As many years as I've been heating with cordwood, I’m getting just a wee bit tired of splitting and stacking and carrying it all here and there.  Those folks with the pellet delivery trucks might just have something there.

Wood Heat News


Mainers have been heating with wood since forever, and it is a no-brainer since we have so much wood available.  The new wood pellet heat technologies offer another way to go about using wood for heat.  Let's hear from the experts on wood heat and also from the users about their experience with it.

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E2Tech Hosts its First Expo Oct. 1
09/28/2015 - 9:45pm

Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine E2TechThe Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) and its partners are pleased to host the inaugural E2Tech Expo on October 1, 2015. Events include keynotes from a Fortune 50 company and a venture capital firm; its first-ever “E2Tech Talks” on Maine’s local and global food movements; a high-level plenary panel on cleantech markets, technologies, and public policies; workshops on energy policy, workforce development & career connections, sustainability in the supply chain, and cluster development and seed funding; and dozens of tables featuring environmental and energy companies, products, services, and resources.

You may see the agenda and register here.

Maine Islanders Study Danish Energy Ways
01/18/2015 - 6:22pm

Samso Island, Denmarks Energy Academy photo courtesy of Samso Energy AcademyIn October of 2014, a group of 5 Mainers from Peaks and Monhegan Islands and 15 College of the Atlantic students traveled to Denmark's Samso Island to attend the Samso Energy Academy and learn about their "Fossil-Free Island" project.

Samso Island is becoming energy independent by using wind and solar power and geothermal and biomass heat. Read a great New York times article that details what they learned there.

Image: Samso Energy Academy photo courtesy of Samso Energy Academy.

Thermogen Changes Horses: from Torrefaction to Steam Explosion
03/16/2014 - 2:59pm

Thermogen Industries a Cate Street Capital CompanyCate Street Capital, LLC, the owner of Thermogen Industries, has asked the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) to allow it to change the process and product it will make at its yet-to-be constructed plant in East Millinocket.

The company has decided to put its money on a technology known as steam-exploded black pellets rather than the torrefied wood product known as biocoal. University of Maine Professor Robert Rice has said of the two products that, "based on testing we have done…of torrefied wood and black pellets, I would say that black pellets have a distinct advantage.”

FAME will review the proposed change to Cate Street's financial package of bonds and loan guarantees at its meeting in April. Read all the details in the Bangor Daily News.

Biomass Boiler Opening Celebrated At The Fort Kent Northern Maine Medical Center
04/22/2013 - 4:15pm

VIPs celebrate opening of Northern Maine Medical Center biomass boiler. Photo Credit: Northern Maine Medical CenterOn February 11, 2013, Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent celebrated the opening of its biomass boiler, after 13 years of work to reach its goal. Funding for the boiler was provided by a $6.7 million USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan and a US Forest Service Grant of $750,000.

Read the full article in Biomass Magazine or in Bangor Daily News.

Photo Credit: Northern Maine Medical Center

New Year Brings New Director of Governor's Energy Office
01/03/2013 - 12:57pm

Patrick Woodcock, the Director of Maine's Governor's Energy OfficeKenneth Fletcher has resigned his post as the Director of the Governor's Energy Office and Patrick Woodcock of Hampden, who most recently served as Senator Snowe's senior adviser for energy and environment issues will succeed him on January 7, 2013.

Woodcock, a 2004 graduate of Bowdoin College, faces an uphill challenge to fill Fletcher's shoes, as reported in the Portland Press Herald.

LePage Expresses Thoughts on Energy in Video
10/17/2012 - 12:45pm

In a video posted on Youtube on October 15, 2012, Maine Governor Paul LePage expressed his views about how to lower Maine's electricity rates, which he says are not competetive with the rest of the US. The governor favors focusing on energy sources that require no subsidies, citing hydropower, biomass, wood pellets, heat pumps and natural gas. LePage maintains that wind is the most expensive source of power.

Watch it for yourself here.

City of Gardiner Installs Second Wood Pellet Heating System
03/08/2012 - 1:37pm

The city of Gardiner is celebrating the installation of its second wood pellet heating system.  This one will heat the city hall and fire department buildings; the first was installed in the municipal garage in 2009. At 2012 fuel prices, the new system is estimated to save taxpayers $195,000 in fuel costs over 25 years. 

Mayor Andrew MacLean said, "Gardiner is proud to be at the forefront of the alternative energy revolution and we expect many other communities to follow in our footsteps in the years to come as rising energy costs put more and more strain on municipal budgets.”

Read more in the Bangor Daily News. Read about the March 14 celebratory open house on our calendar of events.

Wood Pellet Systems Approved for FHA Homes
03/05/2012 - 1:35pm

Federal Housing Administration appraiser guidelines now include wood pellet systems as an acceptable heating source for FHA-insured single-family properties. An initiative by Senator Susan Collins is responsible for securing the approval, announced recently by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "This is one way we at HUD can relieve financial pressure on families while supporting a growing source of alternative energy and local jobs", said Donovan.

Read more in Mainebiz.

Wood Pellet Industry Bends USDA Rep's Ear
02/10/2012 - 1:05pm

Leaders from Maine's wood pellet heating industry had an opportunity to speak with USDA Rural Development Undersecretary Dallas Tonsager on Thursday, February 9, at the Corinth Wood Pellets manufacturing plant in Corinth. Officials from the Maine Pellet Fuels Association and industry players asked for subsidies to help Maine homeowners convert from conventional fuels to wood pellets for their heat source.

“I think you have an evolving industry and the pieces are starting to fit together,” said Tonsager.

Read more in the Bangor Daily News or in Mainebiz.

Corinth Wood Pellets Receives $9K Grant
11/17/2011 - 10:28am

 On November 10, 2011, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Corinth Wood Pellets of Corinth, Maine was one of 67 projects nationwide that the USDA has selected for funding through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The program, which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill, is focused on helping rural agricultural producers reduce energy consumption and costs; use renewable energy technologies in their operation; and/or conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. Grant amounts ranged from $1,041 to $100,000; Corinth Wood Pellets' grant was for $9,000.

Read it all on the USDA's news page.