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Gov. LePage, Legislators Question Grant to Green Energy Group
02/11/2011 - 11:55am

Gov. Paul LePage said this week that it is “imperative” to find out if the state exercised appropriate oversight of the Maine Green Energy Alliance, which recently surrendered the balance of a $1.1 million contract with Efficiency Maine Trust after it failed to make progress in meeting milestones set by the agency.

Read the full article by Naomi Schalit, Senior Reporter © The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.

DOE Researchers Making Biofuel from Fungi
02/08/2011 - 11:20am

A researcher at Sandia National Labs preparing fungal biomass samplesEngine experts and biofuels researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are working on a project that aims to modify a fungus so that it will produce fuel-type hydrocarbons for internal combustion engines. The biofuels being investigated for the project are produced by a class of fungi — endophytes — that live between plant cell walls.The beauty of the endophytic fungi, Sandia biochemist Masood Hadi said, is that there is no need for the cost-intensive industrial processes that are typically required to break down biomass. These fungi are designed by nature to grow on cellulose and to digest it, forming fuel-type hydrocarbons as a by-product of their metabolic processes.

Read the entire article on the Department of Energy Website

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University of Maine Contracts to Buy Power from Old Town Landfill
02/02/2011 - 3:00pm

Casella Waste Systems, operator of the Juniper Ridge landfill in Old Town, has agreed to supply methane from the facility to generate steam for the UMO campus for the next twenty years.. 
Read the full story by Ramona du Houx on Maine