Entries Filed in 'Issue 27'

$30.5 million in federal grants supporting Maine transportation infrastructure

October 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Issue 27

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $30.5 million in federal grants to support two important transportation projects in Maine. As part of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER II, grant program, the joint effort between Maine and New Hampshire to replace the Memorial Bridge was awarded $20 million. The federal government also awarded $10.5 million to support Maine’s efforts to save the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, which was threatened with abandonment.

“The Memorial Bridge and the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway are critical to Maine’s economy,” said Governor Baldacci.

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The state of business in Maine

September 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Community Maine, Economy, Issue 27, Maine's green energy potential

Earlier this week I addressed two of Maine’s regional chambers of commerce: the Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. It’s important to recognize Maine businesses – both large and small – for what they do every day to keep the Maine economic engine working. And for all the support they give to the communities where they play such a critical role.

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Tidal power Maine Company receives $10 million from DOE

September 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Energy Issues, Issue 27, Maine's green energy potential

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Ocean Renewable Power Company $10 million to fund a key part of their commercial-scale tidal energy development project in Cobscook Bay.

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Maine Builds International Recognition for Wind Energy

September 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Energy Issues, Issue 27, Maine's green energy potential

Author Paul Williamson discusses The Baltic I Offshore Wind Farm with crew
If you ever travel worldwide you recognize that Maine is not often included in international discussions. However, Maine is developing a very strong international reputation for wind energy. At the recent North Atlantic Offshore conference in Rostock Germany, Maine was repeatedly referenced in presentations by European and American representatives.

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RGGI Auction Brings over $1.7 million to Maine for Energy Efficiency Programs

September 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Business & Innovation, Energy Issues, Issue 27, Maine's green energy potential

Maine will receive $1,739,963 from the 9th Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Auction, part of a regional cap-and-trade program used to regulate greenhouse gases. RGGI, Inc.—the non-profit which administers the RGGI auctions–announced the news today. In all, Maine has earned a total of $22,212,477 since the first auction two years ago in September 2008.

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DOE to award $4.5million to Maine for retrofits

September 9th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Business & Innovation, Energy Issues, Issue 27, Maine's green energy potential

Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the investment of $28.5 million to 12 states and territories to support energy efficiency projects that will lower energy bills, boost job growth, and increase investment in companies that deliver energy-saving technologies.

Maine will be awarded $4,538,571 for retrofits.

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MPUC approves CMP transmission line for record hill wind project in Roxbury

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments · Energy Issues, Issue 27, Maine's green energy potential

Today the Maine Public Utilities Commission voted to grant conditional approval for Central Maine Power (CMP) to upgrade a section of its transmission system near Roxbury, ME.

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Madison Paper Industries is planning to install a $25 million biomass boiler—

August 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Energy Issues, Issue 27, Maine's green energy potential

Back in 2007 Governor John Baldacci visited Madison Paper Industries and listened to the companies concerns. Transportation and energy costs were major expenses that threatened the industries future. The Governor and his team recommended installing a biomass boiler, to save energy— and funds.

In January the company received a $357,000 grant from Efficiency Maine for a $25 million biomass boiler.

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Affordable Care Act Program Helps Maine Employers and Unions Cover Early Retirees

August 31st, 2010 · No Comments · Health Care, Issue 27

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced the first round of applicants accepted into the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.

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In this issue: Maine’s future starts now!

August 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Issue 27

Maine is special — community is all-important. Homegrown nonprofits, working with the State and federal government, preserve land, help citizens, and strive for a better future.

That future is being built now— with a million acres protected under the Baldacci administration, railroads expanding, new manufacturers coming to the state who need the expertise of Maine workers, and the clean-energy economy taking root.

This revolutionary energy economy has Maine leading the nation in energy research and development, weatherizing homes, and building businesses. Clean energy is already being generated from wind, waves, and wood.

Gov. John Baldacci talks about Maine's clean energy future


Exclusive interview with Governor John Baldacci on how energy independence from fossil fuels is possible – by working regionally

ISO New England says regional energy collaborations make sense

$7 million to install energy-efficient appliances and heating systems

EDITORIAL: Energy independence from fossil fuels — no longer a pipe dream

Energy Secretary Chu is impressed with Maine’s AEWC research center

Chu’s visit puts $20 million in proposed federal budget

Maine leads the world- in how to measure carbon savings

Maine a hit at world’s largest wind conference

ORPC produces tidal energy- in Eastport, Maine

Incentives for weatherization- up to $4,500 BACK

An exclusive interview with Gov. John Baldacci on the national deficit, the economy, and the future

An exclusive interview with Congressman Mike Michaud on veterans’ affairs, paper manufacturing, and health care

Sustainable forestry is profitable: Maine has 7.5 million acres certified

Congressman Mike Michaud at an Oval Office bill signing. Michaud talks about his efforts in D.C.

Kestrel Aircraft Co. plans to build niche turboprop at Brunswick Landing

Expansion of the Amtrak Downeaster from Boston to Brunswick gets underway


Rangeley area community celebrates preserving land and its heritage

Florence House: Giving homeless women a second chance, in Portland, Maine

New community service grants