Environment and Outdoors

Wind farm approval
4:09 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Maine's High Court Allows Grand Falls Wind Farm

GRAND FALLS TOWNSHIP, Maine - Maine's highest court is upholding a state Board of Environmental Protection decision to give a developer the go-ahead to build a wind farm on Passadumkeag Ridge in Grand Falls Township.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling on Tuesday that affirmed the board's decision. The nonprofit Passadumkeag Mountain Friends had appealed the board's decision. The group argued that an earlier decision by the Department of Environmental Protection to deny the wind farm a permit should stand up.

Energy efficiency
4:03 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

4 New England States in Top 10 for Efficiency

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Four New England states have been ranked in the top 10 nationally for their energy efficiency efforts.

Massachusetts led the way in the annual ranking by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, with Rhode Island and Vermont tied with Oregon in the No. 3 spot and Connecticut ranked No. 6.

In the region, only New Hampshire and Maine were excluded from the top 10, with Maine ranked 16th and New Hampshire 22nd.

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Environment and Outdoors
5:54 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Maine Ocean Acidification Group to Issue Report

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine committee charged with studying the impacts of ocean acidification on the state's environment is expected to issue a draft of its recommendations.

The Maine Ocean Acidification Study Commission is meeting on Tuesday in Augusta to finish the draft. A spokeswoman says the commission will likely make a final vote on the recommendations Nov. 12. The 16-member council will report findings to the state legislature's Marine Resources Committee.

Environment and Outdoors
6:16 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Bowdoin Completes Solar System

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Construction of Maine's largest solar power complex is complete with the installation of a ground-mount array at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The system comprised of more than 4,000 solar panels at four locations will produce 1.2 megawatts of power, or about 8 percent of the needs of Bowdoin College.

College President Barry Mills said the partnership with SolarCity "reduces Bowdoin's dependence on fossil fuels and makes sense for the college economically."

Record warmth
1:13 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Balmy Maine: Caribou Hits 74 on Wednesday

PORTLAND, Maine - The balmy weather is clinging to Maine for one final day before cooler weather returns.

The National Weather Service says the temperature climbed to 74 degrees on Tuesday in Caribou, breaking the old record for the date of 71 degrees, set back in 1956.

Richard Norton from the weather office says Maine continues to enjoy warm weather in advance of a front that'll arrive Wednesday, bringing cooler temperatures and some rain.