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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.

Bowdoin Shoots for the Sun
10/15/2013 - 4:26pm

The roofs of Farley Field House (foreground) and Watson Arena (right) would be used to generate 600 kW of solar power, with another 700kW generated from solar panels located on land owned by the College at the former Brunswick Naval Air StationBowdoin College has proposed to install the largest solar array in Maine: 1,300-kilowatts, atop the roofs of the Farley Field House and Watson Arena and on land recently acquired at Brunswick Landing. If approved, the college would partner with SolarCity Corp. of California to install and operate the system, which would offset about 8% of its annual power needs.

Read more on the Bowdoin Daily Sun blog.

Photo courtesy of Bowdoin College

Statoil Closes Hywind Maine Project
10/15/2013 - 2:23pm

a floating offshore wind turbine built by Statoil of Norway and as had been proposed for installation in the Gulf of Maine by StatoilOn Octoer 15, 2013, Statoil of Norway announced that it had decided to exit the offshore wind power market in Maine, saying, "Changes in the framework conditions in the state, uncertainty around the commercial framework, and the schedule implications of project delays made the project outlook too uncertain to proceed", and “Regardless of our exit in Maine, we will continue to explore the US offshore wind market. The US holds several locations with good wind conditions, deep waters and proximity to load centers.”

For further information, see Statoil's news archive, the Bangor Daily News or Mainebiz.

UMaine Ordered to Reveal Parts of Offshore Wind Proposal
10/10/2013 - 4:20pm

Volturn US a prototype floating deepwater offshore wind turbine connected to the Maine power grid as part of the Maine Aqua Ventus project of the University of Maine Orono in waters off Castine Maine photo courtesy of University of MaineOn October 8, 2013, the Associated Press reported that the Maine Public Utilities Commission ruled 2-1 that Maine Aqua Ventus (or MAV, a name referring to the University of Maine and its project partners) must reveal some of the details of a proposal to build a prototype offshore wind power installation in the Gulf of Maine. Environmental groups and lawmakers have objected to the non-public proposal submitted to the PUC in September, while MAV has held that confidentiality will be key to its securing a $46 million federal grant.

Read the full story on Photo courtesy of University of Maine.

Efficiency Maine Announces New Home Heating Incentives
09/19/2013 - 3:40pm

Efficiency Maine logoJust in time for winter to begin, Efficiency Maine has rolled out a new suite of incentives to help Maine homeowners to heat their homes more affordably. These incentives from Efficiency Maine’s Home Energy Savings Program (HESP) will help offset the cost of air sealing, insulation, qualified heating systems, and in some cases, energy assessments.

The new offerings were made possible by requirements in the recently passed Omnibus Energy Bill, to redirect 35% of auction revenues that the State receives from its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative toward helping homeowners cost-effectively reduce heating demands.

Further details on the programs are on Efficiency Maine's website.