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Governor's Energy Office: Maine still most dependent state on heating oil


Despite 10 years of concerted efforts to tighten Maine homes and shift to other forms of heating, Maine still remains the state most dependent on heating oil, the Governor's Energy Office reported.

Thousands remain without power due to blizzard


Almost 35,000 Maine residents were without power at mid-morning today due to the high winds and heavy snowfalls that arrived with Winter Storm Stella on Tuesday.

Island Institute publishes 'deep dive' into coastal, island economies


The Island Institute has published its first deep-dive comparison of the economic, community and environmental indicators for Maine's coastal and island communities with the rest of the state and...

Searsmont lumber firm to become an energy producer

The loss of pulp markets for woodchips produced at its 136-year-old sawmill in Searsmont is prompting Robbins Lumber to invest in a biomass plant that can convert that waste wood into energy.

Seven Maine businesses land renewable energy grants

Seven Maine businesses will receive $77,500 in USDA funds to purchase and install renewable energy systems.

Solar power advocates aren't happy with PUC's final rule


Solar power advocates wasted no time in voicing strong disapproval of the Maine Public Utilities Commission final order on Wednesday adopting new policies that gradually reduced the credits solar...

Find out how Maine ranks in U.S. News & World Report's 'Best States' rankings

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U.S. News & World Report, using data provided by McKinsey & Co.'s Leading States Index, ranks Maine 18th overall in its first-ever “deep dive” ranking of the 50 states based on more than...

CMP ratepayers get a break with expiration of long-term power contracts


The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved an agreement on Wednesday that marks the expiration of two large power purchase contracts and reduces stranded costs for Central Maine Power customers.

Maine Water Co. sets timetable for $50M Biddeford project


The Maine Water Co. has released the design and construction schedule for its $50 million project to build a new water treatment facility near the Saco River in Biddeford.

Portland, South Portland to create largest municipal solar farms in state

The city councils of Portland and South Portland unanimously approved contracts Wednesday night with Portland-based ReVision Energy to create two of the state's largest municipal solar farms on each...