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‘Smart meter’ opponents take fight to Maine’s top court

By: Walter Wuthmann | A citizens group is appealing a decision by the Maine Public Utilities Commission on “smart meters” to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters believes the PUC’s decision does not do enough to protect the public’s health and safety. It wants the high court to roll … Read more

Maine Governor Seeks to Reverse Restructuring

By: Josh Kessler | Maine Governor Paul LePage says that restructuring has failed and wants to overhaul the state’s electricity market, according to the Bangor Daily News. He is proposing to allow transmission and distribution utilities to build and acquire generation assets, as they did prior to restructuring. Maine Public Broadcasting News reported that LePage … Read more

LePage aims to cut prices, transform Maine’s energy future

By: ALANNA DURKIN | Maine became the regional wind power leader under Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, but change is in the air as Gov. Paul LePage makes an aggressive push away from his predecessor’s renewable energy policies. The outspoken Republican, who says wind power is too expensive, is looking to hydropower from Canada and natural … Read more

Maine May Create Smart Grid Data Portal

By Josh Kessler | This week, a working group recommended the creation of an online portal to allow customers to share their energy data with retail providers in Central Maine Power’s service territory, according to Energy Choice Matters. Customers who chose to enroll in the Electricity Supplier Marketplace would share their contact and hourly energy … Read more

Maine PUC reverses course, will take second look at two wind power deals

By: Ethan Howland | Pointing to recent changes in the power markets, the Maine Public Utilities Commission decided Wednesday to take a second look at term sheets approved in December for power purchase agreements from two wind farms. PUC Commissioner David Littell, who voted against the move, said reopening previously approved agreements could keep generators … Read more

Maine electricity costs to go down

By: Maine Sun Journal | As gasoline prices drop to under $2 a gallon in some parts of Maine, consumers got more good news Tuesday. The cost of electricity for residents and small- and medium-size businesses is going down, according to prices set by the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The PUC announced Tuesday new prices … Read more

Maine’s volatile electricity costs spike again for businesses

By: Charles Eichacker | In his office overlooking the Union River, James Marcos was venting about energy costs. He’s the general manager of Maine Shellfish Co., a seafood processing and freezing company on Water Street where forklifts and yellow box trucks often jockey for space. It includes a lobster-picking plant, coolers and a freezer kept … Read more