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The federal Environmental Protection Agency says Central Maine Power’s permit application now being reviewed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its controversial New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line project is incomplete and needs
Central Maine Power and On Target Utility Services donated 27 utility poles to the community college's Hinckley campus, a needed element for the vital program, both the businesses and college said.
Portland-based Diversified Communications has acquired three North American events that will expand its footprint in the renewable energy industry.
Central Maine Power Co.'s $950 million New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project is reaching the endgame, with opponents and proponents squaring off in an all-day hearing Thursday hosted by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.
Maine Electric Power Co., a company jointly owned by Central Maine Power and Emera Maine, announced Wednesday it has completed rebuilding a 51-mile transmission line between Orrington and Windsor, six months ahead of schedule and $35 million under
Maine has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 21 states committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement, Gov. Janet Mills announced at Friday's E2Tech 2019 conference.
When the town of Tremont cut the ribbon on the new solar array on its capped landfill on Saturday, it marked not only a milestone for the town, but also the latest project in a collaborative investment loan structure that helps make solar power
Municipal Review Committee Inc., a group of 115 Maine cities and towns, said its longtime executive director will step down to explore new career opportunities.
Central Maine Power announced this morning it has signed a stipulation asking the Maine Public Utilities Commission to authorize its $950 million transmission project to deliver Canadian hydropower through Maine to Massachusetts.
After a year-long delay, commissioning of the Fiberight single-stream recyclables and municipal solid waste processing facility in Hampden is on track to start by April and ramp up through May and June.
Gov. Janet Mills Thursday signed an executive order ending a year-old moratorium on wind turbine permits.
Maine Public Utilities Commission warned Central Maine Power Co. Wednesday it could face a $500,000 fine and other sanctions if the AVANGRID-owned utility did not immediately address ongoing customer service problems.
ReVision Energy announced Monday it plans to merge with Energy Emporium of Enfield, N.H.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a “settlement conference” for Tuesday on Central Maine Power Co.'s $950 million transmission line project through western Maine to deliver hydro-power from Canada to electricity customers in
A report on the economic contribution of the state's heating oil and propane industry released this week says that it accounts for 9,500 jobs, both directly and indirectly, and $440 million in earnings in Maine.
The Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee will hold a public hearing today on LD 91, a bill to eliminate the “gross metering” rule enacted under Gov. Paul LePage that solar power advocates say is stifling the growth of the
Former state Sen. Tom Saviello has filed a motion with the Maine Public Utilities Commission asking that it amend its schedule for ruling on Central Maine Power's New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line until it addresses a requirement of
Sen. Nathan Libby, D-Lewiston, is sponsoring a bill, LD 149, that would ask voters to approve a $250 million bond issue to ease student debt. Under Libby’s proposal, if voters approved, the $250 million bond would fund a program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine to help pay off student loan debt for individuals who agree to live and work in Maine for five years. It also would reimburse employers that make student loan debt payments on behalf of their employees who agree to live and work in Maine for five years.
Andrea Cianchette Maker, a partner at Pierce Atwood, testified in support of the bill on behalf of Acadia Insurance and IDEXX Laboratories. Citing figures from the Project on Student Debt, Maker noted the average student loan indebtedness for Mainers is $31,364, which is 10th highest in the nation. In total, she said, Mainers owe more than $6 billion in student debt.
“If enacted, LD 149 could be a game-changer for our state,” Maker wrote. “It will significantly help Maine attract and retain a desperately needed future workforce by helping our workers get out from under college debt in an expedited manner. After that debt is paid, they will be fully engaged in Maine's economy and in a much better position to invest in their futures here in Maine, from buying a first home to raising a family.”
At its May 9 public hearing, the bill received support from Behavioral Health Community Collaborative, Maine Association of Realtors, Maine State Employees Association, AARP Maine, Finance Authority of Maine, Maine Tourism Association, Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and a number of individuals who shared personal stories about how their student debt adversely affects their lives.
Of the 27 people testifying at the hearing, only a few opposed Libby’s bill outright — essentially saying the state’s resources are not unlimited and the bond would divert funding from other essential needs.
The fiscal statement attached to the bill indicates a 10-year $250 million bond would require another $65.3 million to pay off at a 4.75% interest rate, for a total cost of $315.3 million.