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PUC Boosts Support for Energy Efficiency
03/07/2013 - 1:43pm

Efficiency Maine logoThe Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved a plan to increase the systems benefit charge paid on electric bills nearly threefold over three years and invest the revenues in Efficiency Maine Trust's programs. Analysts say that increasing energy efficiency in the state could ultimately drop Maine electricity rates 6% by 2025 and boost Gross State Product by $1.4 billion. The plan must next be approved by the legislature. 

Read more in Mainebiz.

UMaine Farmington Trustees Approve Fourth Geothermal Project
03/05/2013 - 4:19pm

the education center at University of Maine at Farmington boasts a geothermal heating and cooling system.Trustees for the University of Maine at Farmington gave the green light to a $1.5 million project to heat and cool 50,000 square feet of campus building space using geothermal technology. This fourth geothermal system on the campus will help it to meet its Climate Action Plan goal of eliminating its greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 and reducing its GHG output by 20 percent by 2015.

Read more in the Portland Press Herald, in Mainebiz or on UMF's website.

Photo credit: University of Maine Farmington.

Obama Picks Moniz for Energy Secretary
03/05/2013 - 2:56pm

Ernest Moniz the nominee for secretary of energy in President Obamas second termOn March 4, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Ernest Moniz, director of the Energy Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to replace Steven Chu as secretary of energy. The nomination has met with mixed reactions from environmentalists, who see Moniz as a proponent of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and for nuclear power.

Read it all in the Huffington Post.

Photo credit: Massachussetts Institute of Technology

Second Biocoal Plant Planned for Eastport
02/24/2013 - 3:23pm

Torrefited wood pellets or biocoal by thermogenThermogen, the company that is building one plant to produce torrefied wood pellets (or biocoal) in Millinocket, has signed an agreement to take over the former BASF plant in Eastport to produce the same product there, for export to the UK. The plant is expected to employ 75 directly and 300 in the woods. 

Read the full story in Mainebiz.

Anaerobic Digestion Facility Planned at Brunswick Landing
02/20/2013 - 1:11pm

The former site of the Naval Air Station at Brunswick Maine courtesy of Midcoast Regional Redevelopment AuthorityVillage Green Ventures of New York plans to build a bacteria-based power generation facility on 2 acres on the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. The plant would use bacteria to break down septic and waste material through anaerobic digestion, then capture the methane gas and use it to power heating and electrical equipment for other Brunswick Landing tenants.

Read the whole story in the Times Record from BDN Maine.

Photo credit: Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

First Wind Scouts New Sites in Hancock County
02/18/2013 - 6:15pm

wind turbine in Maine by Kay MannTwo subsidiaries of Boston-based First Wind, Hancock Wind and Weaver Wind, have identified up to 57 new potential sites for wind turbines in Township 22 and Osborn in Hancock County. The companies have secured land leases for many of the sites but have done no assessments of their suitability for wind power development. No development proposals have yet been submitted to state authorities, and it is likely that only a small number will move on to that phase, according to the Bangor Daily News.

UMaine Plans to Launch Test Turbine in Deep Water off Castine
02/13/2013 - 1:09pm

A small group of researchers and technicians at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center pose with Renewegy's 20 kW wind turbine prior to the turbine standing.The Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine plans to place a one-eighth-scale prototype of a floating deep-sea wind turbine in the harbor off Dyce Head in Castine, sometime in April of 2013. The 20 kilowatt or 27 horsepower turbine, called "VolturnUS", was developed by professor Habib Dagher, who will build its components with engineering students. It will be shipped to Cianbro's facility in Brewer for assembly and thence towed by a tugboat from Maine Maritime Academy to the test site in Castine Harbor.

Read More in the Bangor Daily News.

Avesta Housing Receives National Award
02/07/2013 - 4:53pm

Oak Street Lofts building by Avesta Housing in Portland MaineThe U.S. Green Building Council has given Avesta Housing of Portland the “2012 LEED for Home Outstanding Affordable Developer” award for the Oak Street Lofts project. Dana Totman, president of Avesta, said, “this award from the U.S. Green Building Council shows we’re still on the forefront of green design, and we’re proud to receive this recognition for Oak Street Lofts.”

Learn more about Oak Street Lofts here.

Photo credit: Avesta Housing

Governor LePage Focuses on Lower Energy Costs in State of the State Address
02/06/2013 - 1:50pm

Governor Paul LePage of MaineOn February 5, 2013, Governor Paul LePage gave his State of the State address to the Maine Legislature. After disparaging Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard and a recently-approved offshore wind project, the Governor pledged to fast-track permitting for natural gas infrastructure development and re-attempt to remove the 100 MW restrictions on hydropower. There was no mention of energy efficiency.

Read the full text of the speech here or watch the MPBN video here.

PUC approves Hywind Maine Offshore Pilot Project
01/25/2013 - 9:35am

A floating wind turbine such as the type proposed for a pilot project called Hywind Maine by Statoil of NorwayOn Thursday, January 24, 2013, the Maine Public Utilities Commission approved Statoil's term sheet proposal to install four wind turbines 12 miles off the coast at Boothbay Harbor, in 460 feet of water. The vote was 2-1 in favor of the $120-million project.

Read more in the Portland Press Herald.

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