state exempt from the oil exploration planned by the Trump administration? Portland Press Herald editorial The Trump administration Tuesday removed the waters off Florida – and only Florida – from the list of areas newly open to offshore drilling, and in doing… Continue Reading
The opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore oil and gas drilling comes from every senator and representative in coastal New England. by the Associated Press Portland Press Herald news story CONCORD, N.H. — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives from New England has introduced a bill to prohibit oil and… Continue Reading
A new $2.5 million solar array at Brunswick Landing will produce 1.5 megawatts by Chris Chase, Staff Writer Coastal Journal news story WOOLWICH — During the darkest days of the year, both Brunswick Landing and the Town of Woolwich just completed projects to harvest energy from the sun. A $2.5 million solar array project, constructed… Continue Reading
By Mal Leary Maine Public news story Listen to full news story. Maine’s two U.S. senators say they are opposed to President Donald Trump’s proposal that would open federal waters on the East Coast to oil and gas drilling. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the proposal this week that would allow new offshore oil and… Continue Reading
At the heart of the legal fight between South Portland and a pipeline company is the issue of ‘local control,’ and whether a community can block an energy project. By Sabrina Shankman Inside Climate News news story SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine—A federal judge has handed a win to South Portland, Maine over a pipeline company that… Continue Reading