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Maine Wins $30 Million Energy Efficiency Grant

April 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Business & Innovation, Energy Issues, Issue 25

Maine has received a $30 million federal grant from The Recovery Act to fund energy efficiency upgrades.

This spring Maine has received a $30 million federal grant from The Recovery Act to fund energy efficiency upgrades. This is in addition to a $42 million allocated already to MaineHousing for weatherization.

Recovery Act weatherization and retrofitting grants recognize the immediacy and priority Maine has given to these efforts.

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Remarks by President in Portland on Health Insurance reform

April 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · Community Maine, Health Care, Issue 25, Speeches

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Portland! (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, Portland.

AUDIENCE: Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you, everybody.

Well, what a wonderful — I guess when the sun comes out around here, everybody gets pretty excited. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you!

THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.)

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Facts on the National Health Insurance Reform Law

March 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Announcements, Business & Innovation, Capitol news, Community Maine, Health Care, Issue 25

For the first time in American history insurance coverage has become the right of every U.S. citizen, legally.
The new health care law takes also a number of steps, similar to ones already taken in Maine, to crack down on some of the worst insurance industry practices. The bill gives patients and doctors more control over health decisions, not insurance companies, and ends practices like denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, dropping patients when they become sick and imposing limits on health care coverage.
Changes under the law that will happen DURING THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS:

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IN ISSUE 25- Maine is golden

March 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Issue 25

Maine is Golden
Maine is Golden


POTENTIAL JOB GROWTH—

An exclusive interview with Gov. John Baldacci about initiatives that will come from his jobs summit to assist job growth

The Maine Industrial Grant Program awards $8.9 million for energy-efficacy improvements, creating close to 1,000 jobs

Proposed bond package could add 2,000 jobs immediately

Maine’s ‘quality of place’ will grow jobs

The Downeaster receives funds to extend service in Maine

Maine’s ‘Three Port’ economic strategy receives funds


EDITORIAL—

Maine is golden — as people work together for the common goal of energy independence

ON GREEN ENERGY:

Offshore wind gets a boost from Obama with the Atlantic Wind Consortium

$3,000 in energy-efficiency rebates for all Maine homeowners

The Maine Industrial Grant Program awards $8.9 million for energy-efficacy improvements

The biomass and biofuel industry will receive $150 million

The Energy Efficiency Trust Agency; a one-stop shop in energy efficiency

Community-wind projects in Maine, interview with Sue Jones


MORE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS—

Exclusive interview with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree – she’s fighting for Maine

Governor John Baldacci
Governor John Baldacci
Exclusive interview with Gov. Baldacci about his new education initiatives

HEALTH CARE PROGRESSES—

Preventative care at KeepMEWell.org

Maine receives funding for child obesity

Broadband, and training funds healthcare professionals

COMMUNITY NEWS—

Barrels community market of Waterville

MaineHousing lowers interest rate to encourage first-time homebuyers

All photography in this issue by Ramona du Houx unless indicated

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Maine is golden — as people work together for a common goal

March 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Editorials, Issue 25, Maine's green energy potential

When Seth Wescott came from behind the pack of snowboarders and rocketed across the finish line, Maine was electrified with excitement. So was the nation, it was the first time an American had won a back-to-back winter Olympic event since 1960. It was the first time anyone had accomplished it in the new sport, one in which Wescott continues to define.

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Maine Awarded $14 Million to Support Critical Ports

March 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Business & Innovation, Community Maine, Issue 25

Maine will receive $14 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to revitalize Maine ports.

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Offshore wind could happen sooner, as streamlined permitting is due to change

March 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments · Business & Innovation, Energy Issues, Issue 25, Maine's green energy potential

Governor John Baldacci was invited to met with other leaders of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf states by U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar in Washington, DC, to discuss offshore-wind development and energy transmission. The meeting was the first step in forming an Atlantic Wind Consortium that will ensure cooperation of the states and the federal government, to speed up federal permitting of offshore-wind facilities.

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Gov. Baldacci talks about how his Job Summit will help Maine businesses

March 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Business & Innovation, Capitol news, Education, Exclusive Interviews, Issue 25

Gov. John Baldacci  {photo by Ramona du Houx)
Gov. John Baldacci {photo by Ramona du Houx)
Maine’s first Governor’s Job Summit brought together individuals representing over 70 businesses from across Maine. Multinational companies attended alongside longstanding Maine businesses like Kenway Corporation. The purpose of the summit, cohosted by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, was to discuss effective ways to increase job creation.

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President Obama’s steps to boost biofuels, clean coal

March 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Business & Innovation, Energy Issues, Issue 25, Maine's green energy potential

Governor Baldacci toured Maine Bio-Fuel, Inc. of Portland last fall. With the news of the grants, the company’s co-owner, Dean Sgouros, said, “It means survival ... Now we can expand.” {photo by du Houx}
Governor Baldacci toured Maine Bio-Fuel, Inc. of Portland last fall. With the news of the grants, the company’s co-owner, Dean Sgouros, said, “It means survival ... Now we can expand.” {photo by du Houx}
In February President Barack Obama announced a series of steps his administration is taking as part of its comprehensive strategy to enhance American energy independence, while building a foundation for a new, clean-energy economy.

At a meeting with a bipartisan group, including Governor John Baldacci, the president laid out three measures that will work in concert to boost biofuels production and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

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Maine’s Industrial Grant Program

March 21st, 2010 · 4 Comments · Business & Innovation, Community Maine, Energy Issues, Issue 25, Maine's green energy potential

Verso Paper Corp. in Bucksport employs 1,300 workers. According to Bill Cohen, Verso’s spokesman, the $2 million grant will help them become more energy efficient and competitive in the global economy  {photo by du Houx)
Verso Paper Corp. in Bucksport employs 1,300 workers. According to Bill Cohen, Verso’s spokesman, the $2 million grant will help them become more energy efficient and competitive in the global economy {photo by du Houx)
Business has realized, “going green” leads to increased revenues. It’s simple, in Maine the two largest expenses for businesses are the cost of heat and electricity. If you lower these expenses, you have more money to reinvest in your business.

That energy transformation requires funding. For 16 projects, investments from Maine’s Industrial Grant Program will jumpstart their energy-efficient plans.

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