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MAINE ENERGY NEWS

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Bath Students Embrace PowerHouse
01/14/2014 - 4:24pm

Powerhouse program partners courtesy of Gulf of Maine Research InstituteEighth Grade Students at Bath Middle School have not only embraced the PowerHouse program from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, but taken it a step further by creating public service announcements encouraging energy conservation.

Read the full blog article here.

Image credit: Powerhouse program partners courtesy of Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Breathing Easier With Biodiesel
01/14/2014 - 3:24pm

Maine Standard Biofuels delivery truck photo courtesy of Maine Standard Biofuels In November 2013, The Northeast Diesel Collaborative – a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state agencies, and private and nonprofit groups – recognized Oakhurst Dairy and Maine Standard Biofuels with its 2013 Breathe Easy Leadership Award for their outstanding leadership in reducing diesel emissions. Maine Standard Biofuels makes biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oils and delivers it to Oakhurst Dairy to fuel its delivery fleet. As a result of this partnership, Oakhurst has decreased its diesel fuel emissions up to 70 percent annually.

Read more from the EPA. Photo courtesy of Maine Standard Biofuels.

Multifamily Milestone: 1000 Buildings Weatherized
01/14/2014 - 12:10pm

Blower door testing units on a multifamily house in Maine by DeWitt Kimball of Complete Home Energy Evaluation ServicesOn January 2, 2014, Efficiency Maine’s Multifamily Efficiency Program announced that it had reached a milestone in December: since its launch 18 months ago, the program has helped property managers weatherize more than 1,000 apartment units throughout the state. One thousand more units are already in the pipeline to be weatherized in the year ahead. Average energy savings is predicted to be 26%.

Read it all on Efficiency Maine's website…and learn about the program here.

Photo Credit: DeWitt Kimball of Complete Home Evaluation Services.

Maine Company Tapped for Cape Wind Construction
01/09/2014 - 5:18pm

Siemens press picture of Anholt offshore wind power plant in Denmark.An important subcontract for work on the Cape Wind project off Massachusetts has been awarded to Cianbro of Brewer, Maine. Siemens will supply Cape Wind its 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines and an offshore Electric Service Platform (ESP), located toward the center of the site to transform the voltage of the electricity produced by the wind turbines.

Siemens is subcontracting the manufacturing of the ESP to Cianbro, to be fabricated in its Brewer facility. Read the full story on Siemens website.

Photo credit: Siemens press picture: Anholt offshore wind power plant in Denmark.

Portland-Auburn Commuter Rail Line Proposed
11/25/2013 - 2:34pm

Rail image courtesy of Maine Rail Transit CoalitionThe Maine Rail Transit Coalition is proposing a commuter rail line between Auburn and India Street in Portland, with an estimated $138 million startup cost. Pending procurement of funding, the service would operate on a freight line now owned by the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad, on which it wants to discontinue service.

Read more in the Portland Press Herald and in Mainebiz.

Rockland to Boston via Rail in 2014
11/17/2013 - 5:38pm

Map of the Maine Eastern Railroad line from Rockland to Brunswick Maine image courtesy of Maine Eastern RailroadMaine Eastern Railroad announced on October 30, 2013 that it plans to capitalize on increased Downeaster train ridership by aligning its summer 2014 schedule with the Downeaster's so that passengers from Rockland to Brunswick will also be able to travel to Boston by rail. Rates will be reduced for the train, which will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between July 4 and Oct. 13.

Read more in Mainebiz and from Maine Eastern RailroadImage courtesy of Maine Eastern Railroad. 

Electricity Disconnection Scam Warning
11/14/2013 - 4:38pm

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC), the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA), and Maine’s Attorney General are warning Mainers of a nationwide scam involving the threat of disconnection of their electric service. The scam involves telephone callers claiming to be from a utility company and then employing a variety of techniques to defraud customers. Some threaten customers with disconnecting electric service to their home or business if they don’t make a payment immediately. The scam artist instructs them to send money via prepaid card or online payment service, such as PayPal or GreenDot, before their power is shut off... Read more from the PUC.

Alternative Fueling Station Finder App for iPhone Released
11/14/2013 - 4:08pm

Pearson Fuels in San Diego offers multiple alternative fuel options image Courtesy of DOE/NRELOn November 7, 2013, the US-DOE's Clean Cities announced the launch of a free iPhone app that locates fueling stations offering alternative fuels, including electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, E85, propane, and hydrogen. Developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the app is available for download through Apple's App Store.

Read more from Clean Cities. Image courtesy of DOE/NREL.

Augusta Civic Center to be Heated by the Sun
11/07/2013 - 9:45pm

A graphical rendering of the solar wall at the Augusta Civic Center courtesy of Shift Energy LLC of Biddeford, MaineJust in time for winter, New England Energy Solutions of Brunswick is installing wall-mounted solar heating units from Shift Energy LLC of Biddeford on the south wall of the Augusta Civic Center. The 4,350-square-foot installation is expected to pay for itself in under 12 years in avoided propane heating costs. The heating panels are manufactured in Magog, Quebec by Enerconcept Technologies.

Read an in-depth description of this project in Mainebiz.    Image couretsy of Shift Energy LLC.

Maine's First Solar Habitat for Humanity House Completed
10/17/2013 - 5:04pm

Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity logoOn October 3, 2013, the Waterville chapter of Habitat for Humaniy announced that it had completed New England's first solar home, built though the power of volunteers. An open house was held on October 6 at the home on Oakland, where the sun  will provide about 50 percent of the energy needed to heat water and 90 percent of the home’s electricity needs.

Read more in the Kennebec Journal and on the Habitat for Humanity site.

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