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Gov. Janet Mills is launching an effort to test whether the midcoast town of Searsport has potential as a hub for the development of wind energy off Maine's coast.

New Hampshire Company Plans 5-Megawatt Solar Array In Belfast

Mar 11, 2020
Dave Kolpack / Associated Press/via Bangor Daily News

BELFAST, Maine — A New Hampshire-based development company hopes to turn 20 acres of hayfield here into a solar array that could generate enough electricity to power roughly 1,400 households.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine - According to the United States Geological Survey, three small earthquakes have been recorded in New Hampshire and Maine since Sunday morning. A 2.2-magnitude earthquake was reported Monday morning near Mount Vernon in Maine.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Dozens of Bath residents questioned state wildlife officials Thursday about a proposal to trap and euthanize animals in the city to deal with an outbreak of rabies.

GRAY, Maine - Many New England residents enjoyed record warmth on Tuesday.

PORTLAND, Maine - One of the most popular fish with recreational anglers on the East Coast will be subject to new fishing restrictions.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a Topsham-based conservation organization, is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the completion of a six-year campaign to raise $125-million.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

A messy storm lashed Maine Thursday with heavy rain, snow and gusty winds, knocking out power to homes and businesses, and prompting flood advisories and local school closings. Heavy rain fell along the coast, while up to a foot of snow is expected in the north and mountains.

Olivia Sun / NPR

Taxpayers in communities all across Maine are having to pay more and more to dispose of product packaging like cardboard boxes, plastic containers and food wrapping. 

Invasive Crazy Worms Are Snaking Their Way Across Maine

Feb 27, 2020
Courtesy University of Wisconsin / via Bangor Daily News

As Maine’s state horticulturist, Gary Fish is no stranger to calls from people reporting observations and asking questions about pests they have found on their property. But a call from a Patten resident last week about Asian crazy worms (Amynthas agrestis) really got his attention.

Nick Ut / AP File

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is creating a half-million dollar pilot program to encourage the buildout of electric vehicle charging stations in Maine. Roughly half the funds will allow the Efficiency Maine Trust to provide rebates of $4,000 for the purchase and installation of 60 publicly accessible charging stations.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine conservation officials are asking residents in the state to take a few steps to cut down the spread of invasive species.

New England Aquarium 2008

New acoustic monitors off Maine's coast have detected the presence of North Atlantic right whales this winter. Scientists are trying to gather new data on the endangered animals' whereabouts.

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Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced efforts to bar a class of chemicals used in refrigerators and air conditioning that are a growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Toby Talbot / AP File

A consortium of Maine businesses, the University of Maine and, possibly, the city of Portland could band together to procure a slug of solar energy that could power as many as 40,000 homes.