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Natural gas firms seek state funds for expansion

Houston-based Spectra Energy joined a competing, out-of-state company this week in asking state regulators to consider a new electricity fee for Maine consumers that would support...

Maine oil exports sharply decline

Crude oil shipments through the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line has sharply declined in the past four years, creating concerns about the health of the state’s cleanup...

Old Town workers denied federal funds

U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins have pledged to find alternative federal assistance for about 180 workers at Old Town Fuel and Fiber who were laid off when the pulp mill closed in...

The week in review

The good: Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. has completed a demonstration project testing...

PUC Chairman Tom Welch to retire early

Tom Welch, chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, announced Wednesday that he plans to retire Dec. 31, which is two years before his term was set to expire in 2017.

Maine development organizations to get $1.1M

Two Maine economic development organizations will receive more than $1.1 million in federal funds to help assist local businesses and create new jobs in their regions.

Bristol to vote on UMaine wind project's grid link

Voters in the town of Bristol will consider at an Oct. 1 special town meeting whether to allow the Maine Aqua Ventus I project to connect to the grid in the town if and when the project...

Ocean Renewable Power Co. calls Alaskan pilot project a 'huge success'

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Chris Sauer, president and CEO of Ocean Renewable Power Co., announced on Wednesday the successful completion of the demonstration project testing its RivGen power system in the Kvichak...

Eight rural Maine businesses get energy grants

Eight businesses in rural Maine communities are receiving a total of $190,000 in federal grants and loans for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Spectra gets partner for $3B natural gas expansion

Houston-based Spectra Energy’s proposed $3 billion natural gas expansion for New England  is receiving help from the region’s largest electric utility as part of a...