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LePage OKs bill that backtracks wind law

Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill into law that reverses a portion of a law that helps developers fast-track the permitting process for wind projects in some rural areas.

Legislature and LePage agree: Rural residents given right to question wind turbines

Naomi Schalit, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting |

After several years of trying, a group of citizens from the state's rural Unorganized Territories (UT) have won their fight to pass legislation that could give them greater say in the siting of...

Lawmakers OK bill that could boost solar generation

Maine lawmakers have passed a bill into law that could lead to a new way to reimburse businesses and homeowners who generate their own electricity with solar and other power sources.

Multi-million-dollar pipeline fight likely heading to court

A U.S. District Court judge in Bangor has rejected a motion for summary judgment in the court case involving claims between Summit Natural Gas of Maine Inc. and Schmid Pipeline Construction Inc.,...

Greenlight Maine picks 26 semifinalists to vie for $100,000 prize in entrepreneur contest

“Greenlight Maine,” an upcoming weekly TV show in which Maine entrepreneurs can vie to win a minimum prize of $100,000, said it has selected the 26 semifinalists to compete in the...

Feds award $120K to 13 Maine clean energy projects

USDA Rural Development is awarding nearly $120,000 to 13 Maine businesses for clean energy projects that include solar power systems, variable-frequency ventilation fans and geothermal heat pumps.

Lawmakers override LePage veto of Efficiency Maine funding bill

Both chambers of the Legislature on Tuesday unanimously overrode Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the bill fixing a clerical error in the state's 2013 energy conservation law that...

Maine's largest power plants

RankGenerator/CityGenerating capacity in megawatts summer/Date in...

Legislators OK fix for Efficiency Maine funding

The Maine Senate and House of Representatives have approved a bill that would restore $38 million in state funding for the Efficiency Maine program.

S. Portland hotel seeks to add solar panels

The owners of the Howard Johnson Hotel in South Portland are seeking to add solar panels that would reduce energy costs, but it needs a zoning change approved by the city first.