I just can’t think of anything finer than to make power for our public buildings from the local dump—er, landfill---er, solid waste transfer station.

Waste to Energy Blog Posts

Waste-to-Energy in Maine

Call it what you like: waste-to-energy, cogeneration, combined heat and power.  These technologies hold great potential for producing home-grown energy in Maine.  We invite Maine's experts in this field to tell us what they are working on so we can learn from their examples.

Janbacher engines in the waste-to-energy plant at Pine Tree Landfill in Hampden, Maine

The engine room at Pine Tree Landfill's Waste to Energy Plant in Hampden. Photo courtesy of Casella.

10/28/2011 - 2:08pm

On October 27, 2011, a coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals announced a new citizens initiative to increase clean energy in Maine in order to increase energy independence, create jobs, control energy costs and cut pollution. The coalition has established a new group, Maine Citizens for Clean Energy, which is beginning to gather signatures for the November 2012 ballot.

10/21/2011 - 9:30am

The closing of the Brunswick Naval Air Station leaves behind over 3,000 acres of prime real estate with close to 2 million square feet of commercial and industrial space, a world class aviation complex, and 1,000 acres of open space.

09/28/2011 - 12:35pm

The combined heat and power (CHP) market is growing unevenly in different states, and will require more efforts than just supportive policies to achieve greater deployment, according to a new report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

09/16/2011 - 12:19pm

The Hydrogen Education Foundation has announced the new theme for its 8th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest: Combined Heat, Hydrogen and Power. The Contest, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, will challenge students to design a tri-generation system that yields heat, hydrogen, and power, while utilizing local resources.

08/31/2011 - 4:00pm

Blest Distillation Unit for PET plastic.  That is the #1 type of plastic used in soda bottles and the like.

Several points:
1. PET = polyethylene terephthalate, which means polyethylene with phthalate groups hanging off the PE backbone polymer.

08/05/2011 - 3:46pm

How about solar cells that do not require the sun to make energy?  MIT researchers have devised a new type of photovoltaic cell that converts butane to heat and heat to power.  I was just thinking about how hot this laptop is getting on my lap right now, and that this extra heat could be stored to power my cell phone or ipod if or when this new technology is deployed.

08/05/2011 - 12:58pm

“Once the big investments in this most CO2-intensive fossil fuel are made...well, fait accompli. The price at the pump is kept low, for another half-decade, anyway, and then forget about investments in electric cars, or in infrastructure to power transportation with renewable energy.”

07/13/2011 - 3:11pm

Gordon Grimes is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Energy Practice Group. He has spent over thirty years representing the interests of private energy generators, banks, contractors, and other entities in the power generation industry. On June 12, 2011, Gordon was interviewed by Steve D'Agostino of  WICN 90.5 FM, the NPR affiliate serving Central New England.

06/30/2011 - 5:14pm

Now, most of us wouldn't dream of leaving Maine in August. We'd all dread having to travel to Cincinnati to attend these concurrent workshops, but if you are bidding on government contracts for construction or power purchase agreements, you may be glad you did.

06/22/2011 - 2:32pm

Are you wondering what steps to take in deciding whether a wind power installation is right for your farm?  As part of an ongoing series of radio interviews on wind energy aimed at a rural stakeholder audience, WPA and the National Association of Farm Broadcasters produced an audio interview with Sarah Hamlen, Montana State University Extension Wind and Transmission program director.