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ReEnergy Biomass Plant Shuts Down In Maine

ReEnergy has closed down its biomass-fueled 37 megawatt electricity plant in Fort Fairfield, Maine, local media are reporting. Opened over 30 years ago and situated close to the Canadian border, the facility employs 21 people. Its feedstock is, according to ReEnergy’s website, sustainably harvested forest residue material and mill residue. This biomass is used to […]

Maine Governor Will Oppose Borrowing Aimed At Helping Biomass Industry

Governor Paul LePage told lawmakers he opposes a pair of bills that would have taxpayers fund a $45 million subsidy to help Maine’s floundering biomass industry. In a rare appearance before the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee, LePage said the Legislature should focus instead on ways of creating industries that bring greater value from the state’s […]

Backers Of Maine Biomass Project Say They Are ‘Not Going Anywhere’

The husband and wife behind an ambitious vision of transforming Maine’s forest industry into a fuel- and food-based bioeconomy say they have spent more than $17 million of their own money to refurbish and diversify two ailing wood-fired power plants, are committed to completing the projects, and are working to settle unpaid bills and back […]

New Hampshire Biomass Industry Gets A Temporary Lifeline

Biomass markets in New England are having a tough time surviving. Low wholesale power prices, combined with flagging incentives for renewable biomass from states in Southern New England, have left biomass plants throughout the region struggling to continue operations. As markets for low-grade wood—both pulpwood and biomass—have declined in the Northeast, remaining low-grade markets have […]

Debate Brews Over Maine Biomass Bailout

Maine taxpayers’ support of wood-to-energy facilities around the state has been called both a waste and a lifeline to rural forest economies. With one notable exception, there’s general agreement that Maine lawmakers’ latest support for biomass energy is a subsidy. A report in April panned that latest government support and past efforts for policymakers to […]

Maine Biomass Firm Settles With Loggers, Defers Subsidy Payments

Stored Solar, the biomass generator scheduled to receive state subsidies at its plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro over the next two years, has settled with loggers who claimed they were not being paid. The company also told state regulators it would like to rework its share of a two-year subsidy agreement to defer the […]

Maine Loggers Say Biomass Company Not Paying Bills

Loggers have cut off deliveries to a Maine biomass electricity generator because the company has stopped paying its bills, the head of an industry association said Tuesday. Dana Doran, executive director of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine, said loggers who provide wood chips and other biomass fuel haven’t been paid by the company, Stored […]

Alabama Company Buys Closed Maine Biomass Power Plant

A shuttered, 24-megawatt power plant fueled by wood chips in Penobscot County is expected to come back on line by the end of June, bringing an estimated 300 jobs to the area. An Alabama-based company called 42 Railroad Ave LLC has signed a deal to purchase the biomass power plant in Stacyville, formerly operated by […]

Maine Sawmill Aims To Bring New Biomass Plant Online Next Year

Plans to construct a biomass plant on the Robbins Lumber Inc. property are moving forward with work already under way on some portions of the project. The 8.5-megawatt biomass plant, which has a net 7.5-megawatt generating capacity, will burn bark, wood chips and sawdust to power a steam turbine to generate electricity. Waste heat from […]

Maine’s Biomass Bailout Will Mean Jobs, But At A Cost

To keep their share of a $13.4 million bailout over the next two years, two Maine biomass plant operators have promised to keep 87 people employed, according to agreement details disclosed for the first time this week. The bailout, which was sought by the logging industry after several paper mill and biomass plant closures, also […]

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