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Tux Turkel writes primarily about energy issues affecting Maine. Over the years, he has gazed into the spent-fuel pool at the now-gone Maine Yankee nuclear plant, looked across Casco Bay from atop Wyman Station’s smokestack, and toured power plants and wind farms across the state, but remains confused about why electricity doesn’t leak from our wall sockets. When he’s not trying to make sense of dense regulatory filings at the Public Utilities Commission, he’s likely to be hiking in the mountains or visiting Maine’s coastal islands in his small motorboat. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Tux lives in Yarmouth with his wife, youngest son, a cat and a guinea pig.

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  • Published
    July 13, 2011

    House squashes lightbulb repeal

    House Republicans on Tuesday failed to stop the enactment of new energy-saving standards for light bulbs they portrayed as yet another example of big government interfering in people’s lives.

  • Published
    July 12, 2011

    U.S. House fails to overturn switch to energy-saving light bulbs

    U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday failed to stop the enactment of new energy-saving standards for light bulbs they portrayed as yet another example of big government interfering in people’s lives. The GOP bill to overturn the standards set to go into effect in January fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for passage. The vote […]

  • Published
    April 12, 2011

    Lawmakers opt out of CMP change

    AUGUSTA — State lawmakers will let Maine’s Public Utilities Commission decide whether Central Maine Power Co. customers can choose not to have smart meters installed at their homes and businesses.

  • Published
    April 11, 2011

    Legislature defers to PUC on smart meter policy

    Declining to decide the merits of an opt-out bill follows established protocol of not preempting an issue that’s under formal review at the PUC.

  • Published
    April 7, 2011

    On smart meters, state utilities panel sides with CMP

    Central Maine Power Co. did an extensive examination of options, costs and benefits before picking the wireless technology for its smart electricity meters, the Maine Public Utilities Commission has concluded.

  • Published
    April 7, 2011

    Panel backs CMP in smart meters battle

    Central Maine Power Co. did an extensive examination of options, costs and benefits before picking the wireless technology for its smart electricity meters, the Maine Public Utilities Commission has concluded.

  • Published
    April 5, 2011

    Builders protest attempts to undo uniform code

    Backers say the code improves Maine’s business climate, reduces energy costs, and improves the quality and safety of new buildings.

  • Published
    April 4, 2011

    Nominee to chair PUC nearing confirmation

    Thomas Welch, who served as the PUC’s chair from 1993 to 2005, is widely praised for his long and varied experience.

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    Brunswick Executive Airport open for business

    BRUNSWICK — The taxiway and twin runways that cover more than 700 acres here were empty on Wednesday. The only sound was wind whipping across the vast open space; the only human presence was crew of electricians fixing lights at a distant windsock.

  • Published
    April 3, 2011

    Airport opens in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — The taxiway and twin runways that cover more than 700 acres here were empty on Wednesday. The only sound was wind whipping across the vast open space; the only human presence was crew of electricians fixing lights at a distant windsock.

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