Editor's blogs

Solar Bill Fails to Override Veto in Close Vote

Maine State House of Representatives ChamberOn August 2. 2017, the Maine House of Representatives voted to sustain Governor LePage’s veto of the solar bill, despite the fact that the bill passed the House and Senate initially by more than a two-thirds super majority.

Net Energy Billing Debate Rages On

A solar eruptive prominence as seen in extreme UV light on March 30 2010 with Earth superimposed for a sense of scale image Credit to NASA and SDOYou may have heard of solar storms in earth science or geophysics classes in school, right?

Building Maine’s Energy Planning Roadmap

Jeff Marks Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine or E2Tech by Kay MannAs part of the forum hosted by the Environmental and Energy Technology Council (E2Tech) on March 3, 2017, Executive Director Jeff Marks delivered an update on the status of the&

How Maine can Match its Energy Policy to its Energy Challenges

On March 3, 2017, the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine hosted a forum in Augusta, entitled, “Playing Matchmaker- Aligning Energy Challenges with Compatible Policies”. The forum addressed the following questions: What are the most important energy challenges facing the State of Maine?

Maine’s Green Power Leaders

EPA Green Power Partnership logo courtesy of EPAThe US-EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use gree

Small Grants Available for Local Energy Work

 New England Grassroots Environment Fund logoThe New England Grassroots Environment Fund is offering Grow Grants of up to $3,500 for community sustainability initiatives across New England and the application deadline for this round is March 15, 2017. 

Grid Modernization: Bringing Maine into its Future

Laney Brown, VP of Grid Modernization Strategy from Modern Grid Partners photo by Kay MannThe sixth annual Efficiency Maine Symposium had a very long name this year: “modernization of the electricity grid and opportunities for distributed energy resources”.

MPUC Changes Net Energy Billing Rules

smart meter photo by Kay MannOn January 31, 2017, the Maine Public Utilities Commission issued a decision on proposed rule changes regarding customer net energy billing. The following information comes from the MPUC’s press release on the announcement.

Don’t Forget About Micro Hydropower

infographic by US-DOE depicting a typical micro hydropower system courtesy of DOE.Maine is riddled with opportunities to generate power from streams, rivers and tidal inlets. Our forefathers hitched these power sources up and used them to great advantage. What happened?

What Will Maine’s Share of the Billion-Ton Biomass Economy Be?

To start with, grab your GMO-free, organic popcorn and watch this video from US-DOE about the potential for development in one of Maine's strongest historical energy resources: biomass.