Environment

  • Franklin OK’s another solar project

    Franklin OK’s another solar project

    The project is “participating in a state incentive program” and will provide power to small- and medium-sized businesses in Versant Power’s district, Bailey said. Per the project’s agreement with Versant, “We know we will be able to interconnect the system without causing any major upgrades to the grid,” he explained.

  • DEP delays plastic bag ban

    DEP delays plastic bag ban

    ELLSWORTH — A statewide ban on single-use plastic carry-out bags scheduled to go into effect Jan. 15, 2021, and the polystyrene foam disposable food service container ban scheduled to go into effect Jan.1, 2021, have been delayed due to the pandemic. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced it is delaying enforcement of

  • 2,200 acres Downeast added to Forestry Foundation network

    2,200 acres Downeast added to Forestry Foundation network

    ELLSWORTH — A Downeast forestland property totaling 2,200 acres in Washington County has been added to the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) network of forests. The Venture Brook Community Forest abuts the Dennys River corridor, and the streams and wetlands on the property provide clean water for native Atlantic salmon and brook trout. “NEFF conserved

  • Feasibility study highlights ways to extend Ellsworth Ped/Bike Trail

    Feasibility study highlights ways to extend Ellsworth Ped/Bike Trail

    ELLSWORTH — The effort to connect the Ellsworth Pedestrian/Bike Trail to the Downeast Sunrise Trail continues to inch forward with findings of a feasibility study, presented at a Dec. 10 virtual public hearing. Representatives from the South Portland office of VHB, a planning, transportation, land development, energy and environmental services firm, outlined their findings, along

  • Final plan for Bucksport Road solar farm approved

    Final plan for Bucksport Road solar farm approved

    ELLSWORTH — A 42-acre solar farm proposed on Bucksport Road found unanimous approval from the Ellsworth Planning Board on Dec. 2, with two conditions still to be met, the issuance of a performance bond and the Department of Environmental Protection permit. The DEP is currently reviewing the permit application, said Chris Byers of Boyle Associates,

  • Potential recycling plant buyers down to three

    Potential recycling plant buyers down to three

    HAMPDEN — The number of interested buyers for the waste and recycling plant in Hampden has been whittled down to three, Municipal Review Committee (MRC) members announced at a town hall meeting on Sept. 30. “All three assume a closing before the end of the year,” said MRC Executive Director Michael Carroll. The plant shut down in

  • PUC Commission OK’s wind and solar projects

    PUC Commission OK’s wind and solar projects

    CLIFTON — The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved contracts for 17 renewable power projects on Sept. 22, including a 20-megawatt (MW) wind farm known as Silver Maple Wind in Clifton and a 100-MW solar project in Hancock known as Three Rivers Solar. The PUC approved a contract for SWEB Development’s Silver Maple Wind that includes

  • Conservancy looking to preserve 1,400 acres in Hancock

    HANCOCK — Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) is hoping to raise a total of $900,000 to preserve 1,400 acres in Hancock as part of a larger 4,500-acre conservation project. “To find a larger, intact property like this is becoming less and less frequent,” said FBC Land Protection Manager Kat Deely. “The fact that that land is

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