Yearly Archives: 2016

Attorney General’s statement regarding Legislative Council approval of construction within the Capitol Area

Attorney General Janet T. Mills issued the following statement regarding the statutory requirement for the Legislative Council to approve construction of state buildings within the Capitol Area, which includes the Riverview campus and a proposed new forensic facility

Pingree says Dr. Ben Carson not qualified to serve as Secretary of Housing and...

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree released the following statement today on news that President-elect Trump has chosen surgeon Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Maine Chairman Discusses Infrastructure Challenges as Part of National Panel

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) announced today that Chairman Mark Vannoy recently participated as part of a nationally-recognized panel representing the state commission perspective on infrastructure challenges facing the nation.

Maine Real Estate & Development Association Elects Michael Lane to its Board of Directors

Michael Lane of Richmond, partner at Preti Flaherty, has been elected to the board of directors of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers.

Collins, King Welcome $4.4 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure for Boothbay Harbor and Vassalboro

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it is investing $4.4 million to assist the Boothbay Harbor Sewer District and Vassalboro Sanitary District. Boothbay Harbor will receive a $450,000 Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan and a $150,000 grant, and Vassalboro will receive a $2,113,000 Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan and a $1,700,000 grant.

Renovation of Neglected Rosa True School Expands Affordable Housing Options in Portland

As the proverb goes, big things often come in small packages. For Portland developer Kevin Bunker, the City of Portland, Maine Housing, and Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), the historic Rosa True School in the city’s East End represents not just an architecturally important building, but a resource to society as well

Collins, King Announce More Than $3.6 Million in Grants for Community Development

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that five Maine organizations have been awarded a total of $3,649,544 through the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program and the Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) Program.

Aging, Housing and Construction Sector Leaders Release List of More Than 160 State Legislative...

More than 160 candidates for the 128th Maine Legislature - Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike - have signed a pledge to support legislation which would release the proceeds of the voter-approved Senior Affordable Housing Bond, if Governor LePage fails to do so by the time the next legislative session begins

MaineHousing commits $250,000 for drought relief

In response to concerns expressed by Governor Paul R. LePage for the hardships faced by families affected by the ongoing drought, MaineHousing, in partnership with the state’s community action agencies, is making $250,000 available to provide drought relief to income-eligible households without potable water

Collins, King Announce More Than $750,000 Federal Investment in Sanford Broadband Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the City of Sanford will receive $769,209 in grant...

Electricity Supply Prices Set for Standard Offer Service in Emera Maine – Maine Public...

In a competitive solicitation concluded today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (“Commission”) set new prices for standard offer electricity supply for customers of Emera Maine – Maine Public District (Emera Maine) who receive standard offer supply service. The new prices are effective November 1, 2016

Maine Public Utilities Commission Issues Proposed Rule on Customer Net Energy Billing

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (Commission) approved a Notice of Rulemaking today on Chapter 313, the Customer Net Energy Billing Rule. The Commissioners approved issuing for comment a proposed Rule that would make several changes to Chapter 313. Under the Commission's current Rule, generation from a customer’s generating facility may be used as a kWh credit (currently energy plus transmission and distribution charges) to offset that customer’s electricity usage. The major changes to the proposed Rule beginning in January 2017 are summarized below

Westbrook company gets $875,000 solar energy grant to improve smart grid technology

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said today that Pika Energy in Westbrook is getting a $875,000 Department of Energy Grant to improve technology for managing electric grids to take advantage of solar power and other sources of clean energy

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Auction Complete

The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s first market-based regulatory program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, today announced the results of the 33rd auction of carbon dioxide (CO2) allowances. The September 7th auction was the third auction of 2016, and generated $67.7 million. There were 14,911,315 CO2 allowances were sold at the auction at a clearing price of $4.54. Bids for allowances ranged from $2.10 to $12.65 per allowance.

Pingree says Maine clean energy company to get $5.4 million federal grant

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said today that Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) headquartered in Portland is getting a $5.35 million Department of Energy grant to finish development of the commercial design of its TidGen Power System. The new design will be tested, operated and monitored in Washington County. This DOE funded project is a critical next step in the eventual deployment of the company's proposed 5MW Maine Tidal Energy Project.


Maine Real Estate & Development Association Names New President and Announces...

Paul Peck, attorney at Drummond & Drummond and real estate developer with LWS Development LLC is the new president of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), a statewide organization of commercial real estate owners, developers and related service providers. Founded in 1985, MEREDA promotes responsible development and ownership of real estate in Maine through legislative advocacy, educational programs and professional networking opportunities.


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