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June 25, 2018
Focus: Energy

Changing the power grid

Maine has one of the highest energy costs in the nation. If there's a silver lining, it has the lowest energy costs in New England. As these stories partly illustrate, that may be in part because Maine has natural resources that help reduce the dependence on fossil fuel or fuel we don't produce here. Maine's largest power plant is run by petroleum oil, on Cousins Island, so we don't want to overstate that. Still, as the following stories illustrate, Maine is looking to its natural resources — wind, solar and hydropower — as viable sources of energy. In this focus on energy, instead of delving deeply into one or two issues, we decided with this issue to take a broader look with brief stores highlighting what's new:

Electric vehicle public infrastructure coming to Maine

Islands aim for energy independence

Maine colleges continue to tackle energy sustainability

Offshore wind power faces delays, uncertainty

CMP aims to deliver Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts by 2022

Summit Natural Gas of Maine project near goal five years later

Fiberight site to convert trash to fuel and more

Expanded energy training center signals growing demand

Isle au Haut to build solar-powered smart energy microgrid

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Electric vehicle public infrastructure coming to Maine as state reduces dependence on fossil fuels

Islands aim for energy independence

Maine colleges continue to tackle energy sustainability

Maine Aqua Ventus offshore wind power project faces delays, uncertainty

CMP aims to deliver Canadian hydropower to Bay State utilities by 2022

Summit Natural Gas of Maine project nears the five-year finish line

Fiberight waste-to-energy site to convert tons of trash to energy or recycling

Expanded energy training center signals growing demand for skilled technicians

Isle au Haut to build solar-powered smart energy microgrid

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