The state should have a better handle on this by now: How much should Maine spend to incentivize the use of solar energy to ensure the greatest return, relative to the energy needs of Maine, and how should those incentives be structured? How does solar fit within the state’s long-term energy goals?
BRUNSWICK — Maine has endured a great deal of winter this winter. No one is more familiar with the challenges of winter weather than the 350 members of the Maine Energy Marketers Association, who work every day to ensure we all have dependable access to the energy we need to heat our homes and power our economy.
This has been a cold winter — and ratepayers shouldn't expect their electricity costs to thaw anytime soon. (Marc Brown, executive director of the New England Ratepayers Association, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting ratepayers in New England)
Connecticut is considering a visionary bill that will greatly expand access to solar energy throughout the state. HB 5412 allows for billing arrangements to support groups of residents to band together to create and utilize a single renewable energy system for a group of households or businesses.
It started with conversations, then a statement of cooperation. We’re pleased to see the governors of the six New England states have taken their pledge to jointly tackle regional energy issues one step further.
One day, there will be an offshore wind energy industry in the United States. Maine can either prepare for it now — by fostering a stable environment for related business, technology and education growth — or lose later. New industries with potential to create thousands of jobs do not come to the Pine Tree State often.
For many years there was no question that the air in Eliot was polluted by coal-burning Schiller Station, just across the Piscataqua River in New Hampshire. You could see tiny black particles that were carried in the air and that would collect on walls, windows, cars and the surface of puddles.