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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.

05/24/2011 - 4:26pm

Did you miss a scheduled webinar from the National Renewable Energy Lab's Technical Assistance Program?  Good news: you can still watch them from the archives. Find presentations and supporting materials from past Technical Assistance Webinars for state and local officials on state policies, analysis tools, and financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. 

05/22/2011 - 10:26pm

The Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo North America needs speakers!  The conference will be held February 14 to the 16 in 2012 in Long Beach, California.

05/14/2011 - 3:49pm

Bates College of Lewiston, Maine, is the largest purchaser of green power among the New England Small College Athletic Conference and currently ranks number one among all small, private liberal arts colleges in the EPA's Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program hel

05/14/2011 - 3:03pm

Want to learn how to simply heat your greenhouse and reduce heating costs in an environmental friendly way?  It is possible to effectively heat your green house with cooking oil!  Learn about systems for heating with recycled cooking oil from farm owner Ralph Turner.

03/30/2011 - 4:18pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) is a voluntary assistance program that helps to reduce methane emissions from landfills by encouraging the recovery and beneficial use of landfill gas (LFG) as an energy resource.

12/27/2010 - 1:13pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about biomass energy.  The term “biomass” refers to many different types of energy production and most involve burning waste biological materials; some even use it in talking about landfill waste-to-energy systems. In Maine, it usually means forest waste.

12/23/2010 - 3:44pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about energy produced from waste.  This is a broad topic with many branches, including farm waste to biogas, landfill gas to electricity, and cogeneration, also called combined heat and power. All of these technologies hold immense potential for us to derive energy from sources that we previously thought were worthless to us. 

12/23/2010 - 12:15pm

Welcome to Maine’s conversation about combined heat and power (CHP). CHP is just one way that we can use energy more efficiently in homes and businesses.  Most of the early adopters of CHP systems are commercial, industrial or public institutional users, because of the large scale of the generators, their cost and payback time.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency website,