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Jonathan Rubin featured on WVOM for Energy in Maine

Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 6:45 am

Following up on Catherine Dickerson’s and Jonathan Rubin’s Report, “Energy in Maine,” as part of the Maine Development Foundation’s Quarterly Economic Report, Jonathan Rubin, appeared on the  GEORGE HALE RIC TYLER SHOW – WVOM, Energy in Maine, 103.9 on 23 February 2015.

Energy is a critical cost factor to Maine people and businesses and to others who may consider relocating here. The Measures of Growth report’s Cost of Energy indicator tracks retail and industrial electricity prices for Maine, both of which have declined in recent years. Nevertheless, Maine’s costs of energy remain high relative to the nation. Further understanding of the issues related to costs, consumption, and production can help inform our decisions as we look to grow Maine’s economy.
Find the full report here: Quarterly economic Report Energy in Maine February  2015

For more information see the Maine Development Foundation website here.

Report on Cost of Substance Abuse in Maine

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Marcella Sorg, along with Anne Rogers of the State of Maine Office of Substance Abuse and recent UMaine graduate Jamie Wren recently completed a report on the economic cost of substance abuse to the State of Maine in 2010. The total cost for that year is estimated at $1.4 billion, a 56% increase over the 2005 cost. The report, which updates previous reports done for 2000 and 2005, focuses on a broad range of indicators of substance abuse cost, including treatment, mortality, morbidity, medical care, and crime. The report is entitled “The Cost of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Maine, 2010″ and can be found at

Marcella Sorg is a Research Associate Professor of Anthropology, Climate Change and Public Policy and a staff member at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.

Acheson authors Maine Development Foundation’s Quarterly Economic Report: Personal Income in Maine

Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Ann Acheson authored the Maine Development Foundation’s second Quarterly Economic Report, Personal Income in Maine.  As noted by the MDF, “This series of quarterly reports further explores the economic indicators in Measures of Growth In Focus, a reliable and trusted annual report issued by the Maine Economic Growth Council.” A copy of the MDF press release can be found here. A story about the report in the Bangor Daily News can be found here.

The full report may be found at



Energy in Maine

Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 4:04 pm
Maine has no fossil fuel reserves or any refining capacity, making Maine particularly dependent on the fluctuations in the worldwide market for fossil fuels. However, Maine does have significant considerable potential to increase the diversity of current fossil fuels used; to enhance energy conservation and efficiency; and to produce alternative energy from Maine sources including biomass, wind, solar, and tides. Energy in Maine presents a summary of the current state of energy production and use in Maine, and identifies the major components of current energy policy in Maine.
The full report: Energy in Maine (PDF)
A brief of the report, which provides a synopsis of Energy in Maine, is found here (PDF)