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$7M solar farm in Caribou will power six commercial customers in Maine

By Associated Press

A $7 million solar farm in Caribou, Maine will power six large commercial customers in the state, following a statewide initiative to develop renewable energy projects in the last three years.


Groups urge bigger targets, more equity as RGGI states consider changes

By Lisa Prevost

As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, undergoes a thorough review by participating states, environmental advocates are demanding more ambitious emission reduction targets and a mandate for equitable distribution of the revenues.


Clam industry growing as climate change warms Gulf of Maine

By Associated Press

The Bangor Daily News reports northern quahogs are among the state’s fisheries that have seen increased harvest volumes and values over the past decade.


The lobster trap

By Penelope Overton Photo: Brianna Soukup , Portland Press Herald

A hard rain falls all around Johnny McCarthy, beading across the sprawling deck of his brand-new lobster boat, as he steers around the hidden threat of Folly Ledge through an ink-black night and into his home port.


Amid a flood of solar applications, Maine seeks a more targeted approach

By David Thill Photo: Allagash Brewing , Creative Commons

Two years after opening the gates for small-scale renewable development in Maine, officials now have to figure out how to situate new projects in prime spots on the grid.


After Maine voters reject transmission line to Massachusetts, a lawsuit is filed and uncertainty reigns

By Sabrina Shankman Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/associated Press

The day after Maine voters passed a referendum to reject a transmission line that would bring hydroelectric power from Canada to Massachusetts, one of the companies behind the project sued to overturn the vote.

The transmission line, known as the New England Clean Energy Connect, is a key part of Massachusetts’ plans to combat global warming. The hydroelectric power would help slash carbon emissions in the state by half before the end of the decade.


Challenges facing Maine lobster industry are no joke

Photo: Robert F. Bukaty , AP

Saturday was national lobster day. A day to celebrate the tasty crustacean from … New Hampshire?


Stepping forward: Young Mainers leading on issues from climate to criminal justice

By Evan Popp

Maine may be the oldest state in the country. But a burgeoning movement of progressive youth making their voices heard on issues ranging from climate change to criminal justice reform — combined with a growing number of young legislators in Augusta — is leaving an unmistakable imprint on the state’s politics.


Mainers want action on climate change. The Build Back Better Act will deliver it.

Photo: George Danby , BDN

Rep. Genevieve McDonald, a lobster boat captain, represents District 134 in the Maine House of Representatives. She is the House chair of the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee and a member of the Marine Resources Committee.


Puffin chick survival rate plummets on Maine’s coastal islands

By Ethan Genter Photo: Robert F. Bukaty , AP

This past year was a particularly bad one for the young Atlantic puffins that nest on Maine’s coastal islands.