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Maine Launches Green Power Program 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission and 3Degrees, a leading renewable energy provider, announced the launch of Maine Green Power, a new, statewide, green power program. Maine Green Power provides residential and commercial customers the opportunity to support Maine-produced renewable energy by ensuring that electricity consumed in their homes and businesses is matched by electricity generated through renewable resources located in Maine. This program effectively allows Maine consumers to purchase locally produced, renewable energy.

MPUC Chairman Welch explained that “Maine has abundant hydro, wind, biomass and other renewable energy resources” and that “Maine Green Power will enable our state’s residents and businesses to encourage further local development of these resources by choosing to power their homes and businesses with renewable energy generated in Maine.”

According to the MPUC, Maine Green Power participants will be able to ensure that the electricity they use at their homes or businesses is matched, in whole or in part, by electricity generated through Maine renewable resources. Qualifying renewable resources include solar, hydro, wind, biomass, tidal, geothermal and fuels cells that utilize landfill gas or agricultural biogas. Maine Green Power will be available to Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Maine Public Service Company customers.

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Maine BEP Denies Appeal of Oakfield Wind Power Project

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection voted unanimously yesterday to deny an appeal of First Wind’s 50-turbine Oakfield Wind Power project, affirming that the project complies with all relevant Maine DEP regulatory standards.  The appellants’ primary argument was that the project would have an unreasonably adverse visual impact on a golf course, a yoga center, and two lakes in the vicinity of the project.  The Board rejected that claim, as well as the appellants’ other claims related to wildlife, wetlands and financial capacity.  This was the sixth consecutive appeal of a wind power project that the Board has denied.  First Wind was represented by Verrill Dana attorneys Juliet Browne and Gordon Smith.    


Mars Hill Wind – Five Years in Operation

First Wind’s Mars Hill Wind Farm celebrated its 5th birthday on March 27. The turbines at Mars Hill have produced more than 627,000 megawatt-hours of energy since they began operating in 2007. They generate enough power to supply an average of 20,000 Maine homes per year.


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