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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla

    1) Today we hear some audio from Saturday’s Penobscot River Rally and Flotilla on the Bangor Waterfront, where people gathered to support the Penobscot Tribe’s struggle for continued stewardship of the River, and other local and statewide struggles for clean water and clean energy.
    2) Over 30 organizations co-sponsored the event, which showed support for the Penobscot Nation’s efforts to retain sovereignty and stewardship on the section of the river passing through their island territory. In 2012, the Maine Attorney General’s office sought to establish that section as State territory. The Tribe has sued the State in an on going legal case: Penobscot Nation v Attorney General Janet Mills.
    3) Speakers broadcast in this program address the Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion in Old Town and the dumping of toxic leachate into the Penobscot River and on state bills and policies that could support or paralyze the development of solar energy in Maine.

    Ed Spencer, Old Town resident, logger and intervenor in Juniper Ridge Landfill expansion process
    Dawn Neptune Adams, Penobscot tribal member and activist
    Fred Greenhalgh, ReVision Energy and solar activist
    Jim Freeman, Flotilla organizer, Alliance for the Common Good,

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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  • Producer/Host: Steve Kahl
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Alternative Energy: Solar PV policy in the current legislature

    Key Discussion Points
    a) net metering
    b) proposed PUC rules
    c) solar Power Purchase Agreements

    Chuck Piper, Sundog Solar
    Vaughn Woodruff, Insource Renewables
    Holly Noyes, Revision Energy

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  • Host: Ron Beard, Emeritus Professor, University of Maine
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: A Climate to Thrive seeks energy independence for Mount Desert Island

    Key Discussion Points:

    1. A climate to thrive is working on “energy independence” by 2030… what does that mean? What is most compelling about solar energy in the pursuit of energy independence?
    2. What are the main elements of your solar work, including Solarize MDI?
    3. What is the Community Energy Center at College of the Atlantic, and what projects does it carry out?
    4. What are some of the barriers facing community solar initiatives? How are you working to surmount those barriers? A Recent Maine PUC Ruling is negative long-term but provides an incentive for installing solar in 2017.
    5. What advice do you have for listeners in other communities?
    6. Given your longer term vision of energy independence, what are your mid-term hopes… what would you like to see happening over the next five years.

    Joe Blotnick, Coordinator, A Climate to Thrive
    Gary Friedmann, Chair, A Climate to Thrive Advisory Board, Town Councilor, Bar Harbor
    Anna Demeo, College of the Atlantic, Director of Energy Education and Management

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  • Producer/Host: Steve Kahl
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Renewable energy

    Program Topic: Solar, wind, inverters, and energy storage

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) solar bill pending in legislature
    b) residential wind power
    c) storage of renewable energy

    Guests by name and affiliation:
    Hans Albee, Revision Energy
    Chip Means, Pika Energy

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  • Producer/Host: C.J. Walke
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Organic Food and Farming in Maine

    Program Topic: Solar Energy on Maine Farms

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) History of renewable energy production on farms
    b) Production of solar energy
    c) Cultural considerations

    Bill Behrens, ReVision Energy, Liberty, ME
    Anna Demeo, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
    Steven Katona, MDI Clean Energy Partners, Bar Harbor, ME

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    As the state legislative session is coming to a close, today we take a look at the status of some of the legislation we’ve been reporting on – and that the Natural Resources Council of Maine has been tracking—with NRCM’s Senior Director of Advocacy, Pete Didisheim. FMI: www.nrcm.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    The state legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Energy & Utilities held a public hearing on Tuesday on LD1652, “An Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine”
    This bill has been chosen as a priority bill by Maine’s Environmental Priorities Coalition, a partnership of 28 environmental, conservation, and public health organizations, representing over 100,000 members, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine. They say that if passed, this legislation will make solar power “more accessible and affordable for Maine people”. Today on the News Report we’re bringing you some of the testimony from the public hearing

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Solar panels from Unity College to the White House

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