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Maine’s solar power industry isn’t cheering President Donald Trump’s decision to impose a tariff on imported solar panels as part of a trade dispute with China. But installers here say they can weather it.

Ever-cheaper solar panels from China have helped to spur the industry’s rapid expansion in the U.S. But last year the International Trade Commission ruled that China was violating international trade law by subsidizing panel manufacturers. Now, Trump is slapping a 30 percent tariff on most panels imported to the U.S.

Maine's economic growth accelerated in the third quarter of last year. The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis says the state's gross domestic product - or GDP - was growing at a 3.2 percent annual rate in the July-to-September quarter.

LEWISTON, Maine  - The third largest brewing company in Maine is expanding its taproom to 10 times its original size.
 
Lewiston's Baxter Brewing Co. will open the new 4,800-sq. foot taproom this summer, and it will be incorporating machinery from the building's prior history as a historic mill. The Sun-Journal reports founder Luke Livingston said Monday the taproom's current size has been a continuing issue from the brewery's beginning.
 
Livingston says the current taproom is one of the smallest among Maine's over 100 breweries.
 

Willis Arnold / Maine Public

Maine’s largest electric utility has a new leader, Doug Herling. A Maine native, Herling started with Central Maine Power as an equipment operator in 1985. He rose through the ranks, most recently overseeing electric operations for parent-company Avangrid, a company that serves 2.2 million customers in New England.  Herling sat down with Maine Public's Ed Morin to discuss consumer costs, the influence of renewable energy,  and his vision for the company.

Thousands Of Mainers Vie For 11 Licenses To Fish Baby Eels

Jan 18, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

More than 3,000 Mainers are vying for one of just 11 new baby eel fishing licenses that Maine will issue this year as it reopens the lucrative fishery.

Willis Arnold / Maine Public

Maine's largest electric utility has a new CEO.  Doug Herling took over operations of Central Maine Power Company Jan. 1, a day after the utility's long-time leader Sara Burns stepped down. 

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

It’s been a rough start to the new year for thousands of customers who rely on home heating fuel and for the companies that provide it.

FairPoint Name Vanishing As Consolidated Begins Rebranding

Jan 16, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine  — The company that bought FairPoint Communications is discarding the old name and making plans to upgrade the service of tens of thousands of customers in northern New England.

Consolidated Communications, which has operations in 24 states, is going to begin rebranding with its own logo for trucks and buildings early in the new year, providing the most visible change for its customers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont since it bought FairPoint last summer.

Maine Opposing Push To Require All Lobstermen To Report Catch Data

Jan 16, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The state’s top fisheries official says Maine lobstermen should not be subjected to stricter requirements for reporting their catch to federal regulators.

AUBURN, Maine - People in Maine lined up overnight for a chance at fresh and free doughnuts at the state's newest Krispy Kreme store.
 
Maine's second Krispy Kreme opened in Auburn Monday, after an enthusiastic response to the state's first store in Saco opening in October. Patrons began lining up at 6 p.m. Sunday night for a shot at free doughnuts.
 
Some who lined up Sunday night had their patience rewarded with a card that entitles them to free doughnuts every week for a year.
 

Camden National Bank plans to use some of the money it's saving on corporate taxes under the new Republican tax plan to give bonuses to its non-executive employees.

Full-timers will get a $1,000 bonus, part-timers $750.

Camden President and CEO Greg Dufour says while it's nice to be able to thank employees for their service, it's also about employee retention and long-term planning.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press File

Maine regulators are putting a hold on an innovative offshore wind project’s proposed contract to sell electricity to Central Maine Power, the latest twist in Aqua Ventus’ attempt to test a floating turbine platform near Monhegan Island.

Among the fees on your monthly phone bill is a charge to fund the 911 emergency system. They all add up to about $7 million a year, but the fee has generated a surplus of nearly $6 million, and the Public Utilities Commission is now asking lawmakers for the authority to reduce the charge.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

The deadline to enter Maine's lottery for new elver fishing licenses is coming next Monday, Jan. 15.

Maine Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols says this year, there are 13 new licenses available for Maine residents who haven't had their eligibility suspended, and who are at least 15 years old.

"This is a nice opportunity for people to get into this - what is, by far, the most lucrative fishery we have on a per-pound basis," Nichols says.

In the last season, elvers were worth more than $1,300 per pound. Overall, the fishery brought in $13 million.

Joel Page / Associated Press File

This story was originally published Jan. 8, 2017 at 5:22 p.m. ET.

New England electricity customers could get a direct benefit from a cut in federal corporate taxes — lower utility bills.

Consumer advocates in New England are calling on regulators and utilities to turn over to ratepayers any savings from a reduction in the corporate income tax rate, which the recent tax law knocked down by 40 percent.

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