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Maine Legal Food Hub Revs Up for Second Year
by Phelps Turner

The Maine Legal Food Hub, which provides pro bono legal assistance and training for farmers and food businesses, celebrates its second anniversary in 2017, kicking off the year with a presence, for the second year in a row, at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show January 10-12 in Augusta. On January 11 and 12, the CLF…

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Maine Rejects Big Gas’s Gamble – For Now
by Emily Green

Last week, the Maine Public Utilities Commission closed the latest chapter (for now) in the ongoing saga that is the demise of Spectra’s Access Northeast Project when it decided to indefinitely postpone its proceedings on the ill-conceived natural gas pipeline proposal. Previously, the Commission decided to move forward with a contract for natural gas capacity…

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Don’t Believe the Hype: Solar Power Benefits All Mainers
by Emily Green

Mainers like solar power, they want more of it, and they don’t want to change how solar panel owners are paid for it. That’s the take-home message of comments Maine residents submitted to the state’s Public Utilities Commission in its current proceeding to review how solar power customers are reimbursed for the power they produce.…

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Maine PUC Chooses Polluting Pipeline Over Consumers
by Ben Tettlebaum

The Maine Public Utilities Commission recently approved pursuing a contract that would force electricity consumers to subsidize Spectra Energy’s massive new polluting natural gas pipeline, Access Northeast (ANE). The PUC’s decision cuts deep into your pocketbook and sets Maine and New England on a course to upend our climate goals. One Billion Dollars Down the…

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The Risky Natural Gas Pipeline Mainers Don’t Know They’re On The Hook For

… Conservation Law Foundation attorney Ben Tettlebaum joins the Beacon podcast this week to discuss the decision by the members of the Maine Public Utilities Commission to ignore the recommendations of their own staff and potentially allow fossil fuel companies to bankroll a new, risky gas pipeline with public funds. “The fossil fuel industry hoodwinked the PUC…

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Maine PUC Recommends Rejecting Pipeline Gamble with Consumer Dollars
by Ben Tettlebaum

For two years, CLF has been fighting for the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to reject the natural gas industry’s ploy to keep the region addicted to natural gas by forcing consumers to pay for an unnecessary $1.5 billion pipeline. Now, the PUC’s own staff is recommending just that. Hot on the heels of the recent downfall of Kinder…

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Faces of Ocean Planning: Rebecca Clark Uchenna of the Island Institute
by Aimee Bushman

“Island life” is pretty unique. For some islanders, day-to-day life means relying on ferries to the mainland to go to work or buy groceries and other household goods. For many others, livelihoods depend on occupations deeply rooted in the sea – from fishing, to owning marine-oriented businesses, to preserving local maritime history and culture. Each island…

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Right Whales and Cashes Ledge: How to Make a Good Thing Last
by Tricia Jedele

In late January, North Atlantic right whales scored a big win when the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expanded the critical habitat for the endangered whale from 4,500 square nautical miles to 28,000 square nautical miles. The original area included only a portion of Cape Cod Bay and an area east of Nantucket near the Great…

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A Model for the Future: Maine Looks at Alternate Ways to Boost Solar Power Adoption
by Sean Mahoney

The world’s focus today is on how we can de-carbonize our power supply in ways that are good for people, our planet, and our global economy. There’s no question that solar power will play a key role in our transition to a clean-energy-fueled power grid here in the U.S. – but how to best adapt that grid to absorb dramatic growth in the number of solar-powered homes and businesses remains an open question.