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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.

 
 

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03/12/2017 - 1:28pm

A solar eruptive prominence as seen in extreme UV light on March 30 2010 with Earth superimposed for a sense of scale image Credit to NASA and SDOYou may have heard of solar storms in earth science or geophysics classes in school, right?

02/20/2017 - 3:28pm

 New England Grassroots Environment Fund logoThe New England Grassroots Environment Fund is offering Grow Grants of up to $3,500 for community sustainability initiatives across New England and the application deadline for this round is March 15, 2017. 

02/04/2017 - 9:22pm

smart meter photo by Kay MannOn January 31, 2017, the Maine Public Utilities Commission issued a decision on proposed rule changes regarding customer net energy billing. The following information comes from the MPUC’s press release on the announcement.

12/11/2016 - 12:56pm

Nathan Smith Darrell Henry Jason Smith and David Meyer speak on energy policy panel at E2Tech Expo 2016 photo by Kay MannOn November 17, 2016, E2Tech hosted its second annual expo at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

11/13/2016 - 1:23pm

Image from 2015 E2Tech Expo courtesy of E2TechThe second annual E2TECH EXPO on November 17 will be the premier energy event of the year! The U.S.

05/05/2016 - 2:08pm

CHP systems Photo by the DOEMunicipalities, businesses, and even individual homeowners are right now looking at equipment that will provide both hea

01/23/2016 - 4:30pm

Alex Pine of Maine Standard Biofuels photo by Kay MannOn January 12-14, 2016, the Maine Agricultural Trades Show took place at the Augusta Civic Center. In a Wednesday session, Jennifer Brennan of the Greater Portland Council of Governments (or GPCOG) introduced Alex Pine, Direc

12/26/2015 - 11:38am

greater portland council of governments logo courtesy of gpcogAre you interested in learning more about the many benefits that renewable energy can provide to your farm or business and finding some grant money to get you started?

10/26/2015 - 4:32pm

GrowSmart Maine Director Nancy Smith photo by Kay MannGrowSmart Maine held its annual meeting on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 in the lovely old mill building called the Pepperell Center in Biddeford, Maine.

Waste to Energy News

Feds Throw Lifeline to Maine’s Forest Products Industry
02/05/2017 - 7:40pm

SAPPIs Skowhegan woodyard courtesy of SAPPIOn January 18, 2017, the US Economic Development Administration announced a series of grants and initiatives aimed at breathing new life into Maine’s ailing forest products industry by helping industry leaders create a vision and roadmap for the sector. These will include forging a collaboration between Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Maine and the US Department of Energy, to find new opportunities for biomass energy for combined heat and power, microgrid and cutting edge research related to biofuels.

The news is welcomed by the Maine Forest Products Council and the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine as a way to carry the industry into a future of stable prosperity.

Read the full report of the Economic Development Assessment Team (EDAT).  Or, read the full story in Mainebiz.

Image credit: SAPPI’s Skowhegan woodyard courtesy of SAPPI.

MPUC Defers Decision on Net Metering Rule Changes
01/08/2017 - 1:51pm

Photo of Mark Vannoy courtesy of the Maine Public Utilities CommissionOn December 19, 2016, the Maine Public Utilities Commission announced a delay in handing down a decision about a controversial set of proposed rule changes to Maine’s net metering law.

Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy was quoted as saying, ”This is an important rule and more time is needed to consider the proposed rule in light of the comments we received to ensure that the rule treats all ratepayers in a fair manner. It remains clear that changes in technology and costs of small renewable generation, particularly solar photo-voltaic, require a careful review of the current rule and potential modifications."

The 128th Maine Legislature, which has just opened it 2017 session, will also be considering changes to net metering laws.

Read more in Mainebiz and read the announcement on the MPUC website.

Photo of Mark Vannoy courtesy of the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

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.

Construction Begins on Maine's Third Anaerobic Digester
07/28/2015 - 9:00pm

Anaerobic digester drawing courtesy of Village Green VenturesVillage Green Ventures has begun construction of its $10 million anaerobic digester at Brunswick Landing. With completion projected by the end of 2015, the plant will meet roughly half of the electricity needs of the businesses at the Brunswick landing campus by converting all of Brunswick's sewage sludge, and wastes from other sources, into power.

Anaerobic digesters are also operating in Lewiston/Auburn and at Stonyvale Farm in Exeter. Read the full article in the Portland Press Herald.

Image credit: Anaerobic digester drawing courtesy of Village Green Ventures.

Bowdoin College Earns EPA Award for Energy Efficiency Efforts
07/01/2015 - 4:42pm

Solar panels atop Bowdoin's Farley Field House and Watson Arena Image courtesy of Bowdoin CollegeOn July 1, 2015, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine was recognized by EPA with a 2015 Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award. CHP technology produces electricity and useful heat simultaneously from a single energy source, such as natural gas, oil, or biomass. For hospital systems and universities, CHP systems can also provide reliability benefits which ensure that these facilities’ operations can continue in the event of power outages.

This award recognizes Bowdoin College for the superior efficiency of its CHP system that produces 630 kW of electricity and steam that provides space heating and hot water to 1.4 million square feet across 56 campus buildings. Bowdoin’s CHP system, designed by RMF Engineering, includes an oil or natural gas-fired boiler and a 630 kW steam turbine. With an operating efficiency of nearly 87 percent, the CHP system requires approximately 12 percent less fuel than grid-supplied electricity and conventional steam production. The system also avoids emissions of air pollutants, including an estimated 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, equal to the emissions from the generation of electricity used by nearly 130 homes.

Follow links for more information about EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership or on Energy Star CHP awards.

Image: Solar panels atop Bowdoin's Farley Field House and Watson Arena. Image courtesy of Bowdoin College.

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