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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

Renewable Electricity Becomes Available for Homes and Businesses
04/22/2013 - 10:53am

Maine Green Power logoOn April 19, 2013, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) announced the launch of a program called "Maine Green Power" to provide a supply of electricity generated 100% in Maine from renewable sources. The program is open to both individual and business ratepayers who are customers of Central Maine Power, Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service Co.

Read more from the MPUC and in our blog post about the program. Or, skip right to the MGP website.

Funding Secured for Downeaster Maintenance Facility in Brunswick
03/26/2013 - 4:14pm

Amtrak Downeaster Train by Car Free MaineThe Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) announced on March 25, 2013 that it has awarded a $12 million construction contract to Consigi Construction Company of Portland to build a layover and maintenance facility in Brunswick. Once the facility is complete, the Amtrak Downeaster will be able to add one daily round trip to Boston. Funding from a new federal source enabled NNEPRA to use Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for the project.

Read more from the NNEPRA and in Mainebiz. Photo courtesy of Car Free Maine.

DEP's Denial of Passadumkeag Wind Permit is Reversed
03/26/2013 - 3:47pm

In a 5-1 vote held on March 21, 2013, Maine's Board of Environmental Protection upheld an appeal by Passadumkeag Windpark LLC(developer) and Penobscot Forest LLC (landowners), of a November 2012 decision by the Department of Environmental Protection to deny their permit application. The point of disagreement was on whether the 14-turbine wind plant would meet the visual impact standards required by the Maine Wind Energy Act.

Read more in Mainebiz or in the Bangor Daily News.

Groups Seek to Save Smolts by Stalling Hydrodam Turbines
03/22/2013 - 9:15am

The Brunswick dam on the Androscoggin River in Brunswick Maine with fish ladder at leftEnvironment Maine and Friends of Merrymeeting Bay have filed a motion with the U.S. District Court in Portland, seeking a preliminary injunction to stop operation of the Weston, Shawmut and Lockwood dams on the Kennebec River, and the Brunswick dam on the Androscoggin River for 7 weeks. The groups say that the dams, owned by Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, are killing large numbers of young endangered Atlantic salmon or "smolts".

Read more in Mainebiz.

UMaine Develops Device to Gather Offshore Wind Data
03/08/2013 - 3:58pm

the LiDAR buoy system under development by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center Later this spring, UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center will test a buoy-based light detection and ranging system, or LiDAR, which can gauge wind speeds at up to 600' above the surface of the ocean. Data from the device can help to determine the best location for offshore wind turbines.

Read the full story in the Bangor Daily News or in Mainebiz.

PUC Boosts Support for Energy Efficiency
03/07/2013 - 1:43pm

Efficiency Maine logoThe Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved a plan to increase the systems benefit charge paid on electric bills nearly threefold over three years and invest the revenues in Efficiency Maine Trust's programs. Analysts say that increasing energy efficiency in the state could ultimately drop Maine electricity rates 6% by 2025 and boost Gross State Product by $1.4 billion. The plan must next be approved by the legislature. 

Read more in Mainebiz.

UMaine Farmington Trustees Approve Fourth Geothermal Project
03/05/2013 - 4:19pm

the education center at University of Maine at Farmington boasts a geothermal heating and cooling system.Trustees for the University of Maine at Farmington gave the green light to a $1.5 million project to heat and cool 50,000 square feet of campus building space using geothermal technology. This fourth geothermal system on the campus will help it to meet its Climate Action Plan goal of eliminating its greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 and reducing its GHG output by 20 percent by 2015.

Read more in the Portland Press Herald, in Mainebiz or on UMF's website.

Photo credit: University of Maine Farmington.

Obama Picks Moniz for Energy Secretary
03/05/2013 - 2:56pm

Ernest Moniz the nominee for secretary of energy in President Obamas second termOn March 4, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Ernest Moniz, director of the Energy Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to replace Steven Chu as secretary of energy. The nomination has met with mixed reactions from environmentalists, who see Moniz as a proponent of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and for nuclear power.

Read it all in the Huffington Post.

Photo credit: Massachussetts Institute of Technology

Second Biocoal Plant Planned for Eastport
02/24/2013 - 3:23pm

Torrefited wood pellets or biocoal by thermogenThermogen, the company that is building one plant to produce torrefied wood pellets (or biocoal) in Millinocket, has signed an agreement to take over the former BASF plant in Eastport to produce the same product there, for export to the UK. The plant is expected to employ 75 directly and 300 in the woods. 

Read the full story in Mainebiz.

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