Emily Turner, Maine Campus
On March 25, the University of Maine System board of trustees authorized the spending of up to $5.7 million to continue negotiations for a plan to shift the Orono campus from use of fossil fuels to renewable energy.
This is the second phase of negotiations which would give Honeywell, an engineering firm, an offer to complete the design and provide a complete scope of the project.
Another portion of the money authorized on Monday would go towards hiring experts to work on the project.
Honeywell estimated the project to shift the UMaine campus toward renewable energy will save around $6 million in electricity and heat costs per year through implementing a new power plant and solar array. A long-term wood-fuel contract would also provide a more predictable and stable energy cost.