Don't expect your power lines to turn green from the green electrons running through them.  But the more home-grown renewable power we can feed into the grid, the less natural gas we'll be importing.

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Maine's Conversation About Green Power From the Grid

"The Grid"  is the network of power lines that transport and deliver electricity to most of our homes and businesses. We can buy the standard offer energy supply, which comes mostly from natural gas, or we can buy energy made from renewable sources. We welcome your questions and answers about green grid power and the smart grid here.  Join the conversation today and check back here often!

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07/26/2011 - 3:34pm

The US Department of Energy and a Texas utility recently released results of a survey begun in the fall of 2010, which indicated that 71% of customers reported that they have changed their electricity consumption behavior as a result of the energy use data they accessed on their smart meter in-home displays.

07/13/2011 - 3:11pm

Gordon Grimes is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Energy Practice Group. He has spent over thirty years representing the interests of private energy generators, banks, contractors, and other entities in the power generation industry. On June 12, 2011, Gordon was interviewed by Steve D'Agostino of  WICN 90.5 FM, the NPR affiliate serving Central New England.

06/30/2011 - 5:14pm

Now, most of us wouldn't dream of leaving Maine in August. We'd all dread having to travel to Cincinnati to attend these concurrent workshops, but if you are bidding on government contracts for construction or power purchase agreements, you may be glad you did.

06/22/2011 - 11:01pm

Those interested in agriculture should enthuse about the Rural Energy Assistance Program, Energy Audit, and Renewable Energy Development Assistance grant programs. They assists farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses by providing grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance.

06/22/2011 - 12:29am

Those interested in buying and or selling hydrogen/ fuel cells may be interested to hear that the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC) will host a Supply Chain Exchange for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry supply chain in the region.

06/21/2011 - 3:19pm

To help local officials plan for and respond to incidents and emergencies that result in energy outages, the  Public Technology Institute has released Version 2.0 of the Local Government Energy Assurance Guidelines.

06/13/2011 - 12:00pm

On June 9. 2011, the Portland Press Herald ran the following op-ed by Suzanne Watson, entitled, "State's Renewable Energy Policies Shouldn't Change: An official defense of Gov. LePage's bill on electricity costs fails to mention some facts". We reprint it here with the author's permission.

06/08/2011 - 4:57pm

For 15 years, Renewable Energy Markets (REM) has defined and expanded marketplace opportunities for clean power. Bridging the interests of renewable energy generators, marketers, and utilities with those of purchasers, policymakers, and the communities that benefit from clean energy, REM is the nation's premier forum for the energy community to gather, learn from each other, and recognize best practices for promoting renewable energy.

06/06/2011 - 4:28pm

Our former governor, Angus King, caused quite a stir with his op-ed about the alternatives we have in Maine for using gas and oil in the Sunday Press Herald on June 5, 2011. We re-post it here for our readers.

"Energy choices and the No Free Lunch Principle": Critics of wind power fail to acknowledge that it calls for much smaller economic and ecological trade-offs than any other source.

06/03/2011 - 12:11pm

Our friend Louise Sharp has added a few bits of info to her list of concerns about the new smart meters being installed for CMP's customers. If you know more about this and want to share your expertise, we'd all like to hear it.