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A hydro-electric generator in every beer bong.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  December 09, 2011

Year in Greenview

While eco-friendly initiatives gained some local traction this year, the national environmental picture was relatively bleak in 2010 — and stands to get even more depressing next year.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010
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Patrick Lynch’s labor problem

For Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch, candidate for governor, labor matters.
Unions
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 21, 2010

Where the wind blows

Thank you for the first nonpartisan, fact-based article I have read regarding the Cape Cod wind-farm project.
Letters to the Boston editor, May 21, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 21, 2010
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Cape Wind: It’s Complicated

Thousands of years ago, the terrain beneath what is now Nantucket Sound was dry, and populated by the ancestors of the Wampanoag people, who continue to revere it.
Obama gave the project a green light, but now the real fight begins.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  May 07, 2010
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A wind farm — and a governor’s legacy — hang in the balance

With Governor Carcieri’s second and final term coming to an end, it is time to think about the “L” word — legacy.
Not Easy Being Green
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 09, 2010


An unlikely clash: wind developers and environmentalists

The growing push for wind power in Rhode Island is creating friction between wind developers and an unlikely group of critics: environmentalists.
Wind Dept.
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  January 15, 2010

Idiot wind

Last spring, after the state Legislature rejected a bill that could have resulted in a wind farm being constructed on two undeveloped mountains in Redington Township, a lot of people in western Maine, figuring the controversial project was finally dead,
Airship of fools
By AL DIAMON  |  December 04, 2009
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The Mighty Wind

The Rhode Island recession, among the worst in the country, has become something of a national curiosity: how could such a little state be in such big trouble?
New England is answering Obama's clarion call and beginning to harvest its most viable renewable energy source. In Rhode Island, can Deepwater also blow life into our ailing economy?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 21, 2009
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Holding a finger to the wind

Across New England, there's currently less than 150 megawatts worth of wind turbines installed and operational. That's small change compared with what's happening in places such as Texas and California. But it's a whole lot more than existed just a few
An energy expert forecasts a blustery day ahead for the region
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 21, 2009
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Why wind power blows

The world is looking for a no-brainer solution to the 21st century's impending energy crisis, and wind power seems to provide many of the right answers.
Why we shouldn't overload our energy basket with wind eggs
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 21, 2009


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A mighty wind

This past Earth Day, President Barack Obama, speaking at an Iowa wind-turbine factory, delivered a gusty peroration. "The nation that leads the world in creating new energy sources will be the nation that leads the 21st-century global economy," he said.
New England plays catch-up in the green-energy race
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 21, 2009

Grappling with Going Green

Green energy," for most, is solar panels and wind turbines.
The waste-to-energy incinerator debate
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 12, 2009

Mountains, not windmills

I just read your article (" Transmission Troubles ," by Deirdre Fulton, February 13) in the Portland Phoenix, great article.
Portland Phoenix Letters: February 27, 2009
By Portland Phoenix Letters  |  February 25, 2009

What is to be done about transmission?

When thinking about improving electricity transmission, a few concepts come to mind.

By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 13, 2009
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Transmission troubles

Late last month, Maine's second large commercial wind farm officially opened at Stetson Mountain in the eastern part of the state. But for all this potential, both in terms of the power source itself, and the brainpower behind it, Maine risks losing a
We're all about wind power — but do we have a way to harness green energy?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 11, 2009


Politics and other mistakes: Sweet electricity

Harley Lee has a lot to learn about running a scam.
Annexed electricity
By AL DIAMON  |  January 14, 2009

Maine task force to seek offshore power

A new Ocean Energy Task Force, created by Governor John Baldacci last week, is charged in part with investigating the realities of drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Maine.
Energy in the drink
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 12, 2008

Newport company touts grease as a gas competitor

While the return of gas prices to a more palatable level has stifled public discontent for now, it's hard to predict when the next oil shock may occur.
Energy
By CARROLL ANDREW MORSE  |  November 12, 2008
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Hydrogen cars come and go

Despite a lingering lack of infrastructure and research dollars, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and their zero-emission technology are being hailed as our environmental saviors.
Fuel sell
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 05, 2008

Heat of the moment

Because of the high cost of heating oil, I'm considering installing an alternative energy source in my house. I've examined the possibilities, and it looks as if my best bet is a home nuclear-power plant.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 30, 2008


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Bigger! Better!!

This year the festival will host 58 world premieres and 41 North American premieres.
The 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008

Windshift

Harley Lee and I are not friends. The only time we’ve met was a couple of years ago in a Carrabassett Valley bar, where I told him the world would be a better place if somebody poisoned his drink.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 23, 2008

Blown away

I’m sorry to inform you that there is an institution in Maine that repeatedly makes promises to the public, but rarely fulfills them.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  April 09, 2008
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A win-wind situation

It’s a pretty rare day when lobbyists, environmentalists, and labor officials are all happy about supporting the same legislation.
Renewable energy’s promise is a bright spot amid the state’s deficit gloom
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 26, 2008


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Expert warns of food and energy shortage

Unless farmers the world over adopt more intensive growing techniques, we may soon run short of both food and energy.
Environment
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  March 26, 2008

Ill wind

Most of Maine is too butt-ugly to preserve.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 27, 2008
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Green day

More than 85 percent of a concert’s damage to the environment comes from fans.
The local musician’s guide to touring with an eco-conscience
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 07, 2007
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Greased lightning

Oil has been discovered in a Brighton backyard.
Powering the anti – fossil fuel revolution, one fried catfish at a time
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 07, 2007