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.

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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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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. 

01/09/2017 - 9:43pm

To start with, grab your GMO-free, organic popcorn and watch this video from US-DOE about the potential for development in one of Maine's strongest historical energy resources: biomass.

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.

10/16/2016 - 6:17pm

wood pellets for heating image courtesy of Maine Pellet Fuels AssociationWikipedia defines “hydronics” as “the use of water or another liquid heat transfer medium such as glycol as the heat-transfer medium in heating and cooling systems.

01/21/2016 - 5:30pm

A Kedel wood pellet boiler system. Image courtesy of Interphase Energy. On January 13th, 2016, the 75th Maine Agricultural Trade Show hosted a series of speakers presenting ways to bring renewable energy to use on Maine’s farms and rural small businesses.

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?

09/28/2015 - 8:32pm

On September 12, 2015, the third annual Portland Greenfest took place in Monument Square under brilliant, blue skies. Green Energy Maine was there and brings you this photo-retrospective of some of the energy-related exhibitors there. Take a little walk with us...

08/28/2015 - 4:58pm

Image of Kathleen Meil courtesy of Evergreen Home PerformanceFive Mainers plan to join a diverse group of leaders from across the country gathering in Washington, D.C.

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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.

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