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Efficiency Maine Deputy Director Dies
01/17/2013 - 6:04pm

Tim Vrabel of Efficiency MaineTim Vrabel, the Deputy Director of Efficiency Maine, died at his home in Bath on January 13, 2013, surrounded by family.  He was 63. Tim will be missed by all who had the good fortune to work with him.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Auction Proceeds Announced
01/16/2013 - 5:10pm

The ten states shown in dark green are participating in RGGI (except New Jersey, which is currently not participating). Observers and participating provinces are represented in lime green courtesy of WikipediaIn the 18th quarterly cap-and-trade auction held in December of 2012, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (or RGGI) brought $1,224,330 into Maine's coffers. This brought Maine's cumulative revenue count to $34,246,622 since the inception of the auctions. Auction proceeds fund various energy efficiency and weatherization programs in Maine.

Read all about it in Maine Insights.

Maine's Wind Power Capacity Approaching Goal
01/10/2013 - 5:33pm

Wind Turbines on Stetson Mountain, Maine by Kay MannWind power generated in Maine is now producing nearly 500 megawatts, enough to supply the average needs of 175,000 households. However, it's still at around 25% the goal set by the legislature, of 2,000 megawatts by 2015. New projects that are in various development stages could soon catapult the state to half of its wind-power goal. After 2015, the next goal for installed wind power capacity was set at 3,000 megawatts by 2020.

Read more in the Bloomberg BusinessWeek News.

Portland Decides to Study Train Route to Twin Cities
01/09/2013 - 1:36pm

The Amtrak Downeaster train in Portland, MaineOn January 7, 2013, the Portland City Council passed a resolution which directs city staff to continue research into a public rail transit link to Lewiston-Auburn, in collaboration with officials from Lewiston, Auburn, the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System and the Androscoggin Transportation Resource Center. City leaders in L-A plan to study the possibility, as well.

Read more in the Bangor Daily News.

New Year Brings New Director of Governor's Energy Office
01/03/2013 - 12:57pm

Patrick Woodcock, the Director of Maine's Governor's Energy OfficeKenneth Fletcher has resigned his post as the Director of the Governor's Energy Office and Patrick Woodcock of Hampden, who most recently served as Senator Snowe's senior adviser for energy and environment issues will succeed him on January 7, 2013.

Woodcock, a 2004 graduate of Bowdoin College, faces an uphill challenge to fill Fletcher's shoes, as reported in the Portland Press Herald.

19 Maine Hydro Dams to Change Hands
12/26/2012 - 4:56pm

a Maine hydroelectric dam in winter by Kay MannBrookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. of Quebec announced on December 21, 2012 that it has agreed to acquire 19 hydroelectric generating stations and 8 upstream storage reservoir dams, primarily on the Kennebec, Androscoggin and Saco rivers, from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. The $760 million portfolio will more than quadruple Brookfield's generation capacity in Maine, from 103 MW to 454 MW.

For further details, read the Mainebiz article or contact Julie Smith-Galvin. Photo by Kay Mann

Maine Energy Education Program Receives Two Grants
12/19/2012 - 4:54pm

A Maine student learns about energy from Maine Energy Education ProgramOn December 19, 2012, the Maine Energy Education Program (MEEP) announced it had received a grant from the Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trusts in the amount of $12,000 and a $35,000 grant from the Governor's Energy Office.  The grants will be used toward funding MEEP's classroom programming and Green Schools Mini Grants in the first half of 2013.

For further information about MEEP's program offerings go here.

US-DOE Invests in Maine Offshore Wind Power
12/16/2012 - 11:37pm

A floating offshore wind turbine such as the ones proposed for the Gulf of Maine by Statoil in its Hywind projectThe US Department of Energy announced on December 12, 2012 that it had invested $4 million in each of 7 offshore wind power development projects, 2 of which are in Maine. One project is for the University of Maine, to install a pilot floating offshore wind farm off Monhegan Island and the other is for Statoil North America, to deploy four 3-megawatt wind turbines on floating spar buoy structures in deep waters off Boothbay Harbor.

Read more in our wind power blog and read the full announcement on the DOE website.

Wind Farms to Connect with Snowmobile Trails
12/10/2012 - 6:08pm

The Maine Snowmobile Association is working with First Wind, TransCanada, Patriot Renewables and other wind power developers on a project to formalize what could be a roughly 600-mile route to connect snowmobile trails with wind farm access roads.

Read the whole story in the Associated Press or watch a sponsored video story on WCSH-TV.

Kibby Mountain Expansion Faces Legal Challenge from NonProfit
11/28/2012 - 12:48pm

The Kibby Mountain Wind power plant built by TransCanada in Franklin County, MaineOn November 25, 2012, The Friends of the Boundary Mountains, a non-profit organization in Farmington, filed suit against the Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to stop TransCanada from expanding its 44-turbine wind power plant on Kibby Mountain.  The company sought to build an additional 14 turbines on neighboring Sisk Mountain in northern Franklin County, a move the FOBM claims would violate the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Act.

Get the whole story in the Bangor Daily News or in Mainebiz.