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Contractor named to design $50M Saco River water-treatment facility


Maine Water has selected Hazen, an international engineering firm, for the engineering design services necessary to build a new water treatment facility near the Saco River in Biddeford.

Five on the Future

Peter Van Allen |

Every year Mainebiz surveys five experts on what's ahead for the coming year. We've seen major changes in Washington, with President-elect Donald Trump taking office later this month. But...

Utilities scramble to restore power in storm's aftermath

James McCarthy |

In the immediate aftermath this morning of the season's first major snowstorm, Maine's two largest utilities reported more than 100,000 of their customers were without power.

Waste-to-energy facility cited for 'environmental excellence'

The Penobscot Energy Recovery Company, a waste-to energy facility in Orrington, received on Wednesday the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for its successful effort to achieve zero...

Heating fuel prices continue upward climb


The current statewide average cash price for No. 2 heating oil is $2.22 per gallon, up another eight cents (3.7%) over the last two weeks.

Maine's largest solar farm prepares to power up

Ohio-based ISG Energy expects its 5-megawatt solar energy farm in Madison to be online by the end of this week or early in the new year.

Portland Water District OKs $42M budget

Portland Water District’s board of trustees have unanimously approved a combined $42 million water and wastewater operating budget, a 3.8% increase over 2016.

Maker of log homes considers Ashland expansion

Katahdin Forest Products, a maker of log homes based in Oakfield, may expand its Ashland sawmill, contingent on whether electricity can be purchased at a favorable rate from a ReEnergy biomass plant.

PUC defers decision on net metering

James McCarthy |

The Maine Public Utilities Commission announced Monday that it needs more time to decide its proposed rule that would gradually change financial incentives designed to encourage consumers to install...

Heating fuel prices trending upward


The current statewide average cash price for No. 2 heating oil was $2.15 per gallon, up 5.4% or 11 cents over the last two weeks, according to the Governor’s Energy Office’s latest weekly...