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LePage blasts Democrat's solar plan, seeks to expand rebates for heating conversions by increasing state timber harvest
Bangor Daily News
Gov. Paul LePage launched a fusillade of criticism against the state Legislature's Democratic majority for supporting bills that promote solar energy during one of the coldest winters in recent history. Rolling out a new proposal on energy, LePage said the focus of "liberal" lawmakers on solar is misplaced as many Maine residents are "freezing" in their homes.
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Lawmakers question motives behind state's plan to raise timber-harvesting limits on public lands
Bangor Daily News
Members of the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee recently questioned the motives behind the Bureau of Parks and Land's intention to increase the limit for timber harvesting on public lands over the next two years.
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6 New England governors accused of 'backroom' power deals
Portland Press Herald
A Boston environmental group is challenging how energy policy is coordinated by New England's six governors, saying the state leaders are conducting private negotiations with the energy industry. The Conservation Law Foundation has submitted public records requests in the region's six states. It said a plan by the governors that focuses on natural gas and hydropower from Canada "appears to be the product of backroom deal-making rather than sound public policy informed by open dialogue."
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Industry Headlines



Wholesale power in New England cost 55 percent more last year
Portland Press Herald
A lack of pipelines into New England is making natural gas costlier, pushing up wholesale electricity prices in the region by 55 percent last year, the region's electric grid operator said recently. The average price of wholesale electric energy rose to $56.06 per megawatt hour, up from a historic low of $36.09 in 2012, ISO-New England said.
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Corinth Pellets to pursue $7 million expansion
Mainbiz
State officials announced Corinth Pellets has qualified for incentives under the state's Pine Tree Development Zone and Employment Tax Increment Financing program as part of its plan to invest more than $7 million in an expansion of its manufacturing facility.
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2014 Maine Indoor Air Quality Conference
Maine Indoor Air Quality Council
The Maine Indoor Air Quality Conference is the largest IAQ conference in northern New England. Diverse professionals throughout the region come together to share new and proven concepts for achieving safe and healthy indoor environments. If you design, build, operate or maintain buildings, if you work in residential, educational, commercial or industrial environments, if you provide consulting and professional services, or if you manage policy or public health infrastructure for Maine citizens, this conference is for you.
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Clean energy views add heat to Maine governor's race
Portland Press herald
Renewable energy emerged as an early issue in this year's race for governor, and it was immediately clear that voters will have stark choices in November between the energy policies of the three major candidates. In speeches at unrelated events, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democrats' candidate, fully embraced renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, while Republican Gov. Paul LePage derided "green energy" as too costly for consumers and driving the loss of manufacturing jobs.
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Maine pellet mill plans upgrade, new jobs
Kennebec Journal
Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration says a Maine pellet manufacturing facility will get a major upgrade and 18 new jobs. The Department of Economic and Community Development says Corinth Pellets will invest as much as $7 million in the Penobscot County mill. LePage officials say they’ve been working closely with the company on the expansion.
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Heavy opposition delays Portland vote on plastic foam ban, bag fee
Portland Press Herald
Portland business owners and statewide trade groups showed up in force recently to testify against proposals to ban plastic foam and assess a 10-cent fee on paper and plastic bags, prompting a City Council committee to postpone its vote. During a public hearing at City Hall, the business groups, which held a sparsely attended news conference earlier, urged the council’s Transportation, Sustainability and Energy Committee to focus on education and more practical litter reduction efforts, such as offering recycling containers with lids.
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