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Developers back out of Aroostook wind deal

Lacking buyers for its proposed renewable wind energy, EDP Renewables told state regulators it was withdrawing its application for its major project near Bridgewater.

Emera Maine seeks to acquire Swans Island Electric Cooperative

If Emera Maine acquires the Swans Island Electric Cooperative, islanders there and on neighboring Frenchboro could enjoy sharply lower electricity rates.

PUC sets standard electricity rates, for most customers it's good news


The standard offer price of electricity for small commercial customers in Emera Maine’s Bangor Hydro district will go down slightly in 2017, while small commercial customers in...

How Maine could be affected if Trump cuts funds for climate research

President-elect Donald Trump's vow to scale back research funding for some NASA programs could adversely impact some key Maine institutions, including the University of Maine, the Gulf of Maine...

Report details Island Institute's 2016 impact on islands and coast

James McCarthy |

The Rockland-based nonprofit reported operating revenue of $5.47 million and almost $5.4 million in operating expenses, which included $883,179 being spent on community development and $1 million on...

Electricity Maine faces class-action lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges that the Auburn-based electricity supplier enrolls customers at artificially low rates and then transfers them with little notice to long-term rates that exceed the standard-offer...

Low gas prices mean one less holiday headache for Mainers

The good news continues for Mainers looking to fill up their vehicles for the holiday this week as the average price for a gallon of gas fell for the second week in a row to $2.22, a decrease of...

Electric cooperative awarded $13.6M over breach of contract

Eastern Maine Electric Cooperative of Union was awarded $13.6 million by a jury on Friday after suing First Wind, now owned by SunEdison, over a breach of contract for a failed transmission line deal.

Head of Governor's Energy Office stepping down

Patrick Woodcock, who led Gov. Paul LePage's Energy Office since 2013, will leave his post on Dec. 9. Woodcock, 34, said he grew frustrated by the undue influence of special interest groups in...

Portland hydropower firm kicks-off 3.2M euro hydrokinetic program

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ORPC Ireland Ltd., a subsidiary of Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Co., has launched a 3.2-million-euro technology development project on which it is the technical lead.