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What's at stake in Maine's power struggle over energy?
Bangor Daily News
The push and pull between environmental groups trying to stave off the effects of global warming and their opponents who say climate change is a myth intensified when President Barack Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan earlier this month. In Maine, it has rekindled disagreements in Augusta about how energy and environmental policies should or should not intertwine.
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Could there be something missing in your apples-to-apples quote?
Federated Insurance
You are comfortable with the insurance program you currently have and you are good friends with the agent. But, what if another insurance provider asks for the opportunity to earn your business? Do you oblige, but firmly suggest an apples-to-apples quote?
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Legislative Updates



LePage: 'Liberal policies' to blame for Maine's high energy costs
Maine Public Broadcasting
In his weekly radio address Gov. Paul LePage has returned to a theme he has sounded over the last five years: that Maine's energy costs are too high and that the Maine Legislature is blocking his efforts to lower them. There's little dispute over the fact that Maine's electricity costs are among the highest in the nation, and that consumers bear the brunt. Gov. Paul LePage has proposed a number of changes in state policy that he says would address the cost issue, and in his weekly radio address he again criticizes the legislature for not doing its part.
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Maine monitors bid to transmit power from Quebec through New Hampshire
Bangor Daily News
Energy sector officials in New Hampshire took another recent swing at landing a share of a lucrative energy contract with southern New England states in an impending bidding war that is likely to attract companies from Maine. The Northern Pass project would transmit power generated by hydroelectric plants in Quebec through New Hampshire. The 192-mile energy transmission cable plan has been under development for years but has encountered resistance because of the environmental impact it would have in the White Mountain National Forest, the Appalachian Trail and Franconia Notch, among other scenic recreation areas.
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Summit scales back 2015 Kennebec valley pipeline construction plans
CentralMaine
Summit Natural Gas of Maine has scaled back its planned Kennebec valley build-out, citing a lack of demand because of low oil prices. "The level of interest for new conversions isn't as high as we thought or hoped it would be," said Mike Duguay, Summit's director of business development. In May, the company laid out plans to expand its network of natural gas pipelines into areas of Augusta, Waterville and Fairfield. The expansion was part of an ambitious construction project to build a pipeline network from a 68-mile backbone pipeline stretching from Pittson to Madison.
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Kyoto protocol's carbon credit scheme 'increased emissions by 600m tonnes'
The Guardian
A key carbon offsetting scheme was so open to abuse that three quarters of its allowances lacked environmental integrity, a new report says. UN officials confirm the findings by the Stockholm Environment Institute that around 600m tonnes of carbon were wrongly emitted as a result, under the UNFCCC's Joint Implementation scheme.
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Summit slows natural gas project in Cumberland, Falmouth, Yarmouth
Bangor Daily News
The company expanding natural gas service to Cumberland, Falmouth and Yarmouth expects to reduce the project by 15 percent this year, a spokeswoman confirmed. "There are some areas where we decided not to move forward with the proposed build, but many areas that were added to the build based on demand," Summit Natural Gas said in a statement provided by Theresa Gilbert of Global Strategy Group.
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Heating oil prices lowest they've been in 10 years
WCSH-TV
According to the Governor's Energy Office, heating oil prices are the lowest they've been in 10 years. The average price per gallon has been $1.74, keeping delivery drivers at Cash Energy busy. Owner Les Thomas said they've been making three times the deliveries they usually do this time of year; many of them to new customers.
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Mill worker says energy prices must drop
Franklin Sun Journal
Lance Harvell has worked for International Paper Co., and then Verso Corp. at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay for 28 years. He does not know if he will have a job next year, after Verso implements its reduction of paper and pulp production. The company announced recently that it planned to eliminate about 300 jobs at the Jay mill and shut down the No. 1 pulp dryer and No. 2 paper machine beginning in the fourth quarter of this year.
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Mark Anderson: 'Renewable' energy — powerful words make us so stupid things
Bangor Daily News
The term "renewable" is now magical when applied to energy policy. We understand intuitively that fossil fuels are fixed, not renewable. Even if they are abundant now, every bit of coal, oil or natural gas we use means there is less available, and their use causes a host of environmental and national security problems. If an energy supply were renewable, it would be a desirable replacement for fossil fuels. This was the simple logic of the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, including a provision to establish a renewable fuel standard. Renewability equals goodness.
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Why oil prices could sink to $15 a barrel
CNN Money
Oil prices have already taken a dramatic fall that's saved consumers big time at the pump. Last week, crude tumbled below $42 a barrel, down from $100 last year. One big-name investor is predicting an even sharper drop. "There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest we have bottomed. You could have $15 or $20 oil — easily," influential money manager David Kotok told CNNMoney.
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Freeport 'farm' to harvest, share solar energy
The Forecaster
A community solar farm will soon be opening for residents who can't have solar panels at their homes. The solar farm will be at Maine Idyll Motor Court on U.S. Route 1. Construction expected to start in November. Nine shares in the farm are being sold by ReVision Energy of Portland. "Solar farms are really ideal for people who want to do solar, but can’t do it on their own property," Jennifer Hatch of ReVision said.
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Analysis: Outlook shifting for offshore wind farms
Portland Press Herald
Clean-energy advocates and many business leaders were dismayed last year when the federal Department of Energy passed over Maine for a $47 million grant to help build an experimental floating wind farm. Instead, competitors in New Jersey, Virginia and Oregon won the awards, dashing dreams of kick-starting a multibillion-dollar deep-water wind power industry off the Maine coast.
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A letter to the White House about the harmful impact of EPA's new proposal
Petroleum Marketers Association of America
PMAA is a federation of 47 state and regional trade associations representing approximately 8,000 independent petroleum marketers nationwide. These marketers own 96 percent of all retail gasoline stations operating in the U.S. PMAA members are engaged in the transport, storage and sale of petroleum products including gasoline, diesel fuels, kerosene, jet fuel, aviation gasoline, propane, racing fuel, lubricating oils and home heating oil at both the wholesale and retail level. PMAA members are the primary conduit for bringing petroleum products from the terminal rack to retail locations and represent a vital and indispensable link in the nation's petroleum distribution chain.
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