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Maine Public Utilities Commission
Activists fight Poland Spring, conflicted regulators
Objecting to the prospect that allegedly biased state officials might approve a decades-long deal that would let Poland Spring bottle and sell for massive profit Maine’s naturally occurring drinking water, a growing group of Mainers is stepping up its activity with an audience-participation protest in Portland during this week’s First Friday Art Walk.
| September 19, 2013
State e-mail retrieval: $36K + 1 year — or free, and right now
Bureaufusion Concratic Dept.
Happily, the estimated $36,000 cost state officials told a reporter it would cost to retrieve certain e-mails sent to or from Kurt Adams when he was chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission turns out to have been a gross overstatement.
| September 16, 2010
Maine's broken e-mail system
When Naomi Schalit of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting asked for electronic copies of e-mails between the chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission and representatives of companies the PUC dealt with, she did not expect to receive a cost estimate of $10,000 from the state — nor to be required to pay $80 for the privilege of receiving that estimate.
| August 26, 2010
Three attorneys who faced allegations of professional misconduct have been cleared of wrongdoing by a committee of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, according to a ruling issued last week.
| May 12, 2010
CMP attorney, state regulators under review
Rule of Law
Three prominent Maine attorneys — two who are state employees and the third who works for one of the state’s largest regulated utility companies — will appear together this week before the grievance committee of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, the professional organization monitoring attorney conduct.
| March 31, 2010
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Faltering steps forward
As in many other sectors, the green world in 2009 was marked as much by bluster as by tangible positive action.
| December 22, 2009
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Here comes the FairPoint bailout
We thought the bailouts were over. They're not. FairPoint Communications, the nightmare that has become northern New England's landline provider, is seeking tax dollars that could help it fulfill the promises made to regulators in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont when the company spent $2.3 billion to buy Verizon's systems here.
| September 02, 2009
Making a quiet killing — of itself and Maine's economy
Businesses in downtown Portland are on the move. Retail-property rents are lower than they have been in years, and stores are making deals left and right, with more than a dozen changing location in the past couple months.
| July 01, 2009
Civil liberties' limits grow
Recent decisions by President Barack Obama and Maine Governor John Baldacci have dampened progressive hopes that the Republican-inspired war on civil liberties might be winding down.
| June 10, 2009
FairPoint finally responds — but not to customers
Is anybody home?
As the Portland Phoenix went to press, FairPoint Communications was supposed to submit to state regulators its plan for fixing the problems that have plagued the company — and brought in legions of customer complaints
| March 26, 2009
FairPoint's finances are failing fast
FairPoint with state and federal regulators show that "stable" isn't exactly the right word for its current status
Two major safety valves in the financial house of cards that is New England's largest landline telecommunications service provider blew last week.
| March 11, 2009
We're all about wind power — but do we have a way to harness green energy?
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 lot of money.
| February 11, 2009
Going green: Ghostbusters
Reducing phantom loads
My monthly rent payment includes heat and electricity, a luxury I'm still getting used to at the new apartment I moved into this summer.
| January 28, 2009
Will FairPoint run out of money?
Wall Street’s melt down could burn consumers throughout Northern New England — especially those in Maine.
| September 17, 2008
Are you paying too much for your heating bill?
Critics charge that lax regulation is inflating utility costs in Rhode Island
As winter approaches and energy prices rise worldwide, Rhode Islanders will wince when they open their monthly bills for electricity and natural gas.
| September 10, 2008
We told you so
FairPoint’s phone-line takeover is as bad as regulators feared.
FairPoint’s transition has been slow, and is already four months behind schedule.
| July 02, 2008
Politics and other mistakes
I’m sorry to inform you that there is an institution in Maine that repeatedly makes promises to the public, but rarely fulfills them.
| April 09, 2008
A bad idea triumphs
Verizon: $500,000,000 — Public: $0
The only way the regulators could abandon their duties more would be to develop amnesia in addition to their weakened spines.
| February 27, 2008
Kill the house lights
Politics and other mistakes
As we celebrate the solstice on December 21, take comfort in knowing that state officials are doing all they can to make it even darker. And, like Tax Day, more expensive.
| December 19, 2007
No raises — it gets better
Fewer workers are also part of FairPoint’s plan to remain solvent
FairPoint, as you might expect, has been in a tizzy.
| November 20, 2007
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water
Can Maine’s alternative-energy sources save the day?
It’s going to take more than screwing in a few compact fluorescent light bulbs to make a dent in the state’s energy use.
| September 19, 2007
Getting online in Maine can be painfully slow. And the planned Verizon-FairPoint merger won’t help.
If only our state officials thought about fiber.
| August 22, 2007
Portland scene report: August 10, 2007
Sibilance starts now
Pfeifle’s some kind of weird ass-obsessed freak, apparently.
PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF
| August 08, 2007
MCLU worries FBI is watching peace groups
The Maine Civil Liberties Union is fighting on two fronts to protect Mainers’ privacy against the government's efforts to intrude.
| November 01, 2006
MCLU wants to join federal lawsuit
The Maine Civil Liberties Union hopes to become a defendant in a federal lawsuit pitting the state against the US Department of Justice.
| September 13, 2006
They're watching you
Bugged Levis, unauthorized sex tapes, leaked medical records — is nothing sacred anymore?
A guide for privacy for Mainers and beyond.
| August 30, 2006
State will not investigate Verizon — yet
Mainers may despair of ever getting their privacy back after a recent ruling in a battle to convince the state’s Public Utilities Commission to investigate suspicions that Verizon has given customers’ phone records to the federal government.
LAURA LANZ-FROLIO AND JEFF INGLIS
| August 09, 2006
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
| September 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM
State to probe missing crude-oil reports #PanAm #mepolitics #crudeoil
July 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM
The answer to this week's game
June 08, 2013 at 12:15 PM
LePage: Big company didn't ask about Maine taxes #mepolitics
May 09, 2013 at 9:59 AM
LePage uses Obamacare to achieve his own political goal #mepolitics
May 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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