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New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers conference

September 15th, 2009 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Issue 21, Maine's green energy potential

ST. JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK – Governor John E. Baldacci praised the spirit of cooperation that characterized the 33rd Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in St. John, New Brunswick.

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Interview with Gov. Baldacci about the Governor’s conference

August 12th, 2009 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Capitol news, Community Maine, Energy Issues, Exclusive Interviews, Health Care, Issue 21, Issue 22, Issue 23, Maine's green energy potential

Governor Baldacci at the State House in Maine
Governor Baldacci at the State House in Maine
The Annual National Governors Association Conference was held in Bilox, Mississippi, in July why was it important to attend?

It was a very important meeting because we were given an opportunity to talk directly to Obama Administration representatives as a bi-partisan group of Governors.

We talked about energy transmission interconnection lines, about the issues of renewable energies, education, healthcare, and rail expansion. We were given a presentation on the economy from the Federal Reserve director in the Atlanta district. It was very worthwhile.

We were able to weigh in on the national healthcare reform, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, which was a unique opportunity.

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The Downeaster could become a high-speed rail corridor- in Maine

April 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Community Maine, Energy Issues, Issue 21

President Barack Obama, along with Vice President Biden and Secretary LaHood, announced a new U.S. push to transform travel in America, creating high-speed rail lines from city to city, reducing dependence on cars and planes and spurring economic development.

President Obama allocated $8 billion to establish high-speed rail corridors nationwide. Maine is one of 10 listed sites nationally eligible for the funding, which is part of the $787 billion Recovery Act economic stimulus package.

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The future of Dirigo Health, Maine’s healthcare initiative

April 15th, 2009 · No Comments · Capitol news, Community Maine, Issue 21

While healthcare costs skyrocketed nationwide as premiums increased, Maine valiantly pushed to cover people who fell between the cracks, not making quite enough to cover themselves, family or businesses.

“These are working people, business people. They are people who want to be able to provide for themselves and their families,” said Governor John Baldacci.

Dirigo Health, established as a step toward universal health care coverage six years ago, can be attributed to the decreasing the number of people that were uninsured and underinsured during a time those roles increased across the nation. For five years the rate of uninsured dropped in Maine.

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Issue 21 – Maine’s Green Revolution

April 10th, 2009 · No Comments · Energy Issues, Issue 21

MAINE’S GREEN ENERGY REVOLUTION

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A Department of Transportation with a vision that works with the people of Maine

April 10th, 2009 · No Comments · Capitol news, Community Maine, Exclusive Interviews, Issue 21

David A. Cole has been MaineDOT’s commissioner since 2003, he recently sat down and talked about the changes at MaineDOT, the challenges, and how working with Maine’s communities leads to better transportation solutions.

The new Penobscot Narrows bridge
The new Penobscot Narrows bridge

“We use innovative management techniques and innovative construction techniques — like composites materials. Under Governor Baldacci’s leadership and with his support, we are working with UMaine to develop bridges made from lightweight, durable composite materials. We built one of these bridges in Pittsfield last year, and we’ll be looking for more opportunities in the future. The ‘bridge in the backpack’ helps us mobilize without heavy equipment, causing less disruption to communities. The future in transportation will be about intelligent designs, infrastructure that’s maintenance friendly, and intelligent transportation systems.”

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The AEWC Center at the UMaine

April 9th, 2009 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Community Maine, Energy Issues, Issue 21

Technologies developed there are being used by the U.S. military, various departments of transportation across the country, and boat builders, to name a few.

Since 2001 the AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center has expanded product lines for 43 existing companies, improved products of 30 Maine companies, and have helped with the creation of 12 new Maine companies. The man behind the research center is Director Habib Dagher.

“In a couple of months we expect to break ground for a wind-energy research center here, as an extension of this lab,” said Dagher. “It will allow us to manufacture windmill components of the towers and blades, right in the lab where we will be able to test them. We will be able to put them through 20 to 30 years of wear in tests to see how they hold up. This will give us the ability to be innovative with the next generation of components.”

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U.S. Representative Mike Michaud —

April 9th, 2009 · No Comments · Community Maine, Exclusive Interviews, Issue 21

It’s the first time you’ve been a congressman with a Democratic president and Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. People would like to know what that difference is like and how you like working with President Obama?

U.S. Rep Mike Michaud
U.S. Rep Mike Michaud
“President Obama is open and willing to talk to people on both sides of the aisle. The previous president didn’t even talk to people in his own Republican Party. It’s a refreshing change. Forty-seven of us from the Blue Dog Coalition were invited to talk to the president about budgetary issues at the White House. This administration is definitely more receptive and interested.

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Partnering with New Brunswick to export energy to New England

April 9th, 2009 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Capitol news, Community Maine, Energy Issues, Issue 21

A continued partnership with Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham could result in the region becoming an alternative energy hub.

“Great potential exists for Maine and New Brunswick to grow and share clean, renewable energy,” said Governor Baldacci at a press conference with Premier Graham. “For the full potential to be realized, regional transmission capacity must expand.”

Shawn Grahm and Gov. John Baldacci friends and partners
Shawn Grahm and Gov. John Baldacci friends and partners
Even though wind farms are beginning to take root in Maine, there is concern surrounding the lack of transmission infrastructure to get the electricity to market. That could change as Graham and Baldacci agreed to jointly explore the development of a Northeast Energy Corridor.

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Maine — the largest producer of wind energy in New England

April 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Business & Innovation, Community Maine, Energy Issues, Issue 21

On a snowy day, driving along a steep, curvy road, there’s no sign of what will greet you around the next corner just outside Danforth, Maine. Then unexpectedly the gentle giants rise up. Only a whooshing sound can be heard as the massive blades cut through the air, capturing enough energy in their embrace to power 23,500 homes.

First Wind’s Stetson Wind project consists of 38 General Electric 1.5 MW wind turbines, which have the capacity to generate approximately 167 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean electricity every year. First Wind also built the Mars Hill wind facility.

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