Fred Bever

News Reporter and Producer

A Columbia University graduate, Fred began his journalism career as a print reporter in Vermont, then came to Maine Public in 2001 as its political reporter, as well as serving as a host for a variety of Maine Public Radio and Maine Public Television programs. Fred later went on to become news director for New England Public Radio in Western Massachusetts and worked as a freelancer for National Public Radio and a number of regional public radio stations, including WBUR in Boston and NHPR in New Hampshire.

Fred formerly was Maine Public Radio’s chief political correspondent from 2001 to 2007 and returned to Maine Public Radio in early 2016 as a news reporter and producer, covering a wide variety of topics across Maine and the region.

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PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine is asking the U.S. Navy for a ship to ferry tourists between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

AUGUSTA, Maine — State regulators are sending lawmakers the results of a multiparty effort to shape the future of residential solar power in Maine.

A decades-old practice called net metering, which pays residential solar power producers retail rates for energy they send onto the grid, is up for review by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Stakeholders are considering experimenting with new methods to compensate solar producers for the energy they put on the grid, while also compensating utilities for providing transmission and billing services.

WASHINGTON — An energy bill that hit the floor of the U.S. Senate this week could provide assistance to the biomass energy industry.

President Barack Obama wants a billion-dollar boost in spending to combat the country’s opiate crisis — an increase that could benefit treatment and enforcement in Maine.

Fred Bever / MPBN

The winter warm spell has maple sap running in some parts of the state — and syrup makers are on the go too,as they to try to capture an early taste of spring.

Thursday has been a big day for the future of renewable energy in Maine and in all of New England. Bids were due at noon for massive, long-term contracts for renewable energy to serve southern New England.

It could mean more than a hundred new wind turbines in northern and western Maine, and more than 200 miles of new transmission lines to move that wind energy south.

Nora Flaherty interviewed MPBN reporter Fred Bever, who has been following this story.

Thursday is a big day for the future of renewable energy in Maine and around New England. Bids are due for massive, long-term contracts for renewable energy to serve southern New England — potentially worth billions of dollars.

Proposals are expected that could significantly increase the number of wind turbines in Maine, while adding miles of new transmission lines needed to move that energy south.

Central Maine Power has a new U.S.-based parent company called Avangrid. But utility officials say its local customers won’t see any difference in service.

BOOTHBAY, Maine — An innovative effort to reduce the need for costly new electricity transmission lines is showing some early success here.

A new study shows that Maine’s senior citizens are about as financially well off as their peers around the country — but by some measures, not doing as well as seniors in Vermont and New Hampshire.

PORTLAND, Maine — A big group of business and policy leaders is launching an ambitious plan to add more than 10,000 high-paying jobs to Maine’s economy by 2025 — potentially many more jobs, according to organizers of the new initiative, called Focus Maine.

The goal is to grow industries in Maine that have the best chance of creating what are called “traded jobs.” That is, jobs that rely on exporting goods or services beyond Maine’s borders. There are alerady a few examples of the type here.

Fred Bever / MPBN

WATERVILLE, Maine — Less than two weeks after Gov. Paul LePage’s comments about drug dealers impregnating white women in Maine sparked national controversy, he was in the audience at a Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial breakfast in Waterville Monday.

An important milestone has been reached in the growth of solar electricity in Maine. There are enough residential and commercial solar power producers in Central Maine Power territory to account for as much as one percent of CMP’s load on peak demand days.