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Rockland Power Plant
  • Published
    February 26, 2016

    UPDATED: Planning Board continues power plant ordinance work Tuesday

    The Rockland Planning Board will continue work on ordinance changes to regulate potential power generation facilities in the city during its meeting Tuesday, March 1. The meeting will begin with a site visit on an unrelated business application off site at 5 p.m. (See attached agenda and documents) and then the board will return to City Hall around 6 p.m. to continue its work with the Energy Advisory Committee ...

  • Published
    February 17, 2016

    Planning Board begins work on power generation ordinance

    Members of the Rockland Planning Board raised concerns about the tight deadline for submitting a draft of an ordinance to regulate grid-scale power generation facilities as it started the process Feb. 16 with help from the city's Energy Advisory Committee. Between the members of the two committees gathered at City Hall, concerns were raised about the potential for high-pitched noise, massive water use, the ...

  • Published
    June 18, 2015

    Power plant developer considering other sites

    The developer of a proposed natural gas power plant is taking another look at other possible locations in Rockland, after questions were raised in a public forum about building the plant at the current City Hall site, according to City Councilor Larry Pritchett. Pritchett said the potential sites that have been discussed have been the Rockland industrial park, the City Hall property and the solid waste facility ...

  • Published
    May 29, 2015

    Power plant developer will seek TIF agreement with city

    During a public forum May 26 concerning the proposal to build a natural gas-fired power plant on the current City Hall and Public Works garage property, the developer for the project said his company would seek a tax increment financing district agreement with the city of Rockland. Evan Coleman, who is described as a partner in Rockland Energy Center LLC, the local name for the project proposed by Energy Managemen...

  • Published
    May 28, 2015

    Tax ‘game’ allows some towns to protect their state aid at expense of other towns

    This is the second part of a two-part series from ©Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting Every year, the state shares some of the money it collects in taxes with Maine’s schools and cities and towns to help them pay their bills and keep property taxes under control. TIFS: the best-kept secret in town Do you want to find out the details of a TIF in your town? Are you interested in where those millions of ...

  • Published
    May 28, 2015

    Tax law allows billions in business property taxes to be diverted from paying for local services and schools

    This is part one of a two-part series provided by ©Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. Part two can be found here Put an addition on your house, and the town assessor will come around, increase the value of your house and your property taxes will go up. Put up a new store or factory, and the same thing will happen. The greater the value of your property, the more you pay into the town coffers. That’s the ...

  • Published
    May 28, 2015

    Online Poll: Rockland Energy Center

    This week's On The Line poll asks respondents to weigh the pros and cons of a proposed natural gas power plant in Rockland. See the attached chart for results from last week's poll. Participation in On The Line polls is free and anonymous. You must visit knox.villagesoup.com to take our latest poll. Results appear first in The Courier-Gazette and are published online each Thursday morning at 11 a.m. You can ...

  • Published
    May 28, 2015

    Don't sell Rockland too cheap

    To sell us on the plan to build a natural gas power plant in Rockland, we want to hear a specific commitment on the part of the company coming in that it will generate property taxes, helping ease the burden on city residents. What we are hearing right now is fairly vague. The company, Energy Management Inc. generally or Rockland Energy Center locally, has apparently committed to paying for the cost of moving ...

  • Published
    May 27, 2015

    Fracking debated at city forum on power plant proposal

    A representative of Rockland Energy Center LLC, the company proposing a natural gas power plant to be located on the current City Hall property, fielded questions and concerns from residents May 26 about the practice of fracking and its relation to this project. "This facility does not make or break the fracking industry," REC spokesman Evan Coleman said, after residents raised concerns about the environmental ...

  • Published
    May 21, 2015

    What a proposed natural gas power plant would mean for Rockland

    We tried to find out as much as possible about the proposal to bring a new natural gas fired power plant to the property presently occupied by City Hall and the Public Works garage — What are the economic benefits of the project? Could anyone lose their property as a new natural gas pipeline is extended to the city? How will a new power plant affect property values in nearby neighborhoods? What is this company's ...

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