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Court denies utility watchdog's appeal of Bangor Gas ratemaking
Bangor Daily News
Maine's top court has upheld a decision to let Bangor Gas Co. continue using a rate structure based not on its service costs but on a policy goal of encouraging expansion of natural gas service in the state. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently issued its decision that the Maine Public Utilities Commission did not abuse its authority in allowing Bangor Gas to extend use of an alternative rate structure intended to help start-up utilities compete.
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Rockland, company sign property option for natural gas plant
Bangor Daily News
The company that wants to build a $200 million natural gas plant in the city has signed an option to purchase the properties where City Hall and the public services garage are located. The sale, however, is contingent on subsequent votes of the Rockland City Council and a public referendum after a purchase and sales agreement is reached with Rockland Energy Center LLC.
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The oil industry is acting like the worst is over
Business Insider
The oil industry is acting like the worst is over. Recently, oil prices fell to their lowest level in six years. But data from oil driller Baker Hughes and the Federal Reserve indicated that oil companies are starting to reverse their behavior of shutting down wells and halting production, a sign that some companies may think the worst is over for the oil market.
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Sea-3 officials confident about safety study
The Portsmouth Herald
Sea-3 Inc. officials are saying a study they were ordered to pay for by a state committee on their proposed expansion — along with a site visit — will show how safe the propane storage and distribution facility is. "The subcommittee's tour of the site and the third-party safety study should only confirm what we have been saying all along — we are proposing a safe, reliable way to make sure the people of New Hampshire get the propane they depend on each winter to heat their homes and businesses," said Paul Bogan, the Newington facility's vice president of operations.
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Germany struggles with too much renewable energy
Real Clear Energy
Since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany has been one of the few countries that have successfully moved away from nuclear energy. Germany has so far successfully shut down its nine units that had the capacity of generating enough power for at least 20 million homes in Europe. In fact, the contribution of nuclear power in Germany's electricity generation has now fallen to just 16 percent and renewables are now the preferred source of electricity generation in the country.
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South Portland poised to adopt 5-cent fee for one-use shopping bags
Portland Press Herald
The City Council is poised to replicate the Portland ordinance that bans the use of polystyrene and levies a 5-cent fee on one-time-use paper and plastic shopping bags. Mayor Linda Cohen said the ordinance will duplicate word for word the terms of Portland's ordinance, which became effective April 15 and was designed to cut down on litter and reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in Casco Bay and beyond. The bag fee applies to stores that derive 2 percent or more of their revenue from food sales.
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City targets Styrofoam, plastic bags
keepMEcurrent.com
The city of South Portland is likely to pass new ordinances that mirror those adopted by Portland last year, which charge a 5-cent fee for the use of plastic bags and ban Styrofoam food containers. At a recent workshop the four city councilors present all pledged their support for making plastic bag use more difficult by charging a fee and for banning the use of Styrofoam for both prepared and packaged foods.
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