Maine News

The following news clips highlight Maine involvement in recent renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and list in chronological order. Here you can scroll through of stories dating back to 2003. Alternatively, you can search state energy news by state and topic.

August 29, 2013

Maine Gets $1 Million Grant for Offshore Wind-Wave Generation System

The University of Maine, along with partners Maine Maritime Academy, and the Energy Department's Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, received nearly $1 million grant to design and construct a multidirectional wind-wave generating system. More

July 31, 2013

Maine, New York Biomass Plants Earn Sustainability Certification

Biomass-to-energy plants in Maine and New York have been certified as meeting sustainable standards by the nonprofit the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. More

April 10, 2013

New Database Shows Benefits of Energy Efficiency Programs

The Energy Department recognized a new publicly available database that offers federal, state, and local decision-makers information documenting the results of energy-efficiency programs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. More

September 19, 2012

First Ocean Energy Delivered to the U.S. Grid

The first grid-connected tidal power project in the United States is now delivering electricity to the utility grid from an underwater power system in Cobscook Bay, Maine. More

August 15, 2012

Interior Department to Review Proposal for First U.S. Floating Wind Turbine

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced it will begin reviewing a proposal to build the nation's first floating wind farm in deep water off Maine's coast. More

August 8, 2012

Six New England States Launch Regional Renewable Energy Initiative

The New England Governors' Conference has passed a resolution to launch a coordinated regional procurement of renewable energy. As a result, a request for proposals will be issued in 2013 for renewable energy projects in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. More

July 25, 2012

Maine Deploys First U.S. Commercial, Grid-Connected Tidal Energy Project

Energy Secretary Steven Chu recognized the nation's first commercial, grid-connected tidal energy project off the coast of Eastport, Maine. Leveraging a $10 million investment from the Energy Department, Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) will deploy its first commercial tidal energy device into Cobscook Bay this summer. More

May 9, 2012

Maine Project Takes Historic Step Forward in U.S. Tidal Energy Deployment

An Energy Department-supported pilot project that will generate electricity from Maine's ocean tides could be a game-changer for America's tidal energy industry at-large. More

April 30, 2012

Maine Launches Green Power Program

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) and 3Degrees announced the launch of Maine Green Power, a new state-wide voluntary green power program, which gives residents and businesses the opportunity to purchase locally produced renewable energy from solar, hydro, wind, biomass or other renewable energy projects located in the state. The Maine Green Power program will be available to customers of Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro Electric Company, and Maine Public Service Company. Maine Green Power participants can purchase green power in 500 kilowatt-hour blocks. More

March 7, 2012

California is Top Renewable State: Report

A new survey by Ernst & Young ranks California as the top state in terms of renewable energy suitability. More

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